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…

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Patriarch calls for peace in Malankara Church

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Special Correspondent KOCHI, 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.…

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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…

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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.…

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Pope Francis elevates Iraqi patriarch to cardinal

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Louis Raphael Sako will join the College of Cardinals, tasked with electing the Bishop of Rome Mina Aldroubi In this Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 photo, Louis Raphael Sako, Chaldean Patriarch speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. In a surprise…

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Iraqi Catholic patriarch elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis

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By Rudaw Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon in Iraq. Photo: Khalid Mohammed / AP ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Pope Francis announced in his weekly address that Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon in Iraq, was…

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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.…

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Iraqi Catholic patriarch elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis

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By Rudaw Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon in Iraq. Photo: Khalid Mohammed / AP ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Pope Francis announced in his weekly address that Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon in Iraq, was…

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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.”…

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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.…

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Syrian Orthodox Church Patriarch to visit India

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KOCHI, 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…

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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…

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