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Gaza is dangerous territory

ONE year after a war with Israel that turned daily life into a nightmare, a Catholic priest in Gaza said the situation in the besieged Palestinian territory had deteriorated further. “Compared with a year ago, we’re worse off. Although a truce stopped the war, the blockade of Gaza by Israel has grown more intense. This has direct consequences for the ... Read More »

Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

Iraqi Christians

CHRISTIANS in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in north-eastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. “I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and two women) who were captured by the Islamic State in the Khabur region,” Fr Emanuel Youkhana, who ... Read More »

Elderly woman in tears praying Rosary and recalling escape from ISIS

Bishop Oscar Cantu

ONE of Iraq’s Christians chased out of her historic homeland quietly prayed the Rosary as a bishop who travelled halfway around the world to meet her and others displaced celebrated Mass for them. “It’s a journey of encountering God, the poor and the dispossessed,” Bishop Oscar Cantu, who is chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the ... Read More »

Christian refugees want to know ‘can we ever return?’

Refugee woman and child

RETURNING from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide”. “What we, the five patriarchs, saw in Ankawa, Irbil and other cities of Kurdistan, was something indescribable in terms of the violation of human rights and the threat of disappearing ... Read More »

Papal envoy says Iraqi minorities facing genocide and calls for urgent action

Iraqi woman

POPE Francis’ special envoy to Iraq has said Christians and religious minorities in the country are facing genocide and the international community must act quickly to come to their aid. In an interview with the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire Wednesday, Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Iraqis had told him the world must urgently help them and “not wait until they are ... Read More »

Cardinal, patriarch call for international action to liberate Iraq

Iraq demonstrator

POPE Francis’ personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community on August 18, pleading for help to liberate villages controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who has been in Iraq since August 13 at the Pope’s ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians beginning to die in hot, crowded camps, witnesses say

Iraqi Christian woman

IRAQI Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses claimed. Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul before she fled the city in June, said new-born babies, the sick and the elderly in the Ankawa refugee camp on the outskirts of Irbil were dying from diseases, ... Read More »

Pope says it’s important for Christians to stick together

Pope Francis and children

CHRISTIANS are not made in a laboratory, but in a community called the Church, Pope Francis said. At his weekly general audience on June 25, Pope Francis continued his series of audience talks about the Church, telling an estimated 33,000 people that there is no such thing as “do-it-yourself” Christians or “free agents” when it comes to faith. Every Christian, ... Read More »

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