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Iraq’s Catholics begin prayer for Pope’s visit

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Iraqi Christians attend Christmas Eve Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in 2019.   (AFP or licensors)Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël Sako has composed a prayer that the churches across Iraq will recite from Sunday, 17 January, in preparation for the visit of Pope…

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Chaldean Catholics in Iraq praying that pope visit will be possible

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The Vatican has confirmed Pope Francis will visit Iraq March 5-8 Christians go to the Mass for the feast of St. Levo in the Chaldean village of Levo, Iraq. (Photo: Catholics and Cultures, Sandrine Alexie) Chaldean Catholics in Iraq are praying that Pope Francis really will be able to visit their…

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The Faravahar: The Ancient Zoroastrian Symbol of Iran

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The Faravahar is arguably the best-known symbol of the Persian Zoroastrian faith. This symbol consists of a winged disc with a man emerging from it. The man is shown holding a ring. Whilst the symbol is well known, the meaning behind it is more complicated. The Faravahar was adopted as a secular symbol to represent…

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Iraq: Hope for Christians whose homes were illegally taken

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In the chaos following the Iraq war, the homes of thousands of Christian families in cities across Iraq were illegally taken and occupied.BAGHDAD: In the chaos following the Iraq war, the homes of thousands of Christian families in cities across Iraq were illegally taken and occupied. There is hope now that these properties will eventually be…

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We want out

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By Fionn Shiner HUNDREDS of thousands of Christians are trying to leave Lebanon after last August’s explosion, raising fears for the future of the Church there. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Father Jad Chlouk, parish priest at Beirut’s Maronite Cathedral of Saint George, said Christians feel…

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Iraq: Hope for Christians whose homes were illegally taken

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Muqtada al Sadr In the chaos following the Iraq war, the homes of thousands of Christian families in cities across Iraq were illegally taken and occupied. There is hope now that these properties will eventually be restored to their rightful owners. Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al Sadr, who has strong representation in the Parliament of…

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Chaldean Patriarch: religions must spread and consolidate peace

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by Louis Raphael Sako*Card Sako sends his good wishes for the New Year with peace in mind. The year 2020 was the year of the coronavirus pandemic, suffering and wars. The year 2021 is tasked with fostering a “culture of non-violence”. The Pope’s visit to Iraq is an opportunity for the country to be a…

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WHAT TRULY MATTERS

 Yusuf Begta?:By way of self-criticism, Bar Hebraeus (1226-1286), warns: “Do not be a fool and assume that whatever you do not know does not exist. For what you do know, pales in comparison to what you do not.”…

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