Mar Sako: Nomination as cardinal, sign of Pope’s friendhip and proximity to all Iraq

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The Chaldean primate describes the “dual responsibility” because it indicates the Pope’s closeness to Christians and to all the people. A choice that “surprised” him and attests to Pope’s great care for the Church in difficulty. Congratulations from Christian and Muslim personalities. Shiite leader: “Gift of mercy for Iraq”. Al-Sadr wins election but does not have the numbers to form a government. Continue reading

Patriarch calls for peace in Malankara Church

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Special Correspondent
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Hopes for positive response from Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Aphrem II has called for peace between the two factions of the Malankara Church based on dignity and respect for each other. Continue reading

Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will create 14 new cardinals in June coming from all over the world, including Iraq, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Peru, Japan, Madagascar, and several Vatican officials.
Eleven of those new cardinals are under 80, meaning they’re eligible to participate in an Continue reading

Venezuela voting results challenged

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CARACAS, Venezuela – Venezuela’s election officials said Sunday that socialist leader Nicolas Maduro won a second six-year term as president of the oil-rich South American country, while his main rivals were disputing the legitimacy of the vote and calling for a new election. Continue reading

Pope Francis to invest 14 new cardinals in June

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By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday revealed his latest picks to be cardinals in the Catholic Church, including his chief aide for helping the poor in Rome and prelates based in Iraq and Pakistan, where Christians are a vulnerable minority. Continue reading

Iraqi ‘Republic’: No Christian Converts

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By Terence P. Jeffrey
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr casting his ballot in the Iraqi election. (Screen Capture)
The 2017 State Department report on human rights in Iraq, which was released last month, begins by unambiguously declaring: “Iraq is a constitutional parliamentary republic.” Continue reading

Homes for Homs

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By John Pontifex
HUNDREDS of displaced people in Syria will soon be going back to their homes as work is set to begin on a long-awaited building repair project in an ancient city devastated by bomb damage. Continue reading

Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch to visit India

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The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church Ignatius Aphrem II will visit India from May 22 on an invitation from the Jacobite Syrian Christian Church.
Jacobite church trustee Thampu George Thukalan said here on Tuesday that the visit of the Patriarch was to meet the faithful against the “special circumstances” existing in the Continue reading

Iraq vote: Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr still leading

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Political coalition of influential Shia religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr is still in the lead in Iraq’s national elections of May 12, with votes of 16 out of 18 provinces (91%) counted as of Tuesday morning. His bloc Al-Sairun (Alliance of Revolutionaries for Reforms) is so far in the lead of the other two alliances –Hadi al-Amiri’s Fatah Alliance and Prime Continue reading