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Iraqi Christians fear returning home, wary of Shiite militia

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Fay Abuelgasim ASSOCIATED PRESS In this Jan. 18, 2019 photo, a man prays at Mart Shmony Church, an Orthodox church in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella, Iraq. Two years after it was liberated from Islamic State militants, only a fraction of Christian residents have returned to Bartella. Many…

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Modern martyrs intercede for peace, Christian unity

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By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The martyrs of different Christian churches throughout the Middle East are together in heaven, interceding for peace in the region and enjoying the unity for which all Christians on earth must strive, Pope Francis said.…

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Chaldean patriarch: reforming rites and traditions to meet to the challenges of modernity

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Card Sako joins the debate on the renewal of the Eastern Churches, some of which want to “stubbornly” hold onto the dictates of the past. It is necessary to change, whilst maintaining “originality and authenticity” and facing anew the “missionary” challenge. Persecutions have generated “closed ethnic” communities. Addressing “current” needs and problems is a must.…

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Israel Shouldn’t Get Its Hopes Up about Iraq

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In 2018, multiple delegations of prominent Iraqis—including both Shiites and Sunnis—made sub-rosa visits to Israel; some Iraqi parliamentarians were apparently among them. News of the visits, which only became public a few weeks ago, sparked outrage in Iraq, and the speaker of the country’s parliament called for a formal investigation to identify and punish any…

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Pope Francis seeks dialogue on first trip to UAE

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On a three-day visit, Pope Francis will promote a dialogue based on tolerance and peace with the Muslim world. Barbara Bibboby Barbara Bibbo On Tuesday, Pope Francis will deliver a mass at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi [Andrew Medichini/Reuters]…

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Iraqi cardinal calls for end to persecution of Christians in the Middle East

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Before Pope Francis’s visit to the UAE, Cardinal Louis Sako tells The National that Iraqis must reconcile Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans and head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, speaks during the inauguration of a Chaldean Catholic pastoral centre in Iraq’s northern multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk on January 2, 2019.…

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Syrian Arab fighters battle Daesh for revenge

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By AFP – A member of Syria’s Arab Shaytat tribe, who has joined a Kurdish-led alliance fighting Daesh in northern Syria, walks past the debris of a bombed vehicle in the Syrian village of Baghouz, on Sunday (AFP photo) BAGHUZ, Syria — Near the front line in eastern Syria, Amer Khalifa plays with a sword…

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“I think God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president, and that’s why he’s there,” Sanders told CBN’s David Brody and Jennifer Wishon, according to a transcript of the interview provided by CBN.…

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