Monthly Archives: June 2008

State to build houses for Syriacs in Mardin

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ISTANBUL – TDN with wire dispatches The Housing Development Administration of Turkey, or TOKÄ°, has plans to build villa type houses in the southeastern province of Mardin in order to encourage the return of Syriacs, news agencies reported Wednesday.…

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For Iraqi Christians, Money Bought Survival

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By ANDREW E. KRAMER MOSUL, Iraq — As priests do everywhere, Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, the leader of the Chaldean Catholics in this ancient city, gathered alms at Sunday Mass. But for years the money, a crumpled pile of multicolored Iraqi dinars, went into an envelope…

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EU Countries Move to Stop Flood of Iraqi Refugees

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By SPIEGEL Staff The ongoing terror in Iraq is driving an increasing number of refugees to Europe. Now the EU is being forced to make some tough decisions: Who will be allowed to stay in Europe, and will Iraqi Christians have greater chances here than Muslims?…

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Another Surge Needed.

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By Robin Harris In Iraq the “surge” is working, but at the same time the Iraqi Christian community is dying. Hardly anyone seems to know, and those who know don’t seem to care. In former times, the violent persecution of Christians in a country effectively under the…

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Vatican delegation beatifies Lebanese priest

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By Anthony Elghossain /Daily Star staff BEIRUT: Miraculous, perhaps. Tens of thousands of Lebanese gathered in Martyrs Square in Downtown Beirut on Sunday to witness the beatification of Yaaqoub Haddad, the late Capuchin priest who gained fame for his prolific work in founding an…

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Fire destroys Catholic church in Egypt

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Cairo, Jun 18, 2008 / 05:09 pm (CNA).- Fire destroyed a Coptic Catholic church in the Egyptian town of Kafr el Sheij this week, coming just three weeks after another church was burned in the country because of conflicts between Christians and Muslims.…

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Statement on Assyrian-Catholic Meeting

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VATICAN CITY, JUNE 20, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is a statement regarding an informal meeting held in the United States between representatives of the Catholic Church and the Assyrian Church of the East, as a follow-up to Assyrian Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV’s visit to Benedict XVI one year ago.…

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All Christians should support Church in Middle East

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Vatican, Jun. 19, 2008 (CWNews.com) – The ancient Christian communities of the Middle East must be ” supported by the entire Catholic Church,” Pope Benedict XVI (bio – news) said in a June 19 talk to participants in an annual conference of ROACO, the Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches.…

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EU-Parliament hold conference on Iraq’s Christians

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Situation of Iraqi Christians discussed in EU Parliament Ararat News –Publishing (ANP) – Roni Alasor, 15/6/2008 / Brussels – Wednesday 11 June, the European Parliament was once again a warm venue for discussing the current humanitarian…

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