Mideast patriarchs tell pope they’re concerned about Christian survival

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Pope Francis poses with Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East at the Vatican Feb. 7. Pictured with the pope are, from left, Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church; Iraqi Cardinal Louis Sako, Chaldean Catholic patriarch; Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak; Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace…

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Sterling Heights encourages public census engagement

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The Sterling Heights City Council is behind the effort to make sure city residents fill out their census forms. Photo provided by Sterling Heights By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor and mascot Sterling B. Counted stand in a frame that promotes the 2020 census.…

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Young Iraqi Christian eyes future with mixture of hope and dread

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Ragheb Elias Karash of ACN |  After fleeing ISIS, a young Syriac Orthodox man talks to Aid to the Church in Need.Wissam Ablahad (26) is a Syriac Orthodox young man who lives with his parents and two siblings in the township of Ba’ashiqah, on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. Wissam and…

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Archbishop calls for greater rights and dignity for Iraqi Christians

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Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq Photo: Catholic News.ie A clergyman has stressed that Christians must take an active role in the country’s future if they want a unified, multi-religious Iraq.?Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil made the plea during a discussion of the…

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Protesters demand PMF withdraw from Iraq’s Nineveh

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Lawk Ghafuri ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Mosul and swathes of Iraq’s Nineveh province have been under the control of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) since the defeat of the Islamic State group (ISIS) in 2017. On Thursday, residents of Tel Adas launched a protest to demand a full PMF withdrawal.…

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Hungarian government urges defense of persecuted Christians

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Refugee children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.By Christine Rousselle Washington D.C., Feb 6, 2020 / 02:49 pm (CNA).- The world must raise their voices and stand up for persecuted Christians, Hungarian State…

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What accounts for Western indifference to Christian persecution?

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Commercial interests carry more weight with governmentsAnn Farmer Photo by Levi Clancy on Unsplash After years of Islamic State persecution, Father Nadheer Dako, of St Joseph’s Chaldean Catholic Church, in Baghdad, warns that Christians are being driven out of Iraq to live in places like Britain, Sweden or…

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