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Iraqi Christian Village Empty after Turkish Airstrikes

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Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  A report by Rudaw shared that the Christian village of Sheranish is left abandoned because of Turkish airstrikes in the area over the past several months. Some residents have suffered displacement before, further adding to the pain of yet again having to leave their homes. Residents say that Turkey…

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MECC, ACT Alliance and WCC in a Joint Statement: On the lapse of a month after the Beirut blast disaster, the World Council of Churches (WCC), ACT Alliance and the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) presented their condolences to all Lebanese people who lost their loved ones in the catastrophic explosion that ripped through…

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Beirut: We will not abandon you

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By John Pontifex A LEADING Catholic charity is preparing a second wave of help for Beirut amid growing fears that last month’s explosion could spark an exodus of Christians from Lebanon.…

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Iranian-Armenian Christian Finally Released on Bail

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Iran (International Christian Concern) – An Iranian-Armenian Christian house church leader, Joseph Shahbazian, was finally released on a slightly reduced bail nearly two months after his detainment. The authorities had requested a bail amount of 3 billion tomans, the highest on record for an imprisoned Christian, but the family was only able…

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Hopes fade for Iraqi Christians as Islamic State regroups

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Ancient Christian minority faces bleak chance of reclaiming ancestral landsBen Joseph A boy looks out from a tent at the Kurdish-run al-Hol camp in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria, where families of Islamic State foreign fighters are held. (Photo: AFP)…

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HUMILITY According to Syriac Culture “He who recognizes his impotence reaches the heights of humility.”

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Mor Ishok of Nineveh (613-700) In Akkadian, if ‘mak?ku’ derives from <mag?gu, it means to ‘widen’, ‘spread’, ‘grow’, ‘continue’, ‘stretch out’.If ‘Maka?u’ is accepted as the continuation of the word <maga?u’, it reflects the meanings of ‘siege’, ‘surround’, ‘enfold’, ‘enclose’ and ‘protection’. In Akkadian, the consonant ‘k’ can take the form of…

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NORTH IRAQ | WCA partnered with USAID in rebuilding community center in Bartella

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Dear sir/madam, In Nov. 2019, the World Council of Arameans (Syriacs) joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in supporting the reconstruction of a community center in the largely Aramean (Syriac) town of Bartella in the Nineveh Plain, North Iraq. Due to COVID19, this critically important project experienced a delay, but it is expected…

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The Middle East Council of Churches Calls the Churches of the World and Its Partners To Support the Devastated City of Beirut and its Distressed People

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Following the horrendous explosion that hit Beirut devastating the capital and plunging its people “into darkness, blood and pain”, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) issued a statement addressed to the churches of the world and to its partners, calling them to support the devastated Lebanese capital and its distressed people.…

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