Iraqi Archbishop Warns of COVID Challenges for IDPs

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Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Archbishop Bishar Warda has stated that in Erbil, there are currently 2,000 Christian families affected by COVID, with 23 individuals having died since March. Maryamana Hospital in Ankawa, a Christian neighborhood in Erbil, is used to coordinate COVID treatment but does not Continue reading

Athens reaches out to Syria via Greek Orthodox community

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Syria’s Greek Orthodox Christians hope the resumption of ties between Syria and Greece will help them recover from the war.al-monitor Catholic believers and clerics gather outside the Greek-Melkite Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition of Our Lady to mark Palm Sunday in the capital Damascus in Bab Sharki, Old Damascus, on April 14, Continue reading

Turkey violates Syrian ceasefire more than 800 times

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Since a truce was agreed in October 2019, Turkey’s military and allied militias have attacked Syrian (and Iraqi) territory hundreds of times, an average of 2.3 violations per day, including battles, bombings, looting and drone strikes. Tel Tamer, a largely Christian area, is one of the affected areas. The goal is demographic change. Continue reading

What the left can learn from Pope Francis

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ByAdrian Pabst –
 Pope Francis poses for a selfie with a man after Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Center for Asylum Seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto. Photo: CNS/L’Osservatore Romano
Mindful of our fractured world, the pope calls for a fairer sharing of resources, care for nature, and compassion for migrants. Continue reading

IRAQ: British Ambassador to Iraq visits Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian town of Alqosh in Nineveh Plains

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ALQOSH, Iraq — The British Ambassador to Iraq, Stephen Hickey, visited the Syriac Chaldean town of Alqosh in Nineveh Plains to speak with Syriac Chaldean Mayor Lara Yousef Zarra and to see firsthand the living conditions in the town. During the visit, the situation in the area was discussed and both sides exchanged views on the economy, tourism, and security concerns. Continue reading

Rescuer of ancient books from Daesh destruction nominated for award

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Iraq: Photo of Friar Najeeb Michaeel, ordained as Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul and Akra on January 25th 2019
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By John Newton with Maria Lozano A BISHOP in Iraq has been nominated for the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought for saving more than 800 historic manuscripts from destruction by the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS). Continue reading

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

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Flag of Azerbaijan on military uniform. Credit: Bumble Dee/Shutterstock
By Matt Hadro 
Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Oct 13, 2020 / 01:00 pm MT (CNA).- Religion is a central factor in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christian advocates explained in a briefing on the conflict on Friday. Continue reading

Vicar of Aleppo: Encyclical ‘Fratelli tutti’ recounts the suffering of the Syrian people

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For Msgr. Abou Khazen the document is an act in defence of a people “wounded and attacked by thieves on the way to Jericho”. Syria is also waiting for a Good Samaritan “to save us”. But the West in recent years has betrayed hopes. A text “to be explored even in the Muslim world” and which should “inspire” the powerful of the earth and their actions. Continue reading

Card Sako says the encyclical is a light at a time of wars, sectarianism and persecution

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For the cardinal, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ is a call “to live in peace” and put “aside enmities” and for “charity and brotherhood”. Christians can pass on brotherhood and mercy to Muslims “for a radical change”. Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus have been affected by secularisation. The encyclical must be presented in a more user-friendly way to facilitate its dissemination. Continue reading