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New bishop brings hope to some of Syria’s Christians

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By Afp Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II (L) stands behind Hasakeh’s newly appointed Bishop Maurice Amseeh during his inauguration at the Saint George Cathedral in Hasakeh on August 19, 2017 Syriac Orthodox Christians in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakeh celebrated the…

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New bishop brings hope to some of Syria’s Christians

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AFP | HASSAKE, Syria: Orthodox Christians in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasakah celebrated the inauguration of the community’s new bishop on Saturday, four years after the last one left the country. Six years of conflict have ravaged Syria and displaced more than half of its population,…

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Aleppo is coming back to life

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• People still dependent on emergency help By Murcadha O Flaherty PARTS of Aleppo are coming back to life with people returning in large numbers to the bomb-blasted city and streets once again humming with traffic and people.…

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The Third European Chaldean Conference

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By: Robert Ewan About 350 Chaldean Youth attended the third European Chaldean Youth Conference which took place from 7 to 12 August 2017 at Untermashtal monastery, 80 kilometers from Stuttgart, Germany. The slogan of the conference was “come and see” based on John 1:39. It was attended by the Chaldean Patriarch Louise I Sako and…

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Understanding The Christian Militias Of Iraq And Syria

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Christian militia Mark Chamoun The threat of ISIS and current crises in the region led to the emergence of several Christian militia groups in Syria and Iraq, but what are these groups exactly? The plight of Christians in the Middle East has been one made up of ongoing violence,…

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US-backed Syrian Group Pardons 96 IS Members in Raqqa

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Rikar Hussein Mahmoud Bali US-backed Syrian Civil Council Pardons Dozens of Islamic State Members A U.S.-backed Syrian group known as Civil Council of Raqqa granted amnesty to 96 alleged members of the Islamic State (IS) on Wednesday in what it said was an attempt…

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Help us go home in time to start school

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By Murcadha O Flaherty (original interview by Danielle Piccini) AN urgent call to speed up plans to rebuild homes in one of the Iraqi Christian towns worst affected by Daesh (ISIS) violence has been made by the leader of the local Church community amid signs that the district is at last coming back to life.…

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ISIS ‘Genocide’ Seriously Threatens Religious Freedom

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Kurdish Yazidis, relatives of a Peshmerga fighter killed in a suicide attack in Sinjar province, mourn with another relative, also member of the Peshmerga, before the burial ceremony at Mazar Sharaf Eldin, a sacred and cemetery area for the Yazidi minority, north of Sinjar, March 2, 2015. A number of Peshmerga were killed and others…

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Armed disputes reveal Iraqi Christians’ discord

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Iraqi Christians attend Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in the predominantly Christian Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, Ninevah province, Iraq, July 24, 2017. (photo by SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images) BAGHDAD — Iraqi Christians will have to unite under one banner and work past their…

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