Lancaster in bloom

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By Clare Creegan
FLORISTS from north-west England came together last week to produce floral displays to raise money to support displaced and refugee families in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
The event, entitled The Work of Your Hands, took place from 25th – 27th June 2016 at Continue reading

Iraq: New church for Christian refugees from Nineveh Plain

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Icon, Mother of Perpetual Help, Church of St Alphonsus, Rome
A new church in Erbil was inaugurated on Monday, June 27 by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I. Many Christians fled here from their villages in the Nineveh Plain during the IS offensive last year. Their new church in the suburb of Ankawa is dedicated to Mary Mother of Perpetual Help. Continue reading

Amal Awwad Radwan (Palestine) Autobiography

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Translated by: Nazih Kassis, Ph.D.
Amal is only a green girl who emerged from the ashes of a homeland in a Phoenician nest a long time ago. Fates brought her onto a slope of a moment that burns with impossible dreams in a tumult of darkness that flourishes with tragedies. She is still devoting her life to chastity, playing on the flute of her hoarse sadness her cloudy Continue reading

Fallujah, a Military Success but Humanitarian Failure, Could Signal Catastrophe in Mosul

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www.nationalreview.com
In an unexpectedly short offensive, Iraqi forces, bolstered by U.S. air power and Iranian-backed Shiite militias, retook the Sunni stronghold of Fallujah from ISIS yesterday, barely a month after they started. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says that the way is now clear for an offensive against Mosul, ISIS’s last redoubt in Iraq. Such action is long Continue reading

Christians fighting ISIS plea for political and financial support from international community

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Christian Deguit
The Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU) is one of the Christian militias in northern Iraq actively battling against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Now, the fighting group primarily composed of Assyrian Christian volunteers is now expecting American aid, in light of the United States House of Representatives announcing that direct Continue reading

Suicide Attack Kills 3 At Christian Massacre Memorial In Syria

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World |Agence France-Presse
People and security forces belonging to the Sotoro, a Christian militia based in Syria’s northeast, gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack. (AFP Photo)
Qamishli, Syria: Three people were killed in northeast Syria today when a suicide bomber attacked an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago, state media and a security source said. Continue reading

SUTORO – Syriac Christian Protection Forces sacrifice their life protecting the Patriarch of the Syriac–Orthodox Church

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On Sunday June 19th, a suicide attack took place in the district of Quwetli in Qamishli – Syria, while the Patriarch of the Syriac-Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, was present for the commemoration of the 1915 genocide against the Syriac people. The Patriarch inaugurated a monument commemorating this genocide and lead afterwards a service in the Brotherhood of Mor Gabriel. Continue reading

Fallujah: Anti-ISIL drive displaces 30,000 more Iraqis

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Hundreds of government troops and ISIL fighters die in fierce clashes that have caused a humanitarian crisis.
Fallujah Assault: Key Facts
Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced and hundreds of troops killed amid an army military offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Fallujah, in Anbar province. Continue reading

‘I miss my old life': Christians flee ISIS

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By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
‘[F]aith is all we have that ISIS couldn’t take from us.’
Imagine walking down the street of your hometown. Families are enjoying time together at the park, children ride their bikes through the streets and a cool breeze rustles your hair. Continue reading

Christian militias fighting ISIS hope for US support

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Associated Press
This video grab made on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Alqoosh, Iraq, shows Assyrian Christian militiamen during a training. The group also known as the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, or NPU, are one of three Christian armed groups who are hoping for American support after the U.S. House of Representatives called for direct assistance Continue reading

Scottish youth stand up for faith and freedom

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• With messages of support from Pope Francis and Scottish Government
By Michael J Robinson
MORE than 1,000 young people from across Scotland took part in a youth rally yesterday (Thursday, 16th June), standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with those who are persecuted and oppressed for their religious faith. Continue reading

‘They couldn’t take our faith’ – Iraqi Christian persecuted by Daesh fighters addresses Scottish teenagers

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Bishop John Keenan of Paisley attended the event in which Sarmad Ozan, an Iraqi-born Christian forced to flee, spoke about his ordeal
Kirsteen Paterson
A STUDENT forced to flee with nothing as Daesh drove Christians from his Iraqi home town told Scottish teenagers yesterday “faith is all we have left that Isis couldn’t take from us”. Continue reading