Christian refugees offer fresh hope in flight from Islamist oppression

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Miranda Devine, Sunday Herald Sun THE terrible Monday night in June 2014, when the ancient Iraqi town of Mosul was invaded by Islamic State, its young Chaldean archbishop was five kilometres away attending a youth celebration in the village of Tilfek. So he was forced to join the exodus of Christians crammed into cars and…

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Christians the most persecuted group in world for second year: Study

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By Perry Chiaramonte Christians targeted in Berlin truck attack How the next admin can help end violence against Christians Christians continued to be the most persecuted group across the globe in 2016, according to a study. The upcoming report from Italian-based Center for Studies on New Religions,…

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One Congressman’s plea to the US: Don’t abandon Iraq’s Christians

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A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq. Credit: www.ankawa.com. By Matt Hadro Washington D.C., Jan 6, 2017 / 04:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide have serious humanitarian needs, but their faith remains strong, one…

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CRPME Special Report | No.2 | Untying the Knots of Religious Diversity in Iraqi Kurdistan: Deploying Pluralism against Barbarism

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Beside the threat of ISIS, Iraqi Kurdistan is facing deep political and economic crisis that have negative implications on religious pluralism, particularly, in the face of uncertainty after the liberation of Mosul and the broader region of Nineveh. § The work of KRG and, more specifically, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious…

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Violent persecution of Christians expected to increase in 2017, warns charity group

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Amee Florence Payno (Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)A photo of Iraqi Christians praying during a mass on Christmas (Dec. 25, 2016) at St. Joseph Chaldean church in Baghdad, Iraq. Violent persecutions of Christians living in Islamic countries and in the world’s two most populated countries, India and China, are set to increase in 2017, according to Release International.…

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Getting the Christmas Point

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fullscreen Iraqi Christians attend a Christmas Eve mass in Bartella, just east of Mosul. (Reuters photo: Ammar Awad) by Kathryn Jean Lopez January 2, 2017 4:00 AM @kathrynlopez It’s a time to remember persecuted Christians in the Middle East — and tell their story to the world. ‘Why do people go to church on Christmas?”…

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Film addresses Christians in Middle East

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The documentary film “Our Last Stand” will be featured at 4 p.m. on Jan. 15 at the McPherson Opera House, 219 S. Main St. in McPherson. A question and answer session will immediately follow. The event is free and open to the public. In “Our Last Stand,” Helma, an Assyrian-American schoolteacher from New York,…

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Media ignoring what’s really going on in Iraq

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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com) Iraq mapA Christian communicator visiting Iraq says he is getting quite a different view of the Middle Eastern country than what the secular media is reporting. With news reports documenting the bloodshed and destruction wrought by ISIS, Charles Morris, a speaker and radio host and the president of Haven Ministries, wanted…

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Iraq: ‘Convert or we will shoot you’

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Murcadha O Flaherty and Jaco Klamer Ismail and Jandark Behnam Mansour © ACN/Jaco Klamer A Christian mother and son in Iraq have told their story of survival after two years of terror living under Daesh (ISIS). In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, widow Jandark Behnam Mansour Nassi,…

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Young Muslims in Iraq celebrated mass with Christians over New Year

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Kaye Garcia (Reuters/Thaier Al-Sudani)Iraqi Christians take a selfie during a mass on Christmas at St. Joseph Chaldean church in Baghdad, Iraq on Dec. 25, 2016. A festive atmosphere prevailed in Iraq over the New Year, despite episodes of violence perpetrated by terrorists. At the forefront of showing solidarity are young Muslims who…

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What Christians are finding as they return to the Nineveh Plain

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Matt Hadro/CATHOLIC_NEWS_AGENCY Destroyed church. (Credit: Humanitarian Nineveh Relief Organization.) “(When) we went to see what happened to our hometowns, we could not believe the hatred and the revenge that ISIS has against us,” said Sister Diana Momeka, a nun who ministers to those displaced by ISIS. Christians who have returned to Iraq’s Nineveh…

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What Christians are finding as they return to the Nineveh Plain

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Christians returning to the Nineveh Plain around Mosul, Iraq have found only destruction and betrayal. CNA photo/courtesy of Humanitarian Nineveh Relief Organization By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News MOSUL, Iraq – As villages on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain are liberated from Islamic State…

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Syrian and Iraqi Christians living in US reflect on their homeland

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Syriac Christians who migrated to the US praise Assad’s takeover of Aleppo and lament that they cannot return due to violence The Assyrian Orthodox Church of the Virgin Mary (Paul Gadalla/Middle East Eye) Paul Gadalla’s picture NEW JERSEY, United States – On Christmas morning, a choir sang on the second floor…

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After ISIS, What’s Next for Iraqi Christians?

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The bells in churches across northern Iraq may have been rung again during Christmas, but the future is unclear. Seth J. Frantzman Christmas has been a dangerous time for Christians in Iraq. In 2013, three bombings targeted Christians in Baghdad, killing 38. Two days before Christmas 2016, there were…

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Violent Persecution of Christians to Rise in 2017: Report

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By Anugrah Kumar , Christian Post Contributor Christians living in Islamic countries as well as in the world’s two most populous countries of India and China are set to face heightened threats of violent persecution at the hands of both state and non-state actors in 2017, Release International has warned.…

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