Archbishop of Kirkuk: Against violence and extremism, a “wide awake and merciful” Church

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Msgr. Yousif says the upcoming assembly of Chaldean clergy in Erbil must “chart a new path” in an era of “enormous changes and challenges.” The priests also “essential” for the Muslims, because they assume a “bridge” role with modernity. The work of Catholic education and health care. The refugees from Mosul witnesses of a faith stronger than terrorism. Continue reading

Displaced Iraqi Christians reluctant to return home

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Chiqui Guyjoco
(REUTERS/KHALID AL MOUSIL)Iraqi Christians pray as they attend a Good Friday mass at a church in Baghdad March 25, 2016.
The Iraqi army together with the Kurdish Peshmerga have started to retake territories from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), but displaced Continue reading

Iraq: Christians who fled ISIL fearful to return home

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As anti-ISIL operations near Mosul continue, many are sheltering at camps in Iraq’s Kurdish region.
Adam Lucente
Soldiers with the Nineveh Plain Forces on a training exercise in Tel Eskof, Iraq [Adam Lucente/Al Jazeera]Soldiers with the Nineveh Plain Forces on a training exercise in Tel Eskof, Iraq [Adam Lucente/Al Jazeera] Continue reading

Bishop’s plea as blasts cause carnage

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• Diocese rallies in support of wounded and the grieving
• Bishop warns of exodus following bomb blasts
By John Pontifex
A BISHOP in Syria has described desperate efforts to tend to the injured and the dying following multiple Daesh (ISIS) attacks in Tartous and Jableh, which left more than 200 Continue reading

Ziyad Raoof about the” upcoming end of Middle East as we know it” at the European Economic Congress in Katowice, Poland

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Katowice, Poland – on May 20, 2016 Ziyad Raoof, the KRG Representative in Poland took part in the panel discussion entitled „geopolitics” organized as part of European Economic Congres in Katowice, one of the most important economic and political event in Central Europe. This was a 8th edition of the Congress. In this year event 8,000 Continue reading

Interview: Ano Abdoka Political Leader in Ankawa

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Gardens of Ankawa
Benjamin Kweskin, a contributor for the Philos Project, recently interviewed Mr. Anoo Abdoka, a prominent political leader in Ankawa, the main Christian area in Erbil, Kurdistan.
BK: Would you please share a bit about yourself: your upbringing, family, and education? Continue reading

Tom Gallagher: The desperate plight of Iraqi Christians

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Greenwich journalist Tom Gallagher speaking with a man named Dominic, an internally displaced Iraqi Christian waiting his turn to see a doctor at a health clinic in Erbil, Iraq. Photo: Tom Gallagher /National Catholic Reporter / Greenwich Time Contributed
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Lorraine Caballero
(Reuters/Ahmed Saad)Iraqi security forces wait for vehicles travelling to Mosul to fight against militants of Islamic State at an Iraqi army base in Camp Taji in Baghdad, February 21, 2016.
The United States could offer financial support to Christian militias fighting the Islamic Continue reading

They Are Persecuted Again — This Time in Europe

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Nuri Kino
Independent investigative multi-award-winning reporter, filmmaker, author, Middle East and human rights analyst
“I’m trying to call you, pick up the phone. It’s about a Christian family who is being harassed in a refugee camp. Do you know of anybody that I can contact regarding a Continue reading

Iraqi-American lawyer facing prison for immigration fraud claims he was targeted for aiding Christians

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By Hollie McKay
DeKelaita, shown here in his homeland of Iraq, claims he ran afoul of the Departmennt of Justice when he complained about the treatment of Christian asylum seekers.
In the Iraqi-American Christian community, he is revered as an activist who delivered thousands from persecution at the hands of Muslim extremists, but in the U.S. halls of Continue reading