Pray that peace will hold in the Holy Land

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Dr. Thomas Heine-Geldern (the Executive President of ACN International.)
Photo by Wolfgang Zarl

By Fionn Shiner THE international president of a leading Catholic charity has expressed sorrow at the violence that has killed more than 242 people in the Holy Land as well as hope that the ceasefire struck early today (Friday, 21st May) will hold. Continue reading

With the escalation of confrontations in occupied Jerusalem The Middle East Council of Churches renews its call to lift the occupation of the Palestinian people

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With the escalation of confrontations in Jerusalem and the dangerous course that developments in the Holy Land are taking, the Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement in which it considered that the violent events raging in occupied Palestine, which are still increasing in intensity daily, are nothing but an inevitable result of Continue reading

Iraqi Government Seeks to Address Pope’s Concerns

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Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Following the papal visit to Iraq in early March, the Iraqi government has reportedly appointed an inter-ministerial committee tasked with addressing suggestions and concerns of the Pope. Primarily, these recommendations include fixing issues of security, economic development and Continue reading

Christians of Iraq’s Qaraqosh count on Pope Francis’ visit for moral support

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Iraqi Christian residents of Qaraqosh (also known as Hamdaniya), some 30 kilometres east of Mosul, attend the first Palm Sunday service at the heavily damaged Church of the Immaculate Conception on April 9, 2017, since Iraqi forces recaptured it from Islamic State (IS) group jihadists. – Qaraqosh, with an overwhelmingly Christian population of around 50,000 before the jihadists took over the area in August 2014, was the largest Christian town in Iraq. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)

Iraqi Christians of Qaraqosh attend the first Palm Sunday service at the heavily damaged Church of the Immaculate Conception on April 9, 2017, since Iraqi forces recaptured it from Daesh. (AFP/File Photo)
Mahamad Ameen Abdul Al-Jawad Continue reading

Iraq Papal Visit Leaves Region Hopeful

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Syria (International Christian Concern) –  Following the papal visit to Iraq, Syrian Christians and church leaders expressed their desire and hope for a visit from Pope Francis as well. The historic trip to Iraq, marking the first time a pope has visited the country, sent a message of hope to the whole region. Continue reading

3000 Year-old wall destroyed in Nineveh, Iraq

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The wall is reportedly being knocked down to allow for road building in the city.
The ancient Nineveh wall is facing destruction. (TAW)
BAGHDAD–While Assyrians around the world are currently preparing to celebrate their Assyrian ancestors’ tradition of Akitu or the Assyrian New Year, an ancient Assyrian Continue reading

Chaldean Patriarch says that the papal visit should be used to revitalise the economy, dialogue and unity

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The Apostolic Journey constitutes a legacy of exchanges and experiences that can bring the country back “to the international arena”. Card Sako suggests ways to revive tourism, dialogue, unity and interfaith dialogue. Tourism can play a role in the economic recovery while highlighting the country’s Christian, Muslim, Yazidi, Sabaean and Jewish heritage. Continue reading