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A journey to the bleeding heartland Middle East

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By Susan Korah, Op-Ed Contributor Cross at Syriac Catholic Seminary destroyed by ISIS, Baghdida, Iraq. | (Photo: Bill Devlin) It was the trip of a lifetime in a lifetime of crisscrossing the globe.Part pilgrimage to explore my spiritual and cultural roots as a Syriac Orthodox Christian (Suriani), and…

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Masrour Barzani sends condolences to family of deceased Priest

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Hiwa Shilani |Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Archive) Kurdistan Iraq Christians Masrour Barzani ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Saturday extended his condolences to Archbishop Bashar Mati Warda, the head of the Chaldean Archdiocese, and the head of the family of deceased Priest Dinha Toma Youssef.…

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Syriac monk in Turkey jailed on terror charges

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Opposition lawmaker Tuma Celik, from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, is the only Syriac lawmaker in the Turkish parliament. (Photo/Supplied)Hundreds of Syriacs, an ancient Christian population with Aramaic as their mother tongue, have left Turkey since the 1990s to Europe…

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For Immediate Release

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On Friday, January 3, 2020 Umer Jamshaid of WWW.UrduPoint.Com  wrote an article in which the reader was led to believe that I, as Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, had conducted an interview with said publication and had made certain statements about the assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani.…

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Iraqi bishop warns: Fresh violence threatens our future

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John PontifexArchbishop Nathaniel Nizar Semaan of Hadiab-Erbil, (© ACNSource: Aid to the Church in Need A bishop from Erbil – where Iran carried out missile attacks – has warned that any continuation of conflict in the region could cause Iraq’s fragile Christian community to lose confidence in the future.…

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Christians fear renewed Iraq persecution

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Damian ArnoldIraqi Christians at a Christmas service in Arbil. There are fears that worshippers may be forced to leave the countrySAFIN HAMED/AFP/GETTY IMAGESTensions in Iraq could lead to renewed persecution of Christians, local bishops have warned.…

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Christians are slowly returning to Iraq, says Syriac Patriarch

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The invasion of ISIS in 2014 triggered a mass exodus of the region’s Christians.Reporting on his December 2019 fact-finding mission to northern Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said that Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town on the Nineveh Plains, is “slowly returning” to what it was before the invasion of ISIS in the…

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Iraqi cardinal: Innocents will ‘be the fuel’ for war

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by Hawaii Catholic HeraldWomen react during Friday prayers in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 3, 2020, after Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike at Baghdad International Airport earlier that day. (CNS photo/Nazanin Tabatabaee, West Asia News Agency via Reuters)…

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Metro Detroiters with roots in the Middle East call for peace

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Niraj Warikoo Detroit Free Press Across metro Detroit, people with roots in the Middle East are anxious about rising tensions and how it may affect loved ones abroad and in Michigan, a state with sizable Arab American and Muslim communities. The U.S. killing of Iran’s top military leader…

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