WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, today led a bipartisan effort calling on Secretary of State John Kerry to assist religious minorities facing persecution in Syria and Iraq, such as Christians and Yazidis, to find refuge in the United States. The Senators also urged the State Department to provide Continue reading
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After Islamic State (IS) militants took control of Nineveh province, 120,000 Iraqi Christians moved to the Kurdistan Region and since then, about 40% of them have left the region and moved abroad. Continue reading
By Kirstie Chlopicki
Helping hands: Student representative council members Maryam Basim, Matthew Francis, Teresa Haroon, Lina Ishak, and Augen Sifoo have been collecting nonperishable food items for Salvation Army hampers. Picture: Simon Bennett
STUDENTS from Narsai Assyrian Christian College are reaching out to lend a hand Continue reading
Two dead from upturned boat in Sydney
THE only survivor from yesterday’s deadly capsizing in Botany Bay has been released from hospital amid claims the two men killed were not wearing life jackets.
The two men who drowned after their boat was capsized by a rogue wave in huge surf Continue reading
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BEIRUT: A delegation of Australian bishops arrived in Beirut Monday afternoon to show solidarity with displaced Iraqi Christians and offer them moral and financial support.
The visit to Lebanon is part of an initiative by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, which designated Dec. 7 as a Day of Solidarity with the Christians of the Middle East. Continue reading
Harper government proposes to cherry-pick which Syrian refugees we help by prioritizing “persecuted minorities,” which may sideline Sunni Muslims.
A young Syrian refugee enters his tent at the Qushtapa Refugee Camp in Erbil, Iraq, on Dec. 14, 2014.
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By Ollie Gillman for MailOnline
A 2,800-year-old farmhouse, which was used by both the Assyrians and the Greeks, has been unearthed during an archaeological dig near Tel Aviv, Israel
Fascinating 2,800-year-old farmhouse is unearthed during archaeological dig near Tel Aviv, Israel Continue reading
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BEIRUT: Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani endorsed Monday new legislation that establishes five official languages for the largely autonomous region.
Tarek Jawhar, media adviser to the Kurdistan parliament, made the announcement in a news conference. Continue reading
By Sofia Barbarani
With little of no military experience, Syrians from the oldest Christian community in the world are taking up arms against ISIS — with training from a former club owner in Switzerland.
MALIKIYA, Syria – Commander Johan Cosar stands on the rooftop of an abandoned Continue reading
By John Pontifex
THE Religious Freedom in the World Report 2014, published by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has been presented to the European Parliament in Brussels.
Speaking to an audience of 110 invited MEPs and NGO representatives, the report’s Continue reading
By CHRISTOPHER HOFFMAN,
Turkey-Syria Border Explosion
An explosion rocks Syrian city of Kobani during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State (ISIS) group on a People’s Protection Unit (YPG) position in the city center of Kobani, as seen from the outskirts of Suruc, on the Turkey-Syria border in October. (Gokhan Sahin / Getty Images) Continue reading
by Daniel Greenfield
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
The federal government is seeking to resettle more Syrian refugees, but only from the Continue reading
(( They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.)) Continue reading
By Blanca Ruiz
A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq. Credit: www.ankawa.com.
Madrid, Spain, Dec 12, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East. Continue reading
Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 14, 2014 / 06:06 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The leader of the Syriac Catholic Church has lashed out at Western governments, charging that they ignore the plight of displaced Christians in Iraq because they represent no economic stakes.
In an interview in the French capital with international charity Aid to the Church in Need, Continue reading
by Carol Glatz
Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan (AP)
Francis meets patriarch and 350 bishops, priests and lay people from the Syriac Catholic Church
Pope Francis has expressed concern for members of the Syriac Catholic Church who have had to flee from the “inhumanity” unfolding in the Middle East. Continue reading
by Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Baghdadi Archbishop Raphael Louis Sako has suggested that Iraqi Christians refrain from celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in a “worldly” way, with pomp and abundance, but in solidarity with Iraqi refugees who have been driven out by the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. Continue reading
John X, the patriarch of Antioch and all the East, visits the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at their headquarters in New York, Dec. 10, 2014. (photo by Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America/antiochian.org)
WASHINGTON — The United States and other foreign powers must stop financing and Continue reading
BY LEE BERTHIAUME, OTTAWA CITIZEN
TOPSHOTS Displaced Syrian children sit on a tarp after heavy rains in the Bab Al-Salama camp for people fleeing the violence in Syria on December 11, 2014, on the border with Turkey. Aid workers fear a major humanitarian crisis for millions of Syrian Continue reading
Some Michiganders were outraged after hearing Representative John Olumba’s farewell speech. Parts of the speech are being called “bigoted” and “repulsive,” according to WXYZ News in Detroit.
“Asians and Chaldeans should have a black misery appreciation day, selling fake hair Continue reading