Is Muqtada al-Sadr Good for Iraq?

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Renad Mansour and Michael David Clark
The latest storming of the Iraqi parliament is one of the most significant political events in Iraq since Saddam Hussein’s regime was overthrown in 2003. This process, which culminated in the weekend’s dramatic events, began in March of this year when the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr turned a flagging protest movement into a major national Continue reading

In Defense of Christians (IDC) And Partner Organizations Conclude Three Day “#WeAreN2016” Conference in New York.

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By PR Rocket
This week the Holy See’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, CitizenGo and co-sponsor In Defense of Christians (IDC) hosted “#WeAreN2016,” a three day conference featuring international political leaders, religious leaders, human rights experts, and Christian and Yazidi victims of persecution in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and Pakistan. Continue reading

Islamic State Demolishes Iconic ‘Clock Church’ in Mosul

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clock church
by Thomas D. Williams,
In their ongoing rampage against all things Christian, Islamic State jihadists have blown up the historic “Clock Church” in the center of Mosul, one of the most recognizable features of the city which could be seen from miles around.
The distinctive bell tower with the clock had been given to Iraqi Christians by the Continue reading

Iraqi Kurdistan: Christian Demonstration Blocked

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Sought to Protest Kurdish Land “Encroachment”
(Beirut) – Kurdish security forces on April 13, 2016, blocked roads to prevent Christian Iraqi families from reaching the regional capital, Erbil, to hold a protest. The Christians had planned to demonstrate against what they say is encroachment on their land by Kurds. Continue reading

Iraqi priest: My vocation, in the drama of war and disease

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A vocation to the priesthood which originates and is fed by the “ilnesses” and the “drama of a nation” battered by decades of war and sectarian divisions; a personal story that is intertwined with the life of his beloved country, where “God willing” he desires to carry out his mission.
ROME: A vocation to the priesthood which originates and is fed by the “ilnesses” and Continue reading

Report on kidnapped bishops in Syria 22 April 2013-2016

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22 APRIL 2013-2016: THE NEGLECTED CASE OF
THE TWO KIDNAPPED ARCHBISHOPS OF SYRIA

Today it is three years since, on April 22, 2013, the two archbishops of Aleppo, the Syriac Orthodox H.E. Mor Gregorius Yuhanna Ibrahim and the Greek (also called Rum or Melkite) Orthodox H.E. Boulos Yazigi, were kidnapped by unidentified armed men in the north of Syria. Continue reading