Life’s Perception in the Syriac Culture

Yusuf Begta?: From the get-go, I want to stress that when trying to understand the feelings of dear Syriac masters / malfones, connoisseurs of word and pen, healers of the soul who tried to describe the meaning of life and truth through the magical associations of words and aspired to salve our spiritual wounds with their creations, I Continue reading

Christians celebrate coexistence in the Kurdistan Region

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SORAN, Kurdistan Region  — Christian villagers and clergy members in Erbil’s Soran district have told Rudaw of religious coexistence in the area.”I have never experienced anyone interfering in my job. It is a special duty to hold our prayer ceremonies and our Muslim brothers sometimes help us out,”  said Yatron Yonan, the bishop of Soran. Continue reading

Christmas Unites a Divided Iraq

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Priests lead a Christmas Day mass at Mar Hanna church in Qaraqosh on December 25, 2016 in Mosul, Iraq.
Seventeen years since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the fractious Iraqi nation—divided Continue reading

Papal visit expected to change Iraqi Christians’ future

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Pope Francis begins his four-day visit to Iraq on March 4
A man waits for customers inside his fabric shop in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah in the Dhi Qar province, on December 20, 2020. A year of economic agony ends for the pandemic-hit and oil-reliant Iraq, which is scheduled to receive visiting Pope Francis in Continue reading

Syria: Journalist Hussain Khattab assassinated

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Syria is still one of the most dangerous places for journalists, who continue to be targeted with murder and harassment while performing their journalistic work. On 12 December 2020, masked gunmen on a motorbike shot the journalist Hussain Khattab, also known as Kara Al-Safrani, hitting him with several bullets, one of which landed in Continue reading

Bleak Christmas for Iraqi refugees stuck in Jordan

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Ameel Saeed’s children sit by a small Christmas tree at the home in Jordan. (Photo: AFP/Khalil Mazraawi)AMMAN: Saad Polus Qiryaqoz bitterly remembers the festive Christmas season in his Iraqi hometown of Bartella before he was forced to flee to neighbouring Jordan when extremists took it over. Continue reading

A Mass for you

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Bishop Antoine Chahda, the Syrian Catholic of Aleppo signs the agreement

By John Newton and Sebastian Moll ON the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ordination, a Syrian archbishop will offer Mass for all supporters of a Catholic charity which has provided aid since the start of the country’s civil war. Continue reading