Adoremus – Pray for Christians denied the Sacraments

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By John Newton
PRAYER and action for Christians persecuted for their faith will be central to a leading Catholic charity’s contribution to Adoremus this weekend (7th-9th September).
Aid to the Church in Need will call on all those taking part in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress to “Go to Mass for someone who can’t” – as an act of Continue reading

Time for an era of respect and openness in Iraq: Cardinal Sako

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By Hiwa Jamal
It’s time for a new era in Iraqi politics, one where Iraqis count on each other and not outsiders, says Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of the Chaldean church who was elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis at the Vatican in June.
After 15 years of sectarianism, corruption, and accumulation of disasters that led to the Continue reading

“Our churches in Urfa were turned into mosques, storage depots” – Leading Syriac of Turkey

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This summer, representatives from Turkey’s non-Muslim religious communities gathered in Istanbul to sign a joint statement denying any pressure being placed on minority groups in the country. In addition to religious leaders from Greek, Armenian, and Jewish communities, Orhan Çanl?, who is Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church of Turkey, was among the signatories. Continue reading

Christians in Iraq dwindle and struggle to survive

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The numbers of Christians in Iraq have plummeted and those who claim to help ensure their survival, often don’t even understand what they need.
Christians in Iraq are dwindling. Chased out, targeted and caught in the middle of rival sectarian conflicts, the minority religious sect is struggling to survive. Continue reading