Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Christmas cancelled in Iraq Comments 0

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq has announced it will not hold public Christmas celebrations this year. Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church is one of the largest in Iraq and the diaspora. Cardinal Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, head of the church, said the decision was made “out of respect” for victims; those killed and wounded in Read more

Trump signs new law to help religious minorities Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

US President Donald Trump has signed a new law to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria. The legislation aims particularly to help groups targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. It enables financial and technical assistance for the humanitarian, stabilisation and recovery needs of former Read more

Prince Charles praises persecuted Christians’ inspiring faith Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Prince Charles says Christians from the Middle East have shown “inspiring faith and courage” in the face of oppression and persecution. Making a plea for peace and saying “extremism and division” are not inevitable, Charles said he had been privileged to have met many people “with such inspiring faith and courage” who were battling oppression Read more

Half Iraqi, Syrian Christians have fled their homelands Comments 0

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Iraqi and Syrian Christians have fled their homelands in huge numbers since 2011. About half of them have have left so far, says a report released by Christian advocacy groups Open Doors, Served, and Middle East Concern. Read more Related Posts:Syrians desperate to outrun a brutal regime offensiveReopening much loved war-damaged cathedral a silver liningA Read more

US-Iraq deal sees many Chaldean Christians arrested Comments 0

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Dozens of Chaldean Christians were arrested by federal immigration officials over the weekend in the Detroit metropolitan area. The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who carried out the arrests, said in negotiations with the U.S. Iraq had “agreed to accept” the individuals. ICE said those arrested had criminal convictions, including for murder, rape, assault, Read more

Man who prevented ISIS desecrating Blessed Sacrament now a priest Comments 0

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

A young Iraqi seminarian who risked his life to save the Blessed Sacrament from being desecrated by ISIS during an invasion has returned to the same church as a priest. Martin Baani was 24 when these events unfolded. Rather than leave Iraq with his family, Baani chose to stay and complete his training in Erbil, Read more

Iraqi archbishop caught by US ban on visitors Comments 0

Friday, February 10th, 2017

An Iraqi archbishop has been caught by President Trump’s temporary ban on citizens from several Muslim countries from  traveling to the US. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, was due to visit the US at the invitation of  New Jersey politician, Chris Smith. He intended visiting Washington DC and New York. He was Read more

Freedom from ISIS celebrated with first Mass in years Comments 0

Friday, November 4th, 2016

Freedom from ISIS control was celebrated on Sunday in Qaraqosh with the first mass in two years. Before ISIS took over the area, Qaraqosh was home to the Northern Iraq region’s largest Christian population. The mass was announced with pealing church bells and celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception’s bombed-out shell. The handful Read more

Iraq & Syria: genocide of Christian communities Comments 0

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

A young boy, 10 years old or so, faces the camera. Like many young boys, he is happy to be interviewed. This is war-torn Iraq, however, so he tells of the day ISIS came to his village. He starts to recount, horror after horror, what took place. It is hard to accept that one so Read more

The end of Christianity in the Middle East? Comments 0

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

There was something about Diyaa that his wife’s brothers didn’t like. He was a tyrant, they said, who, after 14 years of marriage, wouldn’t let their sister, Rana, 31, have her own mobile phone. He isolated her from friends and family, guarding her jealously. Although Diyaa and Rana were both from Qaraqosh, the largest Christian Read more