Monthly Archives: November 2008

‘Lost History’ of Christianity unveils Eastern church empire

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Monday, November 24, 2008 University Park, Pa. — Since 2002, Penn State scholar Philip Jenkins has been describing in several books the changes and the faces of global Christianity for the 21st century, with membership growth and ecumenical power shifting to the Christians in Africa, Asia and Latin America. But his newest book, “The…

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Terror Reigns over Mosul’s Christians

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BAGHDAD, Iraq and WASHINGTON, Nov 24, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ — CSI Appeals to Obama and al-Maliki to Save Iraq’s Unarmed Minorities Today, Dr. John Eibner, Executive Director of Christian Solidarity International — USA, urged US President-elect Barack Obama and the Iraqi Prime Minister, Nuri al-Maliki to prevent the extinction of Iraq’s persecuted Christian community…

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In Mosul, a battle for Christians

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Small community has a long history in Iraq, but many wonder what the future can hold here after coming under a spate of violence recently By Gary Marx | Tribune correspondent 11:53 PM CST, November 23, 2008 MOSUL, Iraq — A month after thousands of Christians fled this northern Iraqi city in terror, many of…

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US troops safeguard Iraq’s oldest monastery

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By DENIS D. GRAY With Iraqi Christians a threatened and dwindling minority, U.S. forces are safeguarding a 1,400-year-old monastery _ Iraq’s most ancient _ for a time when peace, reconciliation and archaeological detective work can occur.…

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Iraq has a ‘duty’ to protect Christians

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BAGHDAD, Nov. 20 (UPI) — The Iraqi government has a “duty” to protect its Christian minority population, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told a visiting Italian delegation Thursday. Thousands of members of the Iraqi Christian minority in the northern provinces fled targeted violence from gunmen, notably in Mosul, in October. The United Nations…

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Italian FM urges Iraq protection for Christians

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BAGHDAD (AFP) -– Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini urged the Iraqi government to protect minorities, namely Christians who have suffered a wave of killings, during a surprise visit to Baghdad on Thursday.…

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German States Back Iraqi Refugee Plan

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Großansicht des Bildes mit der Bildunterschrift: EU interior ministers will discuss the refugee plan next week Germany’s state interior ministers have given their backing to German interior minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s plans to accept up to 2,500 Iraqi Christian refugees in the framework of a European Union agreement.…

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Churches tell French EU presidency of concerns about persecution of Christians in Iraq

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– Clive Leviev-Sawyer Representatives of two European church groupings, in a meeting with a senior representative of the French presidency of the European Union, expressed concern about the rights of minorities around the world, especially where Christian minorities are persecuted, and discussed “the dramatic situation of Iraqi Christians whose extinction would signify a major injustice”.…

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Mosul’s Christians make timid return after killings

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A US army patrol stops to talk to members of an Iraqi Christian family in Mosul AFP UNHCR said that some Christians were starting to return. Imad Hanna was among thousands of Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul last month after a wave of killings in the northern city. Now he is back because he cannot…

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U. S. troops stand guard over 1,400-year-old monastery

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Posted By DENIS D. GRAY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS With Iraqi Christians a threatened and dwindling minority, U. S. forces are safeguarding a 1,400- year-old monastery — Iraq’s most ancient — for a time when peace, reconciliation and archeological detective work can occur.…

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COVER STORY ARTICLE | “‘To stay is to be killed'” November

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Stalked Over 2 million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries. Victims of organized militant groups, most are traumatized into never going back—but where do they go from here? | Mindy Belz Associated Press/Photo by Joachim Ladefoged/VII ALEPPO and DAMASCUS, Syria—Thousands of Iraqi Christians have found threats…

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Mosul, where Iraq’s insurgency still rages

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MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) — The ear-deafening blasts of car bombs targetting US or Iraqi security force patrols shatter the calm daily in Mosul, the northern city which military commanders say is the last urban bastion of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.…

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Italian FM urges Iraq protection for Christians

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BAGHDAD (AFP) — Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini urged the Iraqi government to protect minorities, namely Christians who have suffered a wave of killings, during a surprise visit to Baghdad on Thursday.…

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Iraqi refugees sing with voice of hope

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ISTANBUL – Recent violence targeting an indigenous Catholic community in Iraq has led thousands to find refuge in Turkey, not even a generation after being uprooted by Ba’athists. Nearly 500 parents and children gather in Istanbul this week to sing and rejoice with a visiting church group from Texas…

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Mosul Christians Reluctant to Return

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Community worries about continued threats despite stepped up security and financial aid. By Hisham Mohammed Ali in Sulaimaniyah (ICR No. 276, 20-Nov-08) Christians from Mosul are hesitant about returning home despite cash offerings and pledges of stronger security in and around the volatile northern city.…

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Iraqi Christians flee violence from Islamic terrorists

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Allie Martin – One ministry is supporting Christians living in and fleeing Mosul, Iraq. Recently, two Christian sisters were killed in Mosul by Islamic terrorists simply because they were Christians. The violent act comes as more than 200 displaced Christian families from Mosul started to return to their houses after more Iraqi troops were deployed…

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Former Iraqi adviser to Post: Religious extremism is top threat to minorities

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By BRENDA GAZZAR Iraqis gather inside damaged St. Matthew Church in Baghdad following 2004 car bomb attack. Photo: AP Religious extremism is the biggest threat facing minorities in Iraq today and could ultimately see the war-torn country emptied of these populations, a former adviser to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.…

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