Lopez: A true example of forgiveness and love

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By Kathryn LopezSyndicated Columnist
“I forgave ISIS.”
An Iraqi Christian in Jordan sitting in what looks to be a church auditorium gives her testimony. “We love our enemy, even the ones that hurt us.”
Her videotaped testimony is part of an exhibit recently on display at New York Encounter, an annual faith event held in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Continue reading

European Parliament Adopts Resolution: ISIS commits Genocide against Minorities of Iraq and Syria

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The European Parliament just voted in favor of the Joint Motion for the Resolution “on the systematic mass murder of religious minorities by the so-called ‘ISIS/Daesh’.” The WCA and other ISIS victims around the world warmly welcome the outcome of the vote. See also this important letter the WCA sent yesterday and this morning to the Members Continue reading

More help needed from Europe to sustain Middle East Christians

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By Clare Creegan and John Newton
(Original interview by Oliver Maksan)
THE head of the Middle East’s Franciscans said more help is needed to keep Christians in the region – as an international conference on Syria’s refugee crisis got underway in London.
Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa Continue reading

Iraqi Jesuit saved 1,000 manuscripts

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An Iraqi Jesuit estimates that he saved 1,000 ancient manuscripts, including biblical and liturgical books, from the advance of the Islamic State.
“If Daesh burns down a church we can rebuild it, but the manuscripts are our history,” Father Gabriel Tooma told an international news channel. “If they get destroyed, then Continue reading

Sawra Monitor for Human Rights concerned with the rights of the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people.

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Ladies and Gentlemen:
Despite the risks to minorities in Iraq, especially in the Nineveh Plain and the consequent occupation of crimes after the organization of the Islamic Caliphate State “Daesh” for the region and the displacement of all minorities of Mosul and Nineveh Plain and Sinjar. But there are some problems faced by the Christians of Iraq has Continue reading

Editorial: Leveling history

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In 2009, Suzanne Bott leads a tour at St. Elijah’s monastery, in Mosul, Iraq. Bott spent more than two years surveying and restoring the site as a U.S. State Department cultural adviser in Iraq. ARMY COL. MARY PROPHIT VIA AP
ISIS has destroyed an important part of ancient history. Again. Continue reading

Iraqi forces inflict more losses on Daesh Takfiri militants

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This file photo shows a Russian-built Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet operated by the Iraqi Air Force. ©AFP
Iraqi government forces, backed by military aircraft, have launched successful clean-up operations against the Daesh terrorist group in some parts of the Arab country, dealing heavy blows to the Takfiri militants. Continue reading

Pax Christi International statement after Holy Land Coordination visit

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To be with those who have been forgotten!
TheTo be with those who have been forgotten! is a group of mainly European, North America (USA and Canada) and South African bishops who annually visit different places in the Holy Land meeting with church and political representatives, as well as with local Christian communities and NGOs active in the field of peace, human rights, Continue reading

ISIS Sex Slaves Reveal Traumatic ‘Virginity Tests’ After Escape

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By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter
A Kurdish protester of the Yazidis ethnic minority holds a placard against Islamic State (IS) militants during a demonstration in Frankfurt August 9, 2014. Some 2,000 ethnic Kurds of the Yazidis sect, who practice an ancient faith related to Zoroastrianism, protested in the western German city on Saturday against IS militants, who are surging Continue reading

The Popularity of the Hashd in Iraq

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Posted by: Renad Mansour
Many of Iraq’s Shia are taking up arms to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State. However, rather than enlisting with the Iraqi military via the Ministry of Defense (MOD), they are opting to join paramilitary groups under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF or al-Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic), which has become the Continue reading