Children of Islamic State group live under a stigma in Iraq

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Associated Press KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of Iraqi children of Islamic State group members are left on their own, their parents dead or imprisoned after the long and destructive war that brought down the militants’ rule. They are often ostracized, tainted in the eyes of a broken society where many hate the…

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Iraqi youth tells synod martyrdom isn’t the only form of persecution

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Elise Harris SENIOR CORRESPONDENT A Christian militiaman stands guard during Easter Mass in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Sunday, April 16 2017. (Credit: AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo.) ROME – For Safa Al Alqoshy of Iraq, the trauma of terrorism goes beyond killing. It’s experienced in a more lasting way through the insecurity felt by those who have…

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Synod: education against fundamentalism, corruption and loss of one’s roots

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Fraternal delegates spoke about the need to foster in young people, through prayer and asceticism, a personal relationship of friendship with Christ in times characterised by “improvised masters who proclaim themselves to be holders of the truth.” God calls on all young people to be mediators and bridges, conscious that “we are all children loved…

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Iraq diary: Drinking sweet tea in West Mosul

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Kevin Clarke Signs of normal live are slowly returning to the ruins of Mosul. (Kevin Clarke) Around us the rubble of West Mosul throws a fine white dust into the air that coats your clothing and grits your hair, covers your shoes and camera lens, and gets into just about everything else. I find myself…

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Proposed law puts Syria’s religious diversity at risk

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Critics say the law would “Islamise society” and transform Syria into a virtual theocracy. Between the cracks. Syrian President Bashar Assad (C), Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun (R) and Minister of Awqaf Mohammad Abdul Sattar al-Sayyed arrive to attend prayers at Khadija Mosque in Tartus city, last June. (Syrian Presidency)…

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Christians must put beatitudes into practice, pope says

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Pope Francis told young people they need to be consistent during their journey of life Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the youth and the Synod Fathers at the Paul VI Hall in Vatican on Oct. 6. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP) Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service…

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New Syria law may ‘create state within a state’

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Opposition says regime is trying to appease Sunni institutions, given vast majority of those killed in war were Sunnis Sami Moubayed, Correspondent Damascus: A new law is making the rounds creating uproar on Syrian social media networks, giving…

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Proposed law puts Syria’s religious diversity at risk

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Critics say the law would “Islamise society” and transform Syria into a virtual theocracy. Sunday 07/10/2018 Syrian President Bashar Assad (C), Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun (R) and Minister of Awqaf Mohammad Abdul Sattar al-Sayyed arrive to attend prayers at Khadija Mosque in Tartus city, last June. (Syrian Presidency)…

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