Destruction: The church courtyard became a shooting range
A burned-out church in northern Iraq will celebrate Easter mass for the first time in three years today.
The Syriac Catholic Church of Qaraqosh, 20 miles from the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, is still seared by attempts to blow it up. Continue reading
by Penny Starr
The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad, Iraq released his Easter message to the people of Iraq this week, telling them not to let the spirit of Easter be dimmed, despite the suffering they face daily from persecution and terrorism, Vatican radio reported. Continue reading
James Zogby, Contributor President, Arab American Institute; Author, “Arab Voices”
This year there will no Easter celebrations for Coptic Christians in Upper Egypt. Out of concern for their security and out of respect for the 45 Christians who were victims of two horrific suicide bombing attacks on Palm Sunday, their bishop declared that Easter Continue reading
By Suzette Gutierrez-Cachila
The former Archbishop of Canterbury accused the government of being biased against Christian refugees from Syria. He said Christians, who are being “disproportionately persecuted” in the Middle East, should be given priority by the government, but this is not happening. Continue reading
Hundreds of people attended the Syrian Orthodox Church of Our Lady of the Belt in the Old City of
Hundreds of people celebrate Good Friday in Homs with a procession at night through the damaged neighborhood of Bustan Al Dewan. (Liliana Nieto del Rio / For The Times)
Patrick J. McDonnellContact Reporter Continue reading
Prospects of Christianity surviving in its birthplace, the Middle East, appear as grim this Holy Week as they have at any time in the last two millennia.
Persecution of the world’s largest religion has intensified, especially in Muslim-dominated countries. Jihadists appear to have repeatedly carried out one of their oft- Continue reading
By Abigail Hauslohner
Rhonda Fattohi teaches an English-language class to second-graders at Anza Elementary School in El Cajon, Calif. Fattohi, a daughter of Chaldean immigrants, was born and raised in Detroit. She teaches students who have been in the country for less than a year. (Dania Maxwell/For The Washington Post) Continue reading
Vicar explains the special service held at St Thomas Orthodox Cathedral
Good Friday mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church. Thousands attended prayers at various churches across the UAE.Image Credit: Arshad Ali/Gulf News
Jumana Khamis, Staff Reporter
Dubai: Thousands of Christian residents in Dubai and across the country observed Continue reading
The Assyrian Universal Alliance (AUA) congratulates Mr. Arsen Mikhaylov on his election to the Parliament of the Republic of Armenia. This is the first timethat an Assyrian has been elected to represent the Assyrians of Armenia. We extend our gratitude to the government of Armenia, especially to Honorable Serzh Sargsyan, the Continue reading
(Reuters/Suhaib Salem)Iraqis attend the first Palm Sunday procession in the burnt out main church of the Christian city of Qaraqosh since Iraqi forces retook it from Islamic States militants, Iraq April 9, 2017.
Iraqi Christians from villages surrounding Mosul have gathered in the Ashty Camp in Continue reading
By Shayne Heffernan
Hard Line Muslims are killing Christians and Muslims across the Middle East.
Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has claimed responsibility for two Egyptian church bombings that killed 44 people, mainly Coptic Christians, Reuters reports, citing Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the terrorist group. Continue reading
On 9 April hundreds of Christians celebrated Palm Sunday in burned out churches in Qaraqosh and Karamles, towns near Mosul that were recently liberated from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS).
Qaraqosh was Iraq’s largest Christian town until its 50,000 inhabitants were forced to Continue reading
By Stoyan Zaimov
Christian relief groups and other humanitarian organizations have strongly condemned the “brutal” chemical weapons attack on Syria last week, but largely declined to comment on President Donald Trump’s reaction to it. Continue reading
The altar is seen April 3 at the destroyed Immaculate Conception Church in Qaraqosh, Iraq. (CNS photo/courtesy John E. Kozar, CNEWA)
By Mark Pattison • Catholic News Service • Posted April 10, 2017
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The next few months will determine whether Iraqi Christians can return to their homes in areas where Islamic State had been routed, according to Continue reading
Hundreds of Iraqi Christians celebrated Palm Sunday for the first time in three years in Qaraqosh, Sunday, flocking to a church which had previously been set fire to by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Continue reading
ACN News: Monday, 10th April 2017 – EGYPT
With picture of Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, Upper Egypt (© Aid to the Church in Need)
Egypt Bishop calls for increased church security in wake of bombings
By John Pontifex Continue reading
(Reuters/Ammar Abdullah)A man breathes through an oxygen mask as another one receives treatments, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 4, 2017. Continue reading
Pope Francis voiced condolences Sunday after a bomb blast killed at least 22 people at a Coptic Christian church near Cairo, weeks before a trip to Egypt by the Catholic pontiff.
“Let us pray for the victims of the attack unfortunately carried out today,” said the Continue reading
An Iraqi Christian resident of Qaraqosh attends Palm Sunday service at the heavily damaged Church of the Immaculate Conception on April 9, 2017
Members of Iraq’s Christian minority celebrated Palm Sunday in the country’s main Christian town of Qaraqosh for the first time since it was retaken from the Islamic State group. Continue reading
The American Middle East Christians Congress (AMECC) adds its voice to that of His Holiness Pope Francis and the World Council of Churches to condemn the heinous crimes against the innocent worshipers in Mar Girgis Coptic Church and St. Mark’s Church in Egypt. Continue reading