Judge Releases Over 100 Iraqi Christians Detained by ICE

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Chaldeans in Detroit celebrate the coming return of scores of community members facing deportation.
Kate Shellnutt
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Family members rally outside Mother of God Chaldean Church in Southfield, Michigan.
About 130 Iraqi Christians detained last year and slated for deportation will be back home with their families in Detroit for Christmas. Continue reading

Christmas in Iraq—What Does Hope Look Like?

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by Fr. David Linder
The following is an adaptation of the homily at our Christmas Vigil Mass last year. Thousands of Christians in Iraq and other countries continue to suffer and work under the conditions described in this article.
Three days ago I was reading one of the Catholic newspapers we receive, the National Continue reading

Even in exile, Syriac Orthodox Christians remain divided

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Filipe D’Avillez
It is cold and gloomy when I ask one of the Syriac Orthodox youths in the Swedish city of Södertälje to describe to me what the past year has been like. “Dark, very dark,” he replies. But he is not referring to the severe persecution of his people ­– a Christian ethnic group indigenous to large swathes of Iraq, Syria and parts of Turkey. Instead, he Continue reading

Mar Thoma Church marks 50 years in Dubai

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Year-long activities lined up as part of golden jubilee celebrations
Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
Shaikh Nahayan and Rev Joseph Mar Barnabas being welcomed by the congregation at the Mar Thoma Church. Image Credit: Atiq Ur Rehman/Gulf News Continue reading

Iraqi prelate promotes ‘spirituality of exile and return’

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CWN Editor’s Note: Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako has suggested that Iraqi Christians look to the Old Testament for support of a “theology of departure and return,” as they seek to rebuild communities in the Nineveh Valley that were overrun by the Islamic State. The Patriarch said that Christians who are now returning, Continue reading

International conference explores Syriac Christianity

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Professor Sebastian Brock speaks about St. Ephrem the Syrian’s contribution to Syriac Christianity.
A two-day conference entitled “Syriac Christianity at the Crossroads of Cultures” gathered researchers from all over the world at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome last week. Continue reading

The Trump admin sent him ‘home’ to a land where slavery lives on

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Mauritanians in the U.S. fear they’ll share the fate of Issa Sao, who was sent back to a country where thousands of blacks are still enslaved.
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Mauritanian anti-slavery protesters march to demand the liberation of imprisoned abolitionist leader Biram Ould Abeid in Nouakchott on May 26, 2012.Joe Penney / Reuters file Continue reading