Chaldean Abp: a Mideast without Christians?

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(Vatican Radio) A Middle East without its Christians would be like a garden without flowers: that’s what Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Thomas Meram of Urmy?, Deputy President of the Iranian Bishops Conference, says about the persecution of Christians in the region. Jihadi militants like Islamic State (also known as ISIS or Daesh) in recent Continue reading

What has been the Vatican’s response? (1)

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The following appeal, written by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad, was sent to me a few weeks ago by a Christian organization based in the United States. The organization is asking for prayers and alms for the entire Christians living in the Middle East, whose presence is currently being wiped out and Continue reading

Iraq: ACN helps kids go back to school

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By John Pontifex reporting back from a fact finding trip to Erbil in Northern Iraq
ACN News: Monday, 20th October 2014 – Iraq
RANIA and Ranin are inseparable. The twins, who have just turned 10, both enjoy school or at least they did until they were forced to flee their homes as Islamic State Continue reading

Helping Iraq

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Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced a €4 million scheme – one of the largest in the charity’s 67-year history – which will help thousands of displaced Iraqi Christians receive food, shelter and schooling. The scheme includes pastoral support for priests and Sisters displaced by the crisis that has swept Iraq. Continue reading

Iraq: Refugee camps flooded by torrential rain

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Iraq: Refugee camps flooded by torrential rain | Chaldean priest, Fr Paolo Thabit Mekko, Erbil, Iraq, ISIS, Bishop Nuncio Galantino, Italian Episcopal Conference, Caritas Italy, Don Francesco Soddu
Thousands of refugees who fled from ISIS in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain to refugee Continue reading

Syrian war changes Turkish border towns

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Concrete slabs are placed on the Turkish-Syrian border during the construction of a wall in Reyhanli, southern Hatay province, April 28, 2014. Turkey has started building a new wall along a fragment of its southeastern border with Syria as it struggles against smuggling, illegal migration and the threat from al-Qaeda fighters among Syria’s rebel Continue reading

Why is the US bombing Syrian Kurd’s food reserves?

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by Ajamu Baraka
Source: alternet.org
The U.S. is conducting a curious humanitarian war against ISIS in Syria.While Kobani, the largely Kurdish district that straddles the border with Turkey is being attacked by ISIS forces and facing the very real possibility of mass civilian killings if it falls, U.S. Continue reading

A shared church

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by L. Gail Irwin
Years ago, on a Holy Land tour, I visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, considered by some Christians to be the site of Jesus’ crucifixion and burial. I went back a few days later to a Sunday worship service of the Syrian Orthodox Church, and found it was conducted in a small alcove of the church for an ethnic Syrian Continue reading