Monthly Archives: July 2009

letter to the Honorable Nuri al-Maliki

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Date: 2009-07-16 No;081 The Honorable Nuri al-Maliki Prime Minister Federal Republic of Iraq Baghdad, Iraq Dear Prime Minister al-Maliki, I am in great distress over the latest attacks perpetrated against our churches in Iraq. This contemptible action is clearly ethnocide and is intended to intimidate and…

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Iraq mourns victims of church attacks

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Amidst intense denunciations to the new wave of violence targeting Christian religious sites, dozens of mourners held a funeral procession in Baghdad for two victims who were killed in a car bomb attack that targeted Virgin Mary Church two days ago. Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, an assistant to the head of the Catholic Chaldean…

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Shameful attacks

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Iraqis’ list of woes is too long, sadly, to allow for more to be added, yet the recent tensions between the Muslim majority and the Christian minority came to lengthen it, adding a new dimension to the religious problems in the country.…

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Assyrian Medical Society ~ Turkey Mission Release

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By: Helen Talia, Chicago www.helentalia.com A friend from Iraq writes, “there is nothing here but dust, gravel, and concrete walls. All over, life is wasted.” He asked me to send pictures of foliage ~ trees, grass, plants, flowers, you name it! He went on to say, “I am well aware that I still exist, but…

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Pope prays for persecutors of Christians

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In a message to Cardinal Delly, the pope gave assurances of his prayers and solidarity with the Christian communities in Iraq affected by deadly bomb attacks on churches. The Patriach called for a “spirit of tolerance.” Benedict XVI has expressed his spiritual closeness to Baghdad’s Christian community…

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Christian churches in Iraq hit in bombing spree

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A series of bombing attacks on Christians churches in Iraq has left at least 4 people dead and dozens wounded, and rekindled fears of a concerted assault on the Christian minority after the departure of American troops. In the capital city of Baghdad, 7 churches– Chaldean Catholic and Orthodox– were the targets of car bombings.…

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Iraq boosts security in Christian areas after attacks

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By Prashant Rao AFP – Ahmad al-Rubaye* (Larger image) BAGHDAD – Iraqi authorities ramped up security in Christian areas of Baghdad and Mosul on Monday after deadly bombings that dismayed church leaders and prompted an appeal for peace from the pope.…

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Chicago Receives Khabour.com

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On Sunday, July 5th, 2009, the Assyrian community in Chicago hosted Khabour.com to commemorate its second annual anniversary since the inception of its website. History and Forecast Khabour.com stands for community, humanity, and academy, serving the Assyrian…

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Iraqi Christians need better protection, UN envoy says after deadly bombings

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Gates locked outside a Christian church in Basra, Iraq, in this undated photo 13 July 2009 – The top United Nations envoy to Iraq today called for a redoubling of efforts to protect the country’s Christians, as well as its other minority communities, following a series of “orchestrated” bombings over the weekend that hit several…

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Pope condemns church attacks in Iraq (Extra)

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Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI condemned the latest attacks against Christians in Iraq and urged the country’s authorities to increase efforts to ‘promote peace’ between the various religious communities, the Vatican’s newspaper reported Monday.…

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Iraqi bishop says bomb explosion came after prayers for peace at Mass

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) — Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, Iraq, had just finished celebrating Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and was talking to parishioners in the courtyard. Moments later, while he was in his office, a bomb exploded on the road that runs alongside the church.…

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Bomb Explodes Near US Iraq Ambassador’s Convoy

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By VOA News A bomb exploded Sunday in Iraq near a convoy of vehicles transporting U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill. No one was injured in the attack. The bombing occurred in Dhi Qar province in southern Iraq. The newspaper, “USA…

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Iraq beefs up security after attacks on Christians

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi authorities have imposed vehicle bans in two mostly Christian towns and are increasing security around churches in Baghdad after attacks there that targeted the Christian minority. The measures follow a series of bombings in or near churches that killed at least four…

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Churches bombed in Baghdad in largest assault against Christians

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Soldier cleans debris from bombed church in Baghdad 5 churches were bombed around Baghdad that killed four people and injured another 12 on Sunday, indicating the potential renewal of Christian persecution in Iraq just days after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities. The New York Times reported that the bombings on Sunday, “appeared…

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