Iraqi Christians Hold Out Hope on U.S.-Promised Aid

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Christian church in Iraq (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images) By Solange Reyner Iraqi Christians are hopeful of Vice President Mike Pence’s promise to fast-track millions of dollars in aid to their plight, but their numbers are dwindling quickly and rebuilding efforts are slow and uneven, The Washington Free Beacon reports.…

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Iraq in no position to welcome back exiled Jewish community

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By Paul Iddon An Iraqi woman walks through a former Jewish quarter of Baghdad. File photo: Karim Kadim/AP The Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has recently reiterated that Iraq’s long exiled Jewish community “are welcome” to return to the country, “If their loyalty was with Iraq.”…

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To save Christianity on the Nineveh Plains, it’ll take security and jobs

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John L. Allen Jr. Aghata Marogy Eshaz, a Chaldean Catholic from the village of Batnaya on the Nineveh Plains, and one of her granddaughters. (Credit: Crux/John Allen.) ROME – Though Catholicism is always full of drama, which is what makes it so utterly fascinating, some things are more dramatic than others. While 2018 is only…

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Chaldean Patriarch: ‘A government responsible for saving Iraq from crisis’

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by Louis Raphael Sako* For the end of Ramadan festival, Mar Sako addresses a message of good wishes to Muslim brothers and sisters. He expresses hopes that winning parties in the recent elections will take responsibility, overcome allegations of fraud and promote unity for an executive that moves towards reconciliation, peace, stability and reconstruction.…

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Help Is on the Way for Middle Eastern Christians

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Under President Trump’s orders, USAID is directing aid to persecuted communities in Iraq. Christian militiamen look toward the Islamic State frontline from St. George’s Church in Telskuf, Iraq, Nov. 4, 2015. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images By Mark Green…

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In post-ISIS Christian town, heroism and paradox both abound

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John L. Allen Jr. The ISIS-destroyed bell tower at the Church of Behnam and Sara in Qaraqosh, Iraq. (Credit: Crux/John Allen.) QARAQOSH, Iraq – Over the centuries, the Middle East has always been a land where expectations tend to experience especially tough collisions with reality, so it probably…

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Iraq’s Christians, Muslims agree to revive site of ancient church

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A group of Christians from Baghdad who visited the ruins of the Church of Kokheh, located 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the Iraqi capital, were spontaneously invited by the local Muslim community for lunch after their tour, Al-Monitor reported. The historical Church of Kokheh is one of the early points of departure of Christianity…

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The U.S. Is Not a Serious Ally, Say Middle Eastern Christians

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By Benedict Kiely Iraqi Christians hold Palm Sunday services in Qaraqosh for the first time after ISIS was expelled from the city, April 9, 2017. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters) Those in Iraq who struggle to restore their ancient homes now that ISIS has been expelled express bitterness about an administration that promised them much.…

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Sadr welcomes return of Iraqi Jews

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Saad Salloum Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr walks to cast his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election, Najaf, Iraq, May 12, 2018. In a bold move, Iraq’s Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr spoke in favor of the return of the Jews who were evicted from the country half a century ago. Sadr responded…

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