Priest says Chaldeans in northern Iraq face uncertainty in return to homes

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By Dennis Sadowski • Catholic News Service • Posted July 18, 2019 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Chaldean Christians in northern Iraq are determined to continue their 2,000-year-long mission despite the near-deadly blow inflicted by Islamic State forces and new challenges from nongovernment militias, said a priest ministering in the region.…

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For Card Sako, US-Iran tensions threaten papal visit to Iraq

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The patriarch is concerned about the escalation between Washington and Tehran. A conflict would precipitate the situation across the Middle East. As Iraqi Christians and Muslims look forward to the apostolic journey, the latter remains uncertain, whilst confusion and suffering affect the country.…

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Chaldean synod welcomes laity for first time

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A new paragraph has appeared in the invitation received by the bishops of the Chaldean Church to their next synod. “I encourage each of you to choose one or two laypeople, of either sex, from your diocese to participate in the meetings of the first two days of the 2019 Synod,” wrote Cardinal Louis Sako,…

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Iraqi forces storm ISIS-held Tel Kaif in northern Mosul

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ByPaul Antonopoulos – Iraqi forces stormed on Thursday the town of Tel Kaif in northern Mosul as only a few regions remain to be liberated from ISIS on the the eastern side of the Tigris river. An Iraqi military statement has said that it’s forces have entered the town from several axes.…

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Working with Iraqi refugees stretches, strengthens priest’s faith

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Father Khalil Jaar distributes hygiene packs to Iraqi Christian refugees sheltering at his church compound Jan. 8 in Marka, Jordan. Many Iraqi Christian refugees who fled Mosul say they will not be able to return, even after the so-called Islamic State militants are flushed out of the area by the U.S.-led and Iraqi government forces.…

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Chaldean archbishop urges Iraqi Catholics to stay and help rebuild

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By Elizabeth Bryant Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk, Iraq, second from right, celebrates Mass on April 19, 2015, in Madrid. Photo courtesy of HazteOir.org via Creative Commons PARIS (RNS ) Iraqi Christians who are considering leaving the country should stay put and play a role in rebuilding their war-shattered homeland, a senior prelate said…

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Iraqi Muslim Builds Cross After Original is Destroyed by ISIS

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Marwan’s action represents the support and concern that the greater Muslim community has for the persecuted Christians in Iraq. An Iraqi Muslim built a cross out of two pieces of metal, sending a message that Iraqi Muslims don’t stand for extremist Islamic ideology and that they support the Christians of the nation. The man, Marwan,…

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A Light In Times Of Darkness

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Nuri Kino Independent investigative multi-award-winning reporter, filmmaker, author, Middle East and human rights analyst A week before Christmas, I, along with other dedicated volunteers from ADFA (A Demand For Action) NGO, a group of which I am a founder, went to Lebanon again to help our sister organization, Syriac League, with its Christmas events. We…

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Goal to bring 52 disabled Iraqi children to NZ

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By Rowena Orejana – Safety is a commodity that is scarce in Iraq. Project 52, a project launched by the Chaldean Catholic community, aims to provide safety to 52 disabled children in Iraq by eventually having them adopted by families in New Zealand. The project was launched with a gala on November 26 at St…

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Kirkuk Archbishop: Aid for Iraq Best Targeted at Home

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Lisa Bryant Chaldean Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk, Iraq, speaks to reporters in Paris, Jan. 17, 2017. (L. Bryant/VOA) A high-profile Iraqi cleric says the best way to help his countrymen is at home, rather than pouring money into refugee programs overseas. Kirkuk’s Archbishop Yousif Mirkis, who is visiting France, called Tuesday for an initiative…

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In visit to Kurdistan, U.S. bishop hears priorities of Iraqi Christians

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Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Moshe of Mosul, Iraq, and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., pose for a photo in Iraq. After meeting with church leaders in northern Iraq, Bishop Cantu said he will advocate differently for Iraqi religious minorities. (CNS photo/Stephen Colecchi, USCCB) By Dale Gavlak • Catholic News Service • Posted January…

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Group leads ‘Dunkirk in reverse’ for Christians of Iraq, Syria

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John L. Allen Jr. A drawing by an Iraqi Christian child living in a camp for internally displaced persons. (Credit: Image courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.) Right now, it’s impossible to say whether Christianity will survive in Iraq or Syria. Yet one thing can be said with certainty: If it does, it…

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2,400-year-old Skeletons Discovered in Northern Iraqi Tomb

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Archeologists working in northern Iraq have uncovered a tomb dating back 2,400 years containing the skeletons of six people at a minimum. In addition to the skeletons, artifacts found inside the tomb include a bracelet which had been decorated with images of two snake heads, each looking directly at the other.…

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Iraq: IS/Daesh booby-trapped toys to stop Christians returning

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Murcadha O Flaherty and Mónica Zorita Iraqi Christian shows statue decapitated by IS in Mar Addai Church, Karemlash, northern Iraq © ACN Extremists driven out of Iraq’s the Nineveh Plains “riddled the region with land mines” and “put bombs in children’s toys” according to a senior Catholic cleric.…

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Media release Iraqi Forum for Human Rights Organizations Condemns aggression used against families of victims of latest explosions in Baghdad

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Following last wave of terrorists explosions , which targeted several areas in Baghdad including Alsader city ,Al Shaab city, Albaladiat,Major Jamila market and Abu Gharib with toll of several dozens of killed and injured innocent people , a picket was established by group of victims’ families at Al-Tahrer square in center of Baghdad city .…

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Rex Tillerson Grilled Over Question Of Christians In Middle East

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harry-farley Harry Farley Journalist Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state allegedly “exacerbated” the already perilous situation of Christians in the Middle East, a top Democrat has claimed. Rex Tillerson, the president-elect’s choice for secretary of state, is the former chief of oil giant Exxon Mobil.…

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