Separation is Not the Solution in Iraq

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Alice Su, Aeon |
“The entrance to Karemlash, a small village in northern Iraq, is marked by a sign featuring Jesus Christ, hands beckoning, next to the words ‘Wellcome Back’ [sic]. His beaming smile has taken on an ironic cast for the residents of this minority enclave. Continue reading

Israeli site of Christ’s baptism is clearing away thousands of landmines

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J-P Mauro
LAND OF THE MONASTERIES
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Church properties, unaccessable for nearly 50 years, to be reopened when the land is safe.
For nearly 50 years churches at one of the sites where it is believed Christ was baptized by John the Baptist have been inaccessible to pilgrims due to a large amount of landmines hidden under the terrain. Now, thanks to a joint effort by the Israeli government and the HALO Trust, an international anti-landmine charity, the site is being cleared of the dangerous explosive traps and these churches could see their doors reopen as soon as 2019. Continue reading

Oxford University Armenian Studies Chair Prof. Thomson Dies

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by The Armenian Mirror-Spectator
LONDON — Prof. Robert W. Thomson (1934-2018), former Calouste Gulbenkian Professor of Armenian Studies at Oxford University (1992-2002), who died recently, is remembered by his colleagues and students for his monumental contributions to Armenian, Syriac, Georgian and Byzantine studies. Continue reading

Candles for Peace campaign launched in Syria

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Mario Schiavone |
Syrian children at the launch of the Candle for Peace campaign
Pope Francis last Sunday before reciting the Anglus lit a candle sent to him from Syria as part of the Candles for Peace Campaign launched by the international Catholic pastoral charity and pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN International) Continue reading

Pope leads prayers for peace in ‘tormented’ Syria Catholic News Service OSV Newsweekly

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Pope leads prayers for peace in ‘tormented’ Syria Pope Francis places an Advent candle during the Angelus prayer led from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Dec. 2. The pope lit the candle as he launched the Christmas campaign, “Candles for Peace in Syria,” an initiative of Aid to the Church in Need. (CNS photo/Giuseppe Lami, EPA) Continue reading

Secret Brexit legal advice is finally revealed: Attorney General warns the UK could be stuck in backstop FOREVER with no way out – even if negotiations with EU completely break down

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By Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
Britain could be stuck in the Irish backstop forever if trade talks with the EU break down, the Prime Minister was warned in secret legal advice.
The advice drawn up for the Cabinet was finally published today after MPs voted to find the Government in contempt of Parliament for the first time yesterday – one of three defeats last night in the worst day in the Commons for a PM in 40 years. Continue reading

Pope lights candle to promote peace in Syria

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis lit a candle decorated with the faces of Syrian children suffering from war from his balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, launching a global campaign calling for peace in the country “martyred by a war that has lasted for nearly eight years.” Continue reading