Churches express solidarity for Lebanon, wounded by the explosions

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The Chaldean patriarch joins the Maronite Church, which will hold a day of fasting and prayer tomorrow. Card al-Rahi urges the faithful to take part in the day of recollection and repentance for a “wounded nation”. India offers her solidarity. The Holy Land will send offerings to the needy. The World Council of Churches extends…

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Beirut Explosion Devastates Country

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Lebanon (International Christian Concern) – On Tuesday evening, a massive explosion on the Beirut port devastated Lebanon. Damage is reported on buildings up to six miles away from the initial blast. Shock waves reached the shores of Cyprus, and Syrian residents in Damascus also reported being impacted. Information regarding the impact…

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Lebanon’s Catholic leaders seek help; here’s where you can donate

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CNS photo/Aziz Taher, ReutersA volunteer gathers supplies in Beirut Aug. 5, 2020, to be distributed to people affected by the previous day’s explosions. Beirut Gov. Marwan Abboud said up to 300,000 people were homeless and that the blasts damaged nearly half the city. (CNS photo/Aziz Taher, Reuters) See LEBANON-EXPLOSION-DONATE Aug. 5, 2020.…

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Chaldean Community Foundation unveils new building in Sterling Heights

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Socially distant ribbon cutting heldSTERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. – The Chaldean Community Foundation is celebrating a big milestone. They’re unveiling a new building in Sterling Heights.The foundation is helping people in many ways get through these tough times that have been brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.…

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IRAQ: Christian town of Ankawa sounds alarm about worsening coronavirus outbreak

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ANKAWA, Iraq — Social media sites in Ankawa, a predominantly Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian suburb of Erbil, Iraq, warned of the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic inside the town, especially after the increase in the number of infections in Erbil, which saw the confirmation of 150 new cases on Friday, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Health.…

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Syria announces plans for replica Hagia Sophia

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Hagia Sophia – Nserrano Wiki image Source: International Christian Concern Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has announced that it will build a replica of Turkey’s Hagia Sophia, showing its opposition to Turkey’s latest decision converting the church into a mosque. Russia pledges to assist Syria in the construction of this replica. They claim…

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Priest Missing in Syria for Seven Years

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 Syria (International Christian Concern) – The end of July marks the seven-year anniversary of when Father Paolo Dall’Oglio went missing in Syria. The Jesuit priest had worked in Syria for 30 years prior to his kidnapping, and founded a monastic community just north of Damascus.…

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Turkey Creates Religious Freedom Propaganda Video

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Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Following President Erdo?an’s recent decision to reopen Hagia Sophia cathedral as a mosque, Turkey has faced widespread international criticism for neglecting religious freedom protections. In response, Turkey has engaged multiple tools of propaganda intended to demonstrate how they are a…

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