Monthly Archives: September 2015

Pope Francis urges Congress to embrace migrants

By: Associated Press 5:18 AM, Sep 24, 2015 10 mins ago WASHINGTON — Standing before Congress, Pope Francis issued a ringing call to action on behalf of immigrants Thursday, urging lawmakers to embrace “the stranger in our midst” as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting of the legislators.  Referencing the…

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Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad: reform of the Constitution, to protect rights and religious freedom in Iraq

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Msgr. Warduni said that “the Charter” should “clarify individual rights and freedoms.” At the moment there is little chance of change and pessimism prevails. In recent days, the Patriarch had addressed Parliament for the amendment of a controversial law limiting the rights of Christians. The bishops believes this is a battle for “all” citizens and…

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Discovery of last Persian bishop’s tomb to help church unity

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Chaldean Metropolitan Mar Abraham represents a common heritage of India’s Christian community Jeemon Jacob, Thiruvananthapuram The recent discovery of the tomb of the last Persian bishop to serve the Christian community in southern India could help different churches in India work more closely,…

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Pope discusses religious liberty, climate change at White House

  By: Associated Press 7:53 AM, Sep 23, 2015 36 mins ago   WASHINGTON – Pope Francis encouraged U.S. bishops to continue to defend religious liberty in America in a message that will be welcomed by conservatives fighting for conscience exemptions on gay marriage and the Obama administration’s health care mandate. Speaking from the South…

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Mayor urges all forces to liberate his Christian town from ISIS

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By RUDAW Mayor of Telkef Basim Balo speaking to Rudaw TV. ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The mayor of the Christian town of Telkef believes that there aren’t serious intentions for the liberation of his town from the Islamic State (ISIS), saying that the fate of his area should not be tied with Mosul operations.…

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Addressing the worldwide crisis of religious freedom

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Photo by: Susan Walsh Pope Francis greets people as he is escorted by President Barack Obama after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. The Pope is spending three days in Washington before heading to New York and Philadelphia. This is the Pope’s first visit to the United States. (AP…

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Helping Iraqi Christian refugees who can’t leave Iraq

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In this video interview, Dr Mike Bassous, who oversees Bible Society work in Lebanon and Iraq, discusses the difficult situation of Iraqi Christian refugees. Many of them, who are now sheltering in Iraqi Kurdistan after being forced from their homes by ISIS, will never be able to leave Iraq to seek better lives elsewhere. The…

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Pope sends greetings, prayers to newly elected Assyrian patriarch

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By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis expressed his joy and “prayerful solidarity” to the new head of the Assyrian Church of the East, 73-year-old Catholicos Gewargis III. The former metropolitan of Iraq, Jordan and Russian was elected patriarch Sept. 18 by…

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John KerrySyrian RefugeesChaldeansMark Arabo By Miriam Raftery September 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the U.S. will raise its cap on refugees from the current level of 70,000 to accept 85,000 next year and 100,000 in 2017. The news comes in response to a…

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Michigan agencies react to refugee, migration crisis

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By Eric Czarnik Jumhoria Kaskorkis, from the Chaldean Community Foundation in Sterling Heights, helps a man with his green card. (Photo by Donna Agusti) [click to enlarge] Program manager Sharon Hannawa, center, helps a man with some paperwork at the…

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Three Belgian bishops on solidarity mission in Northern Iraq

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Three Belgian priests, Bishop Guy Harpigny (Tournai), Bishop Jozef De Kesel (Bruges), and Bishop Léon Lemmens, the Auxiliary Bishop for the vicariate of Flemish Brabant and Mechelen, will travel to Northern Iraq from September 17th-21st. They will be received as guests by the Chaldean Catholic Church, the Belgian Bishops’…

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Iraq sees exodus of minorities

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People in Berlin hold crosses during a rally organized by Iraqi Christians living in Germany denouncing what they say is repression by the Islamic State against Christians living in Iraq, Aug. 17, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Thomas Peter) Media outlets are broadcasting the departure of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and Iraqis from their countries toward…

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Iraqi Christians take shelter in Jordan

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Security & Diplomacy The number of Iraqi Christians who have arrived in Jordan since mid-August has gone up to 350, according to Caritas, the NGO affiliated with the Catholic church. Fleeing persecution by the Islamic State group, Jordan has quietly agreed to shelter…

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ESHOO WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL ENVOY FOR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES

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Dear Community Leaders, Friends, and Colleagues, Breaking News; It is with my great pleasure to inform you that the effort of US Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and former US Congressman Frank Wolf to urge President Obama to appoint Special Envoy For Religious Minorities has become a reality. The relentless advocacy…

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We want solutions, not guns – a Syrian bishop speaks out

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Vatican City, Sep 16, 2015 / 03:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Outside entities who drive the Syrian war – either through the selling of arms or their own political and strategic interests – must stop, and the country should look inside itself to resolve the conflict. These are the words of the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo,…

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