A journey to the bleeding heartland Middle East

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By Susan Korah, Op-Ed Contributor
Cross at Syriac Catholic Seminary destroyed by ISIS, Baghdida, Iraq. | (Photo: Bill Devlin) It was the trip of a lifetime in a lifetime of crisscrossing the globe.Part pilgrimage to explore my spiritual and cultural roots as a Syriac Orthodox Christian (Suriani), and Continue reading

Masrour Barzani sends condolences to family of deceased Priest

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Hiwa Shilani |
Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani. (Photo: Archive) 
Kurdistan Iraq Christians Masrour Barzani ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Saturday extended his condolences to Archbishop Bashar Mati Warda, the head of the Chaldean Archdiocese, and the head of the family of deceased Priest Dinha Toma Youssef. Continue reading

Syriac monk in Turkey jailed on terror charges

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Opposition lawmaker Tuma Celik, from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, is the only Syriac lawmaker in the Turkish parliament. (Photo/Supplied)
Hundreds of Syriacs, an ancient Christian population with Aramaic as their mother tongue, have left Turkey since the 1990s to Europe Continue reading

For Immediate Release

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On Friday, January 3, 2020 Umer Jamshaid of WWW.UrduPoint.Com  wrote an article in which the reader was led to believe that I, as Secretary General of the Assyrian Universal Alliance, had conducted an interview with said publication and had made certain statements about the assassination of Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Continue reading

Iraqi bishop warns: Fresh violence threatens our future

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John Pontifex
Archbishop Nathaniel Nizar Semaan of Hadiab-Erbil, (© ACNSource: Aid to the Church in Need A bishop from Erbil – where Iran carried out missile attacks – has warned that any continuation of conflict in the region could cause Iraq’s fragile Christian community to lose confidence in the future. Continue reading

US and Iran escalation worries Christians in the Middle East: Enough violence and conflict

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The plane crash on the outskirts of Tehran fueled the tension of the last few days. All 176 people on board died. Canada speaks of murder, for the Iranian government it’s an accident. The US House votes to limit Trump’s war powers. For the White House it is a “ridiculous resolution”. AsiaNews speaks to Catholic leaders in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Continue reading

Christians fear renewed Iraq persecution

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Damian Arnold
Iraqi Christians at a Christmas service in Arbil. There are fears that worshippers may be forced to leave the countrySAFIN HAMED/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
Tensions in Iraq could lead to renewed persecution of Christians, local bishops have warned. Continue reading

Christians are slowly returning to Iraq, says Syriac Patriarch

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The invasion of ISIS in 2014 triggered a mass exodus of the region’s Christians.
Reporting on his December 2019 fact-finding mission to northern Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said that Qaraqosh, the largest Christian town on the Nineveh Plains, is “slowly returning” to what it was before the invasion of ISIS in the Continue reading