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LEBANON-SYRIA-IRAQ-RELIGION-CHRISTIANITY-CHRISTMAS ANWAR AMRO/AFP/Getty Images The Assyrian Church in Syria may have paid more than a million dollars to the Islamic State (ISIS) in extortion fees, the New York Times claimed in a report Wednesday.…

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Group of Iran Christians slam US ‘interventionism,’ wars

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Assyrian Archbishop Ramzi Garmou (C) leads Mass rituals on Christmas Eve at the Saint Joseph Chaldean-Assyrian Catholic church in Tehran, Iran. (Photo by AP) Iran’s Assyro-Chaldean churches have censured US officials’ “interventionist” claims about the situation of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic, calling on Washington…

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Final Statement of the 2018 Chaldean Synod

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In response to His Beatitude (H. B.) Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako’s invitation, the Synod of the Chaldean Church held its’ annual meeting, 7-13 August 2018, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Baghdad. Bishops of different dioceses participated, including Australia, America, Canada, Europe, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, bearing in…

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Chaldean Catholic synod offers thanks for return of displaced Christians

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Chaldean Catholic synod offers thanks for return of displaced Christians Dale Gavlak CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE A clergyman and altar servers process during Mass in 2014 at St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad, Iraq. The synod for the Iraqi Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad took place Aug. 7-13. (Credit: Ahmed Saad/Reuters via CNS.)…

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Young Iraqi Christians ponder: Should I stay or should I go?

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Elise Harris SENIOR CORRESPONDENT An Iraqi boy is glad to receive food provided by the Knights of Columbus. The Catholic fraternal organization has raised and committed almost $19 million in aid to Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East. (Credit: CNS…

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Are Turkey’s Christians as ‘fine’ as they say?

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Fehim Tastekin A Christian worshipper lights candles following a mass on Christmas at the Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church in Diyarbakir, Turkey, Dec. 25, 2017. As tensions simmered between Ankara and Washington over detained American pastor…

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Iraq’s Chaldean Church tackles post-ISIS challenges

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Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako has expressed concern over the delay in forming a new Iraqi government, rise in social protests and the persistence of corruption Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako celebrates Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Tal Kaif, north…

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