Tragedy for Family of Missing Couple

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03/21/2020 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – Two months after the mysterious disappearance of the elderly parents of a Chaldean Catholic priest in Turkey, tragic news for the family came this week after days of searching. The mother, Simoni Diril, was found deceased on March 20, 2020. The whereabouts of the father, Hurmuz Diril, remain unknown.…

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BREAKING NEWS: Missing Chaldean woman Smuni Diril found dead

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MAHRE, ?irnak, Turkey — Smuni Diril, who together with her husband Hirmiz Diril, had been missing since 10 January of this year has been found dead nearby their village of Mahre in the mountainous Hakkari region in southeast Turkey. According to the latest information obtained by Syriac television channel SuroyoTV, the body of Smuni Diril…

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Schools incubating anti-Christian attitudes

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By Fionn Shiner Bishops in Israel have claimed that bigoted attitudes endemic in the country’s schools could be responsible for a recent spate of anti-Christian attacks.Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said the failure of the…

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Baghdad auxiliary: Coronavirus worse than a war. Curfew and social media

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In Iraq there are 124 confirmed cases and at least 10 dead. A state of emergency lasting 30 days. Baghdad borders and airport closed. Bishop Warduni: “rigid and heavy” measures in the face of “serious danger”. The new media a channel to maintain communion with the faithful: “the strongest medicine is prayer”.…

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Baghdad auxiliary: Coronavirus worse than a war. Curfew and social media

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In Iraq there are 124 confirmed cases and at least 10 dead. A state of emergency lasting 30 days. Baghdad borders and airport closed. Bishop Warduni: “rigid and heavy” measures in the face of “serious danger”. The new media a channel to maintain communion with the faithful: “the strongest medicine is prayer”.…

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‘We burned clothes to keep warm’

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By Fionn Shiner A MOTHER in Syria has described how she has been forced to burn clothes to keep her disabled daughter warm amid reports that on the ninth anniversary of the civil war the economy is in freefall and people are on the breadline.…

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Northeast Syrian airwaves home to radio tower of Babel

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Rana al-Ahmde People take part in a radio broadcast on Suroyo FM, in Qamishli, Syria, in a picture  QAMISHLI, Syria — A small radio station in the town of Qamishli, on the border of Turkey and Syria, has been broadcasting in the ancient Christian liturgical language of…

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Bethlehem in lockdown

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Appeal for prayer and solidarity as Coronavirus worsens By John Pontifex AN urgent call for prayer and support for Christians in Bethlehem has come from two charities which are warning that Coronavirus lockdown could plunge the faithful into desperate poverty.…

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Iraqi Women Launch Magazine to Fight ISIS Extremism

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An Iraqi woman holds a placard during a rally marking International Women’s Day in the southern city of Basra on March 8, 2020. Hussein FALEH / AFPThey aim to print the magazine monthly and have volunteers distribute it throughout the region, Suleiman told Al-Monitor.…

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Amal Clooney Took Fight Against ISIS to U.N.

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By Dana RubinRick Bajornas/United Nations via AP, FileSixth in a series commemorating Women’s History Month by spotlighting a significant speech or testimony delivered by a woman in the U.S. on this date.…

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Coronavirus: Chaldean Patriarchate cancels Sunday Mass in Baghdad

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Weddings and funerals are also suspended until further notice. Weekday Masses will continue as fewer people attend them. The faithful are asked to sit in church and not shake hands. For priest in the capital, measures are designed to contain the contagion. Card Sako offers a “special prayer” to God the Father and Mary.…

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