Mosul: Barely 40 Christians home

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• Priest’s struggle to revive Church in city post-Daesh (ISIS) By John Pontifex EXACTLY two years on from the liberation of Mosul from Daesh (ISIS), only 40 Christians at most have returned home to Iraq’s second city.

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Pope Francis wants first papal visit to Iraq

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Pope Francis during the Pentecost Mass in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican, on June 9, 2019. Reuters He made the remark in an address to members of a group of charities that help Christians in the Middle East

ope Francis said on Monday that he wants to travel to Iraq next year, which would be the first papal visit there. Francis made the remark in an address to members of a group of charities that help Christians in the Middle East and other areas. “A constant thought accompanies me when I think of Iraq,” he said. “Where I have the will to go next year.” Wars and conflicts have led to an exodus of Christians in Iraq and some other countries in the Middle Iraq’s small Christian population of several hundred thousand suffered particular hardships when Islamic State controlled large parts of the country, but have recovered freedoms since the jihadists were pushed out. Iraq is home to many different eastern rite churches, both Catholic and Orthodox. In 2000, the late Pope John Paul wanted to visit the ancient Iraqi city of Ur, traditionally held to be the birthplace of Abraham. It was to have been the first leg of a three-step pilgrimage to Iraq, Egypt and Israel. But negotiations with the government of then Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein broke down and he was unable to go.East.

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ASSYRIAN IN AUSTRALIA CELEBRATING “RETURN TO ASSYRIA”

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Sydney – 1 July 2019. The 2019 Assyria Day conference was held on the Sunday 30th of June, 2019. Just over 200 young Assyrians from all over Sydney gathered at Eden Venues “Nineveh Lounge” for the 9th annual Assyria Day conference, making it the largest Assyria Day conference held in NSW. The theme for this year’s conference was “Past, Present and Future”.

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