Iraq’s grisly liberation

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Areas freed from the Islamic State’s grip display the depth of the terror group’s war crimes. As Iraqi forces continue that fight, American aid groups are staking out front-line positions, too
by Mindy Belz
Inside the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh (Joseph Galanakis/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Christian persecution keeps getting worse

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By: The Gazette editorial board
When President Donald Trump told the Christian Broadcasting Network in January he would give Middle East Christians priority refugee status, he was sharply criticized for religious favoritism and prejudice. Even a few high-profile American Christian leaders questioned his judgment. Continue reading

EU Special Envoy for Religious Freedom Jan Figel: “Europe needs to stand up to help minorities in Iraq!”

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“Iraq is in an incredibly difficult situation. Minorities especially, were since 2014 abandoned by the central government of Baghdad and also felt abandoned by the Kurdish authorities. They became the victims of a genocide by ISIS,” EU Special Envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion and belief Jan Figel told The European Post. Continue reading

PJI using Trump’s refugee policy to help Christians

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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)
hands on prison barsA conservative legal defense organization is trying to take advantage of a door of opportunity to help persecuted Christians get religious asylum in the United States.
The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) reports that a Christian missionary who was jailed and Continue reading

Officials: New Trump travel ban removes Iraq from list

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BY Matthew Lee and Vivian Salma, Associated Press March 1, 2017 at 8:08 AM EST
An American Civil Liberties Union legal observer watches a flight arrivals board, as dozens of pro-immigration demonstrators greeted international passengers arriving at Dulles International Airport, to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order barring Continue reading

Iraqi refugees aided by Christian medical clinic on wheels

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BY Lyndsey Koh
Iraq (MNN) — The Borgen Project reports that in the last three years, over 3.4 million people in Iraq have become internally displaced. When you’re living in an IDP camp, multiple unique challenges arise. And some of the biggest challenges? Medical needs.
Mobile medical clinic making its way to refugees across northern Iraq. (Photo courtesy of Christian Aid Mission via Facebook) Continue reading

Egypt: Christians face extremist threat

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Ruth K’lama
Egypt (MNN) — A propaganda video has surfaced in Egypt, vowing to eradicate Egypt’s Coptic Christians.
President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has already released the identity of the man behind the threat, 22-year-old student Mahmoud Shafik, also going under the name Abu Abdallah al-Masri. Is this a warning from ISIS?
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Christian woman recalls two years under ISIS rule in Tel Kaif

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By Rudaw
TEL KAIF, Iraq — A Christian woman along with her ailing husband was allowed to stay in their hometown of Tel Kaif under ISIS rule for two years. Rudaw reporters spoke with her on Wednesday, when she recounted her time spent under ISIS.
“I was standing here when they [ISIS] first came. ‘Are you Christian?’ they asked. ‘Yes, I Continue reading

Iraqi Christians erect large cross in area liberated from ISIS

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Catholic News Agency
Cross erected in Telekuf-Tesqopa, Iraq. (Credit: Patriarchate of Babylon.)
A giant cross was erected on a hill near Mosul to mark the return of Christian faith in the territories reclaimed after being liberated from ISIS. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad blessed the cross amid cries of “Victory! Victory! Victory!” Muslims have also Continue reading

Bethlehem fetes Palestinian Arab Idol singing hero

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By AFP
Yacoub Shaheen, the 23-year-old son of a Syriac Christian carpenter, on Saturday night won the pan-Arab singing competition, defeating a fellow Palestinian and a Yemeni in the finals filmed in Lebanon.
Joseph Shahin, the father of Arab Idol contestant Yaacoub Shahin, celebrates his son’s Continue reading