Pray that peace will hold in the Holy Land

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By Fionn Shiner THE international president of a leading Catholic charity has expressed sorrow at the violence that has killed more than 242 people in the Holy Land as well as hope that the ceasefire struck early today (Friday, 21st May) will hold.…

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Nine Syriac Christian Churches Recommended to UNESCO

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Turkey (International Christian Concern) –  Nine churches and monasteries in Tur Abdin, Mardin have been added to a tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage. Tur Abdin was mostly comprised of Syriac Christians until the last century and remains a prominent Christian site.…

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With the escalation of confrontations in occupied Jerusalem The Middle East Council of Churches renews its call to lift the occupation of the Palestinian people

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With the escalation of confrontations in Jerusalem and the dangerous course that developments in the Holy Land are taking, the Middle East Council of Churches issued a statement in which it considered that the violent events raging in occupied Palestine, which are still increasing in intensity daily, are nothing but an inevitable result of…

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The Assyrian Universal Alliance letter to Mr. Erdogan president of Turkey

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May 6, 2021 Honorable Recep Tayyip Erdogan  President of the Republic of TurkeyCumhurbaskanhg1 Kulliyesi 96560 Bestepe-Ankara, Turkey  Hon. President Erdogan: It is with much regret that it is brought to our attention the fate of an Assyrian monk, known as Father Sefer (Aho) Bileçen. Reportedly, he is charged and convicted to…

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Iraqi Government Seeks to Address Pope’s Concerns

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Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Following the papal visit to Iraq in early March, the Iraqi government has reportedly appointed an inter-ministerial committee tasked with addressing suggestions and concerns of the Pope. Primarily, these recommendations include fixing issues of security, economic development and…

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Iraq Papal Visit Leaves Region Hopeful

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Syria (International Christian Concern) –  Following the papal visit to Iraq, Syrian Christians and church leaders expressed their desire and hope for a visit from Pope Francis as well. The historic trip to Iraq, marking the first time a pope has visited the country, sent a message of hope to the whole region.…

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3000 Year-old wall destroyed in Nineveh, Iraq

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The wall is reportedly being knocked down to allow for road building in the city.The ancient Nineveh wall is facing destruction. (TAW)BAGHDAD–While Assyrians around the world are currently preparing to celebrate their Assyrian ancestors’ tradition of Akitu or the Assyrian New Year, an ancient Assyrian…

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Alexandria priest was in Iraq for papal visit

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Matt Riedl| Catholic Herald Multimedia ProducerFr. David Dufresne visits a historic site in Iraq as part of his trip to the country earlier this month. Fr. Dufresne was able to attend a papal Mass in Irbil, Iraq, March 7. BASILICA OF SAINT MARY | COURTESY…

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Chaldean Patriarch says that the papal visit should be used to revitalise the economy, dialogue and unity

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The Apostolic Journey constitutes a legacy of exchanges and experiences that can bring the country back “to the international arena”. Card Sako suggests ways to revive tourism, dialogue, unity and interfaith dialogue. Tourism can play a role in the economic recovery while highlighting the country’s Christian, Muslim, Yazidi, Sabaean and Jewish heritage.…

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