Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus
Catholic prelates in Syria, accompanied by Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, visited the eastern Ghouta region outside of Damascus and saw “unspeakable suffering”.
Iraqi Chaldean Christian children queue up to receive their First Communion during mass at the Apostles Peter and Paul Chaldean Catholic Church in Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on July 13, 2018. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images)
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A young Syrian refugee holds a watermelon at his shop in the Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan, June 22, 2018. “A lot of young men left Syria because they didn’t want to fight in the conflict,” Maha Yahya, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, told Catholic News Service. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters) See SYRIA-CITIZENS-LIMBO March 19, 2019.
By Mario Schiavone |Christian population in Syria is aging fast The Syrian population lives in an undetermined condition, without “peace or war”. An uncertain and difficult situation, which is becoming unsustainable for the weakest, and which sees an impressive decline in Christians, decreased in some areas by 77 percent compared to the times before the conflict. 18/03/2019, 5:00 pm |
Christchurch. The message reads in part: “Please accept our prayer and condolences in this terrible, painful time. God have mercy on the people and we pray for the injured ones. Your brothers, St. Addai Catholic Church, New Zealand.” CNS photo/courtesy NZ CatholicThe St. Addai Chaldean Catholic community in suburban Auckland felt the impact of the Christchurch mosque killings with a special poignancy, because many members have experienced the
By Eno Adeogun A former ISIS leader has vowed to leave the terrorist organisation after a dream motivated him to convert to Christianity. The man, whose identity has been disguised for his safety, is being called Mohammad and used to be a spiritual leader within ISIS.He shared his
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A Catholic charity has raised concerns about the Syrian conflict entering into its ninth year.
The UN estimates that the conflict to date has killed over 400,000 people and left 6.1 million people homeless within Syria, with an additional 500,000 fleeing to neighbouring Continue reading
Will the Middle East’s shattered Christian villages, towns and cities somehow retain their religious and cultural heritage – which dates back to the first century?
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A SECURITY forces member stands atop a church in Bartella. (photo credit: REUTERS) Continue reading
Despite death threats to him and his family, Pastor Abdullah has bravely chosen to stay in Syria and turn his church into a centre of hope for his community. Pastor Abdullah told Open Doors that his parishioners need relief aid, trauma care and assistance to rebuild their homes and their livelihoods. Continue reading
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As the Syrian civil war enters what might be its last year, Christians are trying to rebuild in the face of an uncertain future.
The conflict, which grew out of the tiny spark of anti-government graffiti on 15th March Continue reading
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Bashar Warda, the archbishop of Erbil’s Chaldean Catholic Church, speaks to Rudaw at the Cathedral of Mar Yousif, Ankawa, Erbil on March 13, 2019. Photo: Robert Edwards / Rudaw
Iraqi Christians were forced to flee their towns and villages across the Nineveh Plains Continue reading
Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanization allocates $2.75M for restoration
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Turkey will restore two historical churches that were damaged in PKK attacks four years ago. Continue reading
The Surp Gragos Church was repaired in the late 1990s but was heavily damaged in PKK attacks.
Restoration work has begun on an Armenian and a Chaldean church damaged in terror attacks in Diyarbak?r after government allocates TL 15 million for the project Continue reading
BAGHDAD, March 10 (Xinhua) — Iraqi President Barham Salih on Sunday stressed the need to provide a peaceful environment for the displaced Christians to return to their homes in Iraq.
A statement by his office said that Salih met with Christian clergyman Patriarch Gorgis Continue reading
Syrian Orthodox Christians Count on Russian Help in Rebuilding Shrines – Greek Church
Orthodox Christians in Syria count on Russian support in rebuilding churches and Continue reading
President Barham Salih of Iraq, second from left, welcomed his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, center, at the Salam Palace in Baghdad on Monday.CreditCreditThaier Al-Sudani/Reuters
By Alissa J. Rubin
BAGHDAD — From financing the expansion of the vast courtyards that lead into the Continue reading
(MENAFN) Displaced Iraqi Christians, in order to make it back home, must be presented with a secure atmosphere, affirmed Iraqi President Barham Salih on Sunday.
Iraq’s president made the statement while speaking to with Christian clergyman Patriarch Gorgis III in Baghdad. Continue reading
BAGHDAD, March 10 (Xinhua) — Iraqi President Barham Salih on Sunday stressed the need to provide a peaceful environment for the displaced Christians to return to their homes in Iraq. Continue reading
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Local tribal customs prevent polygamy ban in northeast Syria
Layla Hassan, the co-head of the Deir al-Zor Civil Council, said that practice in her town is not yet banned due to the tribal nature of local comunities. (Photo: Kurdistan Continue reading
Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis, expresses deep grief in front of so much suffering
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A displaced Syrian girl stands among the rubbles next to her shelter in al-Asha’ari, Continue reading