Monthly Archives: January 2016

Open Doors USA: Islamic Jihadism Driving Force of Christian Persecution

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By Todd Beamon The main driver of Christian persecution worldwide is Islamic extremism, David Curry, president of Open Doors USA, told Newsmax TV on Wednesday. “Nine out of the top 10 countries have a factor of Islamic extremism,” Curry told “Newsmax Prime” host J.D. Hayworth. Curry was referring to the organization’s new watch list of…

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ensions soar between Syrian Kurds and Christians

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Kurds blame the government for fanning distrust, while Christians worry Kurds could be abusing their power in Syria’s northeast The northeastern Syrian town of Qamishli has traditionally been home to Kurds and Muslim and Christian Arabs (MEE / Wladimir Van Wilgenburg)…

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Pope appoints Syriac bishop for Canada

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By Robert Frank The prospect that Canada’s Syrian population could balloon by more than 50,000 a year prompted Pope Francis to appoint Beirut native Rev. Antoine Nassif to serve as the country’s first Syriac (Syrian Roman Catholic) bishop, Jan. 7.…

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Clash between Al-Sotoro and Asayish in Al-Qameshly

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January 12, 2016 Comments Off on Clash between Al-Sotoro and Asayish in Al-Qameshly The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights were informed by several reliable sources that a fighter from the Protection Office Forces “Al-Sotoro” was killed after an attempt by…

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Iraq: Chaldean Christians prepare for ‘fast of Nineveh’

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Patriarch Luis Raphael I Chaldean Christians, in accordance with its liturgical tradition, are preparing to observe the ‘Fast of Nineveh’, preceding the three weeks of Lent. For three days, from Monday, January 18, the Chaldeans follow this spiritual practice, abstaining from food and drinks from midnight until noon the next day, avoiding to eat foods…

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229 Killed, 131 Wounded in Iraq Attacks

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by Margaret Griffis, Leaders from the Turkmen minority group accused the Kurdish Regional Government of using the Islamic State crisis to further its own nationalistic goals. A trench currently being dug through hundreds of miles of Iraqi territory is meant to strengthen territorial claims, say the Turkmen. The Kurds say it is their right to…

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Bishops’ Middle East tour highlights plight of Iraqi refugees

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harry-farley Harry Farley Bishops on a solidarity tour of the Middle East will highlight the suffering of Iraqi Christians today as they travel the region to raise awareness of “forgotten Christians”. Reuters Many displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from ISIS militants in Mosul, remain within Iraq…

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Little Yazidi girl, 7, speaks of ISIS brow-beating

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By Bill Devlin – Koran recitations, physical torture retold in U.N. refugee camp A Yazidi mom and her little girl, 7, retell the horror tales at the hands of ISIS “teachers.” Sitting in a U.N. refugee tent in a camp filled with 18,000 refugees, my stomach turns and my eyes are wet, listening to yet…

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Abandoning Christians in the Middle East

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Obama laments their plight but does nothing to help The Silence of the Christians Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times more By Abraham H. Miller – – Thursday, January 7, 2016 Twelve years ago there were a million Christians in Iraq, now reduced to about a quarter of that number. The plight of Christians throughout…

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Is Mindanao another Iraq?

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By Marta Petrosillo and Clare Creegan CHRISTIANS in the Philippine island of Mindanao are suffering “exactly the same” violence and intimidation as in Iraq, according to a long-serving missionary in the country. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Father Sebastiano…

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Chaldean Catholic Church grows in California

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Its numbers on the rise as Iraqi Christians emigrate to the United States, the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter the Apostle– an Eastern Catholic diocese whose territory includes 19 states– now has ten parishes and two missions in California alone, according to the magazine of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.…

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Government Bodies in Iran Convert Church to a Hussainia

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Assyrians representative in Parliament: sectarian discrimination and legal restrictions on minorities Government bodies in the Iranian capital Tehran seized a Church of the Assyrian minority in the country, under the pretext of building a Shiite shrine. The representative of the Assyrian community in Parliament, Jonathan Bet-Kelia, described the incident as…

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