Monthly Archives: September 2014

Doubly damned as a Syrian and a Christian convert

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“Tarek,” a refugee in Lebanon waiting to be resettled in Canada, is being hunted by family because he has converted to Christianity Tarek, who has been living in Lebanon for more than a year, fears for his life because, he says, his father and brother have threatened to kill him for converting from Islam to…

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Prayers for peace in Syria in St. Anthony Cathedral in Damascus

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Damascus, Prayers for peace in Syria were held on Friday at the St. Anthony Cathedral, the headquarters of the Maronite Patriarchate of Damascus, in Bab Touma. The prayers were held under the patronage of Archbishop Samir Nassar, the ehad of the Maronite Patriarchate of Damascus, and presided upon by Father Gabriel Ghanem…

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Op-Ed: Is There Really an Aramean Nation?

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Are the Israeli Christians part of the ancient Aramean people rather than Arabs? Dr. Mordechai Kedar is a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at… One of the last things Israel’s Interior Minister Gideon Saar did before resigning from the Knesset was to recognize the Israeli Christians as members of the Aramean nation. The…

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Syrian rebel groups unite to fight ISIS

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By Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin, CNN Antakya, Turkey (CNN) — More than 20 Syrian rebel commanders, including members of Christian opposition groups, have signed off on what they called a historic agreement to unite in the fight against ISIS and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.…

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Assyria: Ancient Assyrian Church Destroyed by Suspected IS Militants

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The Assyrian Green Church, one of the oldest and most beautiful religious sites in Iraq, was destroyed on Wednesday [24 September 2014]. Islamic State (IS) militants are heavily suspected to be responsible for its destruction as part of their horrific campaign to eradicate Assyrian history, culture and identity from Northern Iraq.…

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AUSTRALIA ASSISTS VICTIMS OF SECTARIAN VIOLENCE IN NORTHERN IRAQ

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For the past four months, the Australia Chapter of the Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) has communicated closely with high officials of the Australian government Authorities regarding the violent attacks in Iraq by the terrorist group called ISIL, the AUA delegation met with The Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs two times…

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Bishop: Don’t Exclude Christians from Inclusive Iraq

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By James Reinl Bishop Sarhad. Photo by author. NEW YORK — Christians should not be kept out of Iraq’s inclusive political process and can help ease tensions between Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, Chaldean Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo told Rudaw.…

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Chaldean Catholics in Iraq want refugee status

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There’s more than half a million Christians in Iraq today — two thirds of them are Chaldean Catholics — a Christian group affiliated with Rome, but practicing its own Eastern rites. The group is under attack by the militant Islamic State, bombing Chaldean churches, attacking monasteries, and chasing Chaldeans from their ancestral land.…

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Qahwaji meets Syriac Catholic Patriarch

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NNA – Lebanese Army Chief, General Jean Qahwaji, on Tuesday met at his office in Yarze with Syriac Catholic Patriarch Mar Ignatius Younane, and the accompanying delegation. He later met with Head of the Independence Movement, Michel Mouawwad, over the…

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Chaldean Group Urges US to Resettle 70,000 Refugees

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By James Reinl Chaldean Christian refugees in Erbil, Kurdistan Region. Photo: AFP NEW YORK – A US-based group of the Chaldean Christians has called on the United States to open its doors to members of the religious minority who fled from the advancing Islamic State (IS) army in Iraq.…

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