Monthly Archives: January 2009

Iraq: Security improves for Christians in Mosul

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Baghdad, 30 Jan. (AKI) – Security for the Christian minority in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul has improved since the wave of sectarian violence there last year, according to the only Christian candidate running in Saturday’s provincial elections, Sami Habib Astifu. He spoke to Adnkronos International (AKI).…

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Lawmakers urge action for Iraqi Christians

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WASHINGTON,(UPI) — U.S. lawmakers called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take action to protect the Christian minority population in Iraq. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., a Chaldean Christian, and Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., a consultant to Congress’ Iraq Study Group, wrote Clinton on the need to support religious minorities in Iraq.…

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In Iraq’s North, Ethnic Strife Flares as Vote Draws Closer

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Arabs Hope to Curb Power Of Kurdish Government By Ernesto Londoño Washington Post Foreign Service QARAQOSH, Iraq — Iraq’s upcoming provincial elections have exacerbated tensions along the ethnically mixed frontier between the traditionally Arab parts of the country and its Kurdish autonomous region in the north…

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Barzani meets with diverse communities of Mosul and Duhok

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Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani speaks to a press conference in this file photo. Barzani conducted a three-day visit to Shekhan and Duhok to meet with people representing minority communities in Ninewa. GLOBE PHOTO/Safin Hamed The Kurdish Globe…

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Upcoming elections sure to reshape Iraq

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A young man holds posters while his colleagues attach them to a wall in Erbil. GLOBE PHOTO/Safin Hamed By Qassim Khidhir The Kurdish Globe Kurds will lose a number of seats in the provincial councils of Mosul, Diyala, and Salahaddin as Sunnis extensively participate in the election, the Dawa Party and the…

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Escape from Iraq

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A Baghdadi father, tortured and threatened with death, lives to tell the tale of his war-torn country By Ted Cox More stories by this author… About the author Ted Cox is a freelance writer who frequently contributes to the Sacramento News & Review.…

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Lawmakers urge action for Iraqi Christians

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, Jan. 28 (UPI) — U.S. lawmakers called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take action to protect the Christian minority population in Iraq. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., a Chaldean Christian, and Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., a consultant to Congress’ Iraq Study Group, wrote Clinton on the need to support religious minorities in Iraq.…

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JORDAN: Al Qaeda-linked group accused in attack on choir

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An Al Qaeda-linked group was allegedly responsible for a violent attack on a Christian choir group in the Jordanian capital of Amman last July, authorities revealed Tuesday. The incident took place in a downtown Amman neighborhood. A gunman opened fire on a bus full of tourists, wounding six, including four Lebanese musicians from a university…

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Iraqi bishops meet Pope Benedict

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Yesterday the Holy Father received prelates from the Chaldean Church, who have just completed their ad limina visit. In the course of their audience with the Pope, the bishops gave him a cape used by Archbishop Faraj Rahho of Mosul and a stole belonging to Fr Ragheed Aziz Ganni, both killed in Iraq over recent…

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Pope Offers Encouragement to Iraqi Prelates

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Bishops Present Him With Mementos of Slain Ministers VATICAN CITY, (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI is encouraging Chaldean prelates to continue giving “courageous testimony” in the midst of difficulties, especially in Iraq. The Pope said this in an extensive discourse Saturday to Chaldean bishops in Rome…

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Bishops: Situation Bleak for Christians in Iraq

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 By: Edward Pentin An Iraqi Catholic bishop has decried the silence of the international community in the face of ongoing Christian persecution in Iraq, while another has called on Pope Benedict XVI to hold a major church council to address the problem of Christians fleeing the Middle East.…

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Saving the monastery of Mor Gabriel, to guarantee a multicultural Turkey

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by Geries Othman Muslim leaders are trying to destroy it, and have sued the monastery for alleged proselytism. A spiritual and cultural center for the Syriac Orthodox, it still uses ancient Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus. During the 1960’s, at least 130,000 Syriacs lived in Tur Abdin. Today, there are only 3,000. The minority…

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Chaldean church must be voice of moderation in Iraq, says pope

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite the dangers and difficulties Iraqi Christians are facing, the Chaldean Catholic Church must take an active role in bringing peace and harmony to Iraq by being a voice of moderation, Pope Benedict XVI said.…

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Iraq Militants Kill Christian; Pope Urges Authorities To Intervene

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 BosNewsLife Middle East Service with BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)– The leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, has appealed to Iraqi authorities to defend minority Christians, after police confirmed that the Christian owner of a car repair shop was killed, execution-style, in Mosul.…

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