Monthly Archives: December 2009

Trouble and demonstration of the Shiaa Shabak in Bartella

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Ankawa.com – Exclusive According to the information received from the town of Bartella, large groups of Shiaa Shabak who live in the neighboring villages started this morning, the first day of Christmas, a sudden mass demonstration in the streets of the town.…

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Iraqi priest says Christians must ‘not be afraid’

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By Sammy Ketz (AFP) BAGHDAD — A senior Iraqi priest in his Christmas sermon on Friday urged Christians not to be intimidated by a string of deadly attacks against the minority community but warned they should not linger near churches.…

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Christmas of fear in Iraq

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“The government has deployed security forces at the entrance of all churches and closed all access roads. Moreover, every area of the city has been allotted a security chief but the last days’ events and the recent attacks against some places of worship…

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More attacks on Iraqi Christians reported on Christmas eve

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Azzaman, December 24, 2009 There has been a notable increase in attacks targeting Iraqi Christians, particularly in the northern restive city of Mosul. Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province, used to be a main center of Christianity in Iraq prior to the 2003-U.S. invasion.…

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Church hit and election candidate killed in Iraq attacks

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By Mujahid Mohammed (AFP) – MOSUL, Iraq — A pre-Christmas attack on a church killed two people in the Iraqi city of Mosul Wednesday while a Sunni Arab candidate died in a bombing in Fallujah, the first such murder ahead of March polls.…

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Silent night, silent celebtation

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Christmas this year coincides with the religious festival Ashoura, one of Islam’s most solemn holidays. Christians in Iraq are choosing to mark their holiday in silence, to show respect for the annual Shiite period of mourning.…

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In the Iraq war, Christians pushed to the brink

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Arbil, Iraq — At the height of Iraq’s sectarian war, Hana Hormoz’s Baghdad neighborhood of Dora became a Sunni Muslim stronghold hostile to him and his fellow Christians. Women were forced to wear hijab; priests were kidnapped for ransom. Their local church was bombed.…

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Turkey’s Lack of Religious Liberty

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It’s Been a Difficult Year for Christians /By Father John Flynn, LC ROME, DEC. 20, 2009 (Zenit.org).- It’s been another difficult year for Christians in Turkey and it is finishing just as it began, with problems. Early in December, three Muslims entered the Meryem Ana Church, a Syriac Orthodox church in Diyarbakir,…

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British parliamentarians hear about Christians in Kurdistan

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Friday, 18 December 2009, 09:19 EST By KRG The people and government of the Kurdistan Region understand the suffering of the Christians and other minorities in Iraq and are committed to their protection and to peaceful coexistence, said Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Region’s High…

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Iraqi Christians live in fear

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“In a climate of insecurity and lawlessness in Iraq, the Christian community is suffering. To all Christians around the world we say: Do not abandon us.” This is the heartfelt appeal made by Bishop Shlemon Warduni, Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop of…

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