Persecuted youngsters in Iraq to receive Christmas gifts

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By Murcadha O Flaherty
YOUNGSTERS in Iraq whose lives were turned upside down by Daesh (ISIS) will each receive a Christmas present – thanks to a leading Catholic charity.
Aid to the Church in Need will be distributing up to 15,000 parcels, not only to displaced children in Erbil, the capital of Kurdish northern Iraq, but also to those who have been Continue reading

Iraqi Christians celebrate in town retaken from Daesh

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Agence France Presse
QARAQOSH, Iraq: Iraqi Christians celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday in the town of Qaraqosh that was previously occupied for three years by extremists of Daesh (ISIS).
The bell tower of the church of the Immaculate Conception is still scarred by war, but its Continue reading

The plight of the Chaldean Catholic Church

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by Father Joseph
Pope Francis recently met with representatives from the Chaldean Church encouraging them to be vehicles to peace and unity in their region. Addressing the Synod of the Chaldeans which took place in Rome Oct. 4-8, Pope Francis said, “I exhort you to work tirelessly as builders of unity.” Continue reading

Lebanese priest discusses the threats to Christianity

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KARRIS GOLDEN For the Courier
WATERLOO — Left unchecked, Christian populations could be erased from the Holy Land, according to a Maronite Catholic priest from the region.
The Rev. Emanuel Nakhle spoke recently at the Waterloo Rotary Club, describing current events through political, historical, social and religious lenses. Continue reading

The plight of the Chaldean Catholic Church

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by Father Joseph D. Wallace
Pope Francis recently met with representatives from the Chaldean Church encouraging them to be vehicles to peace and unity in their region. Addressing the Synod of the Chaldeans which took place in Rome Oct. 4-8, Pope Francis said, “I exhort you to work tirelessly as builders of unity.” Continue reading

Refugees learn literacy through unique circus program

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Sabine Brix
A new children’s story book illustrated by refugee children who are participants of Westside Circus’ Pages Fly program will be launched at Roxburgh Rise Primary School.
Image: Three to five-year-old participants at Roxburgh Rise Primary School and their families. Photo by Samara Clifford. Continue reading

Pence meets with Iraqi archbishop ahead of Middle East trip

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US Vice President Mike Pence. Credit: Gina Santa Maria/Shutterstock. Archbishop Bashar Warda. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.
Washington D.C., Dec 4, 2017 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil on Monday for a “substantial discussion” on the needs of persecuted Christians and other religious Continue reading