Fatwa issued against Christmas

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‘Also includes a prohibition against the New Year’s celebration’
A ministry that works in support of persecuted Christians worldwide reports it had joyful news this holiday season: the government’s cabinet in Iraq declared Christmas a national holiday this year. Continue reading

The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

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An Iraqi Syriac Catholic priest leads Christmas morning mass at the Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah Syriac Catholic Church, which was damaged and defaced during its occupation by Islamic State (IS) group fighters, in the predominantly Iraqi Christian town of Qaraqosh, in Niniveh province some 30 kilometres from Mosul, on Dec. 25, 2018. Continue reading

A New Year’s Day Showdown: Will Thousands of Christians and Kurds Be Caught in the Crossfire of Turkey, Iran and Russia?

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Chris Mitchell
JERUSALEM – President Trump’s December 19th announcement to pull US troops out of northern Syria sent the Middle East into a tailspin. Suddenly major regional powers Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Syrian regime scrambled to seize the initiative and fill whatever vacuum America left in its wake. But in the center of this geo-political scrum Continue reading

Vatican Secretary of State Celebrates Christmas in Baghdad

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By CINDY WOODEN
Christians and Muslims in Iraq are called by the same God to rebuild a nation where peace, harmony and justice reign, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, during a Christmas visit to Baghdad.
Cardinal Parolin was scheduled to be in Iraq Dec. 24-28; he celebrated Christmas Continue reading

Christmas Day Declared a National Holiday in Iraq

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Nathan Glover
Christmas Day Declared a National Holiday in Iraq Pope Francis sent his trusted aide to Baghdad. The Iraqi administration has declared Christmas day, December 25, to be a national holiday in the country. The Cabinet has given the event nationwide recognition among all religions and not simply the Christians which were earlier the norm. The Continue reading