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“Our churches in Urfa were turned into mosques, storage depots” – Leading Syriac of Turkey

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This summer, representatives from Turkey’s non-Muslim religious communities gathered in Istanbul to sign a joint statement denying any pressure being placed on minority groups in the country. In addition to religious leaders from Greek, Armenian, and Jewish communities, Orhan Çanl?, who is Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Turkey, was among the signatories.…

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Meet the Iraqi Christians Trapped in Immigration Limbo

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Chaldean-Assyrians aren’t safe in their home country. But reuniting with family in a new one feels impossible. Matthew Petti |||MOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS/NewscomMOHAMED AZAKIR/REUTERS/NewscomAMMAN—”Can you believe that I will be the grandson of…

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Rojava authority’s efforts to provide Syriac education met with resistance

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By Rudaw Syrian Christians wave flags of the party during a protest organized by the Syriac Union Party on August 30, 2013 in Qamishli. Photo: Benjamin Hiller | AFP ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The efforts of the Northern Syrian Federation and its allied Syriac and Christian parties and organizations to preserve their language have been…

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Christians in Iraq dwindle and struggle to survive

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The numbers of Christians in Iraq have plummeted and those who claim to help ensure their survival, often don’t even understand what they need. Christians in Iraq are dwindling. Chased out, targeted and caught in the middle of rival sectarian conflicts, the minority religious sect is struggling to survive.…

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Syrian Greek Orthodox Christians gather to celebrate Panagia

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Photos have emerged of hundreds of Syrian Greek Orthodox Christians, gathered in the town of Kafroun to celebrate the Feast of the Virgin Mary on the 15th of August. Kafroun is a Syrian village in the Tartous Governorate, whose inhabitants are predominantly Greek Orthodox Christians.…

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Both Religion and Royalty Reigned in the Assyrian City of Assur

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Known today also as Qal’at Sherqat, the ancient Assyrian city of Assur is located in the Saladin Governorate of modern day Iraq, about 280 km (174 miles) north of the capital, Baghdad. This city was first settled by human beings during the 3 rd millennium BC, and is believed to have been occupied up until…

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Kurdish YPG Unlawfully Closes Aramean and Armenian Schools

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On 28 August 2018, the YPG proxy Sutoro/Syriac Military Council closed four schools in Qamishli, Derik and Darbasiyah (Al-Malikiyah). This comes after the YPG had announced the closure of minority schools earlier this month. However, the people are marching the streets of Qamishli to raise up against the unrecognized YPG government and its cronies.…

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Turkey: St. Peter Church major draw for faith tourism

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Historic cave church, also known as world’s first cathedral, attracts thousands of local, foreign tourists every year By Salim Tas /HATAY, Turkey The historic cave church of St. Peter in southern Turkey — one of the oldest churches in the world — has become a major destination for faith-based tourism.…

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Plans to replace a Catholic school with a mall appalls Iraqis

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Adnan Abu Zeed Facebook/Al-Aqeeda High School for GirlsA group of young girls sit at their desks in a classroom at the Catholic al-Aqeeda High School for Girls, Baghdad, 1970. Baghdad’s small Christian community is up in arms about plans to raze a Catholic school for girls, Al-Aqeeda, which means “faith,” and in its place build…

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Canadian Sikh helps Iraqi Christians and Yezidis

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Geoffrey P. Johnston Geoffrey P. Johnston Tim Uppal meets a girl who survived the genocide perpetrated by ISIS in northern Iraq and is considered an internally displaced person. “I want my father and brothers back,” the girl told Uppal. Her father and brothers were abducted by ISIS and are still missing. (Khalsa Aid northern Iraq…

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