Iraqi forces storm ISIS-held Tel Kaif in northern Mosul

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ByPaul Antonopoulos – Iraqi forces stormed on Thursday the town of Tel Kaif in northern Mosul as only a few regions remain to be liberated from ISIS on the the eastern side of the Tigris river. An Iraqi military statement has said that it’s forces have entered the town from several axes.…

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Working with Iraqi refugees stretches, strengthens priest’s faith

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Father Khalil Jaar distributes hygiene packs to Iraqi Christian refugees sheltering at his church compound Jan. 8 in Marka, Jordan. Many Iraqi Christian refugees who fled Mosul say they will not be able to return, even after the so-called Islamic State militants are flushed out of the area by the U.S.-led and Iraqi government forces.…

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Chaldean archbishop urges Iraqi Catholics to stay and help rebuild

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By Elizabeth Bryant Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk, Iraq, second from right, celebrates Mass on April 19, 2015, in Madrid. Photo courtesy of HazteOir.org via Creative Commons PARIS (RNS ) Iraqi Christians who are considering leaving the country should stay put and play a role in rebuilding their war-shattered homeland, a senior prelate said…

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Iraqi Muslim Builds Cross After Original is Destroyed by ISIS

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Marwan’s action represents the support and concern that the greater Muslim community has for the persecuted Christians in Iraq. An Iraqi Muslim built a cross out of two pieces of metal, sending a message that Iraqi Muslims don’t stand for extremist Islamic ideology and that they support the Christians of the nation. The man, Marwan,…

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A Light In Times Of Darkness

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Nuri Kino Independent investigative multi-award-winning reporter, filmmaker, author, Middle East and human rights analyst A week before Christmas, I, along with other dedicated volunteers from ADFA (A Demand For Action) NGO, a group of which I am a founder, went to Lebanon again to help our sister organization, Syriac League, with its Christmas events. We…

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Goal to bring 52 disabled Iraqi children to NZ

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By Rowena Orejana – Safety is a commodity that is scarce in Iraq. Project 52, a project launched by the Chaldean Catholic community, aims to provide safety to 52 disabled children in Iraq by eventually having them adopted by families in New Zealand. The project was launched with a gala on November 26 at St…

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Kirkuk Archbishop: Aid for Iraq Best Targeted at Home

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Lisa Bryant Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk, Iraq, speaks to reporters in Paris, Jan. 17, 2017. (L. Bryant/VOA) A high-profile Iraqi cleric says the best way to help his countrymen is at home, rather than pouring money into refugee programs overseas. Kirkuk’s Archbishop Yousif Mirkis, who is visiting France, called Tuesday for an initiative…

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In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

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Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Moshe of Mosul, Iraq, and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., pose for a photo in Iraq. After meeting with church leaders in northern Iraq, Bishop Cantu said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities. (CNS photo/Stephen Colecchi, USCCB) By Dale Gavlak • Catholic News Service • Posted January…

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Group leads ‘Dunkirk in reverse’ for Christians of Iraq, Syria

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John L. Allen Jr. A drawing by an Iraqi Christian child living in a camp for internally displaced persons. (Credit: Image courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.) Right now, it’s impossible to say whether Christianity will survive in Iraq or Syria. Yet one thing can be said with certainty: If it does, it…

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2,400-year-old Skeletons Discovered in Northern Iraqi Tomb

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Archeologists working in northern Iraq have uncovered a tomb dating back 2,400 years containing the skeletons of six people at a minimum. In addition to the skeletons, artifacts found inside the tomb include a bracelet which had been decorated with images of two snake heads, each looking directly at the other.…

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Iraq: IS/Daesh booby-trapped toys to stop Christians returning

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Murcadha O Flaherty and Mónica Zorita Iraqi Christian shows statue decapitated by IS in Mar Addai Church, Karemlash, northern Iraq © ACN Extremists driven out of Iraq’s the Nineveh Plains “riddled the region with land mines” and “put bombs in children’s toys” according to a senior Catholic cleric.…

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Media release Iraqi Forum for Human Rights Organizations Condemns aggression used against families of victims of latest explosions in Baghdad

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Following last wave of terrorists explosions , which targeted several areas in Baghdad including Alsader city ,Al Shaab city, Albaladiat,Major Jamila market and Abu Gharib with toll of several dozens of killed and injured innocent people , a picket was established by group of victims’ families at Al-Tahrer square in center of Baghdad city .…

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Rex Tillerson Grilled Over Question Of Christians In Middle East

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harry-farley Harry Farley Journalist Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state allegedly “exacerbated” the already perilous situation of Christians in the Middle East, a top Democrat has claimed. Rex Tillerson, the president-elect’s choice for secretary of state, is the former chief of oil giant Exxon Mobil.…

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Top 50 Most Dangerous Countries for Christians Ranked in New Report

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By Stoyan Zaimov , Christian Post Reporter Persecution watchdog group Open Doors USA has ranked the top 50 most dangerous places for Christians in the world today in its 2017 World Watch List, with North Korea once again topping the list. (Photo: Open Doors USA)Open Doors USA’s 2017 World Watch List, released on January 11,…

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Christian mother and son speak of two-year ordeal under IS rule

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By Premier Journalist A Christian mother and son have spoken about their experience of kidnap and torture by Islamic State in Mosul. Jandark Benham Mansour Nassi, 55, and her son Ismail, 16, spoke to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about their horrific experiences which began when…

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How will U.S. policy affect Middle East’s Christians in 2017?

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Mark Pattison/ CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE An Iraqi soldier stands guard during Christmas celebrations at the al-Tahira al-Kubra church in al-Hamdaniya, east of Mosul, Dec. 25, 2016. (CNS photo/Ahmed Jalil, EPA.) “Most Americans, if you ask them, are quite supportive of federal aid, and they think it’s about 20 percent of the federal budget. When you…

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Study: Christians Most Persecuted Group In The World

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Photo of David Krayden Christians remain the target of more persecution than any other group in the world, according to a new study set to be released in February from the Italian-based Center for Studies on New Religions. These findings are consistent with those of the Clarion Project, an organization that…

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