Children of Islamic State group live under a stigma in Iraq

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Associated Press
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of Iraqi children of Islamic State group members are left on their own, their parents dead or imprisoned after the long and destructive war that brought down the militants’ rule.
They are often ostracized, tainted in the eyes of a broken society where many hate the Continue reading

Synod: education against fundamentalism, corruption and loss of one’s roots

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Fraternal delegates spoke about the need to foster in young people, through prayer and asceticism, a personal relationship of friendship with Christ in times characterised by “improvised masters who proclaim themselves to be holders of the truth.” God calls on all young people to be mediators and bridges, conscious that “we are all children loved by God”. Continue reading

Iraq diary: Drinking sweet tea in West Mosul

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Kevin Clarke
Signs of normal live are slowly returning to the ruins of Mosul. (Kevin Clarke)
Around us the rubble of West Mosul throws a fine white dust into the air that coats your clothing and grits your hair, covers your shoes and camera lens, and gets into just about everything else. I find myself briefly wondering what percentage of my newly Continue reading

Mgr Hindo: Despite Christian journalist’s release, fears of more Kurdish abuses remain

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Souleman Yusph was held for a few days, then released. He is in good health but wants to keep a low profile to avoid retaliation. For Syrian bishop, he was “arrested for telling the truth”. The prelate slams Kurds (from Turkey and Iraq) who want to occupy the area.
Hasakah (AsiaNews) – Assyrian journalist Souleman Yusph “was released” after he was Continue reading

Proposed law puts Syria’s religious diversity at risk

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Critics say the law would “Islamise society” and transform Syria into a virtual theocracy.
Between the cracks. Syrian President Bashar Assad (C), Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun (R) and Minister of Awqaf Mohammad Abdul Sattar al-Sayyed arrive to attend prayers at Khadija Mosque in Tartus city, last June. (Syrian Presidency) Continue reading

Card Zenari praying for Syria and young people, looking for a future of peace and hope

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In Pompeii for the Supplication, the cardinal renewed the call of prayer to “put an end” to conflicts. His thoughts go to children and young people among the most affected by the war. The country’s reconstruction must start with them. Three timid signs of hope come from Syria.
ROME: Card Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Damascus, is presently in Italy where he Continue reading

Proposed law puts Syria’s religious diversity at risk

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Critics say the law would “Islamise society” and transform Syria into a virtual theocracy.
Sunday 07/10/2018
Syrian President Bashar Assad (C), Grand Mufti Sheikh Ahmad Badr al-Din Hassoun (R) and Minister of Awqaf Mohammad Abdul Sattar al-Sayyed arrive to attend prayers at Khadija Mosque in Tartus city, last June. (Syrian Presidency) Continue reading