Monthly Archives: December 2007

Congregation hears of life in Iraq

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By Charley Morgan/ THE vicar of a church in the centre of Baghdad came to Melksham on December 23 to explain to the congregation of St Michael’s Church what life is like in the war torn Iraqi capital.…

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Iraqi Christians crowd churches for Christmas

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By: Associated Press / BAGHDAD — Iraqi Christians are celebrating Christmas and a new sense of security in the Dora neighborhood in Baghdad. Thousands made their way to church today through checkpoints and streets lined…

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The Middle East: Spiritual Battlefield?

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Written by Rachelle Kliger /Published Thursday, December 27, 2007 [Egypt] Under a woolen canopy, wisps of smoke from an outdoor fireplace mix with the scent of tobacco and rose tea. Magdi, an…

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Assyrian revival stirs in Turkey

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By Sarah Rainsford / BBC News, Istanbul In a corner of 21st Century Turkey, a congregation still worships in the language of Christ. At an early morning Sunday church service, chanting in…

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Syriac…a language struggling to survive

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Arbil – Voices of Iraq Arbil, Dec 27, (VOI) – Despite their strong commitment to their mother tongue, many members of the Syriac community refuse to send their children to schools where Syriac is the instruction…

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church awaits restoration in Iraq desert

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AIN TAMUR, Iraq (AFP) — No-one celebrated Christmas in Al-Aqiser church on Tuesday, for what many consider to be the oldest eastern Christian house of worship lies in ruins in a windswept Iraqi desert.…

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Muslims join Christians for Mass

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By Usama Redha and Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers BAGHDAD — Outside Mar Eliya church, not much had changed since last Christmas: Concrete blocks still surround the building and guards check the IDs of those entering.…

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Iraq’s Christian population shrinking

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Published: Dec. 25, 2007 at 11:34 AM BAGHDAD, Dec. 25 (UPI) — Iraq’s dwindling Christian population celebrated Christmas Tuesday — but in much smaller numbers than previous years.…

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Iraqis Crowd Churches for Christmas Mass

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By ELENA BECATOROS – 16 hours ago BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of Iraqi Christians made their way to church through checkpoints and streets lined with blast walls, many drawing hope from a lull in violence to celebrate Christmas Mass in numbers unthinkable a year ago.…

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At Christmas, Iraqi Christians Ask for Forgiveness, and for Peace

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By DAMIEN CAVE BAGHDAD — Inside the beige church guarded by the men with the AK-47s, a choir sang Christmas songs in Arabic. An old woman in black closed her eyes while a girl in a cherry-red dress, with tights and shoes to match, craned her neck toward rows of empty pews near the back.…

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Sombre Christmas in Iraq

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By Linda Isam Haddad and Nihal Salem Rita and Maria Farid, two Iraqi Christians living in the central Baghdad district of Karrada, did not want to celebrate Christmas this year and only bought a tree at the last minute.…

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Iraqi Cardinal Urges Emigrants to Return

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By ELENA BECATOROS – 15 hours ago BAGHDAD (AP) — The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Catholics made a Christmas appeal Monday for all those who have fled Iraq to return and help rebuild their shattered homeland, acknowledging that fear still persists even as the country enjoys one of its most peaceful holiday seasons in years.…

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Detroit brethren pushed U.S. funding

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BY NIRAJ WARIKOO /FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER Iraq’s Christian population should soon get $10 million in federal funding under a measure that is expected to be signed into law this month. The allocation, prompted in…

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Chaldean accused of Iraqi spying

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Paul Egan / The Detroit News STERLING HEIGHTS — An active member of Metro Detroit’s Chaldean community and a younger brother of the late patriarch of the Chaldean church was secretly…

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Iraqi Christians to get aid

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Detroit brethren pushed U.S. funding BY NIRAJ WARIKOO Iraq’s Christian population should soon get $10 million in federal funding under a…

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