Chaldean Synod: ‘Solidarity and Pride’ of Iraqi Christians, witnesses of peace, faith and unity

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Patriarch and bishops express “appreciation” for the role of the armed forces in the fight against terrorism. The desire to celebrate “the liberation of the entire territory”. At a “critical and difficult time” a renewed appeal to dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil. Prayer for vocations. ROME: In a “critical and difficult” time for Iraq, the…

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Is This the End for Iraq’s Dwindling Christian Population?

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Dire circumstances have gotten far worse than that for one of the world’s oldest communities of faithful believers by Fr. Benedict Kiely Just when a glimmer of hope was beginning to emerge for the battered and bruised Christians of Iraq who have suffered so much over the past three years, a new crisis…

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ESSAY: CHRISTIANS AND YAZIDIS IN IRAQ STAND ON THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION

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CHRIS SMITH Astonishingly, for three years US Government bureaucrats have refused to help endangered religious minority communities like Christians and Yazidis survive the genocide ISIS began in 2014. These communities stand on the brink of extinction. As a witness from Iraq testified at a congressional hearing I chaired Tuesday (3rd…

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Pope asks Iraqi bishops to persist helping Christians return post-ISIS

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John L. Allen Jr. An Iraqi Christian soldier from Nineveh Plain Protection Unit stands guard outside St. Addai church which was damaged by Islamic State fighters during their occupation of Keramlis village, less than 18 miles, 29 kilometers, southeast of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday Nov. 13, 2016. (Credit: AP Photo/Hussein Malla.)…

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Pope Francis urges Iraqi Chaldean bishops to be builders of unity

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Pope Francis embraces the Primate of the Chaldean Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, during his audience with Chaldean Bishops (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged leaders of the Chaldean Church to be builders of unity, favouring dialogue and collaboration between all actors of Iraqi society.…

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Paris: ‘Christians of the East’ exhibition

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con, Paris, Institute of the Arab World, Icons, President Emmanuel Macron, President Michel Aoun A groundbreaking exhibition: ‘Christians of the Middle East’ has opened in Paris at the Institute of the Arab World, in partnership with l’Oeuvre d’Orient. The show includes several rare exhibits brought to Europe for the first time – frescoes,…

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Kurdish referendum inspires Iraq’s Christians to fight for their own independence amid fears of being caught in crossfire

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By Hollie McKay, Fox News Tensions in Mideast after Kurdish independence referendum Kurds in Iraq voted overwhelmingly last week in favor of seeking full independence from the central government in Baghdad — setting off a firestorm of international retaliation, including strong objections from the U.S. But the Kurdish quest for their own country…

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Iraqi Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis

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By John Newton CHURCH leaders in northern Iraq have issued a stark warning that the crisis triggered by last week’s Kurdistan independence referendum could endanger the region’s Christian presence. Following the referendum, which could see the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government)…

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