Need for Christian Renaissance in Iraq Urgent

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Need for Christian Renaissance in Iraq Urgent
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A Christian militiaman stands guard during Easter mass in Qaraqosh, Iraq, Sunday, April 16 2017. The town was gutted by Islamic State militants. Even under government control, residents did not return. (Maya Alleruzzo/AP) Continue reading

Future of Iraq’s Christians at the core of the EU debate

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“More autonomy for Iraqi Christians in the Nineveh Plain” is the final message of a joint document approved by seven Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian parties of Iraq after a two-days conference at the European Parliament on the “Future of Christians in Iraq” organised by the Swedish centre-right MEP Lars Adaktusson and co-organized among Continue reading

ASIA/IRAQ – Chaldean Patriarch: Western countries have encouraged the emigration of Christians

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Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) – The most painful issue that has hit the Iraqi Christian communities in recent years was their mass escape from Mosul and Nineveh Plain, when entire villages were evacuated one night before the advance of the Jihadist militia of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh), and many family groups “were encouraged by Western Countries to emigrate”. This is what Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Continue reading

Preconditions for a Free and Fair Future for the Nineveh Plain

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By: Elmer Abbo
I was finally able to take some time to consider the final policy statement from the EU conference this past week. I acknowledge I do not come to this question as an unbiased observer. I have actively worked to support the NPU and have promoted their plainly stated agenda that the Nineveh Plain should become a province under the central Continue reading

As Mosul battle nears end, Iraqi Christians wary of return

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Members of the Ninevah Plain Protection Units pray in a destroyed church in Qaraqosh (Hamdaniya), east of Mosul, Iraq, March 3, 2017. (photo by ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
BAGHDAD — With the liberation of most of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq from the clutches of the Islamic State (IS), which took control of the city in June 2014, some of Continue reading

Syria Christians take on Daesh in Raqqa

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A fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against Daesh, looks on as he guards a look out point in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017 after the area was seized from the militants. AFP / DELIL Continue reading

Turkish government seizes Syriac Orthodox properties

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The government of Turkey has seized more than 50 properties from the Syriac Orthodox Church in the country’s Mardin province.
The government’s religion ministry said that ownership permits had lapsed for the properties in question—including churches, monasteries, and cemeteries. Many of the Continue reading