Yezidis want quota seat in Kurdistan Region parliament

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By Rudaw yesterday at 06:57
Yezidis visit Lalish temple on Chwarshama Soori (Red Wednesday) to celebrate the new year (Sere Sal) in April. Photo: Safin Hamed/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Yezidis want a quota seat in the Kurdistan Region parliament in time for the next election, as is the case for other ethnic and religious minorities. Continue reading

Turkey Turns On Its Christians

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Anne-Christine Hoff
An increasingly precarious situation for Turkey’s tiny Christian minority.
This Turkish sign reads, “Christmas is a blow to our Muslimhood.” Anti-Christian hate speech has increased in Turkey in both social and conventional media, reaching extreme levels during the 2016 Christmas season. Continue reading

A Journey Through Post-ISIS Mosul

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Downtown Old City of Mosul, close to the basement flat where ISIS fighters were buried. (Edward Pentin photo)
Out of the tens of thousands of Christian families who lived in Mosul pre-2014, only 10 have so far returned, and it’s unlikely many more will go back. Continue reading

Turkey slams US report on religious freedom

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry has slammed a U.S. report on international religious freedom, describing its section on Turkey as “a repetition of certain baseless claims.”
“Most parts of the text in connection with Turkey constitute a repetition of certain baseless claims already raised in previous years,” said Turkish Foreign Ministry Continue reading

Children sing in Aramaic during first Communion

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Zoey Maraist | Catholic Herald Staff Writer
Auxiliary Bishop Mar Joy Alappatt of the St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago talks to the first communicants from the St. Jude Community during Mass at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Clifton May 26. ZOEY MARAIST | CATHOLIC HERALD Continue reading