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Australia picked to help rebuild shattered Christian town Qaraqosh

Benjamin Blanchard

CHRISTIANS rebuilding their homes in devastated Qaraqosh could soon receive financial support from Australians concerned about the diminishing presence of Christianity in Iraq. Benjamin Blanchard, the founder of a non-government organisation helping persecuted Christians living in the Middle East, SOS Chretiens d’Orient, will visit Australia later this month with the hope of raising $150,000 to help rebuild Qaraqosh. Mr Blanchard ... Read More »

Baghdad-born priest kidnapped and tortured by Islamic extremists says Australia is ‘the promise land’ for Iraqi Christian refugees

Fr Douglas Bazi

AN Iraqi-born priest who was kidnapped and tortured by Islamic extremists for nine days says Australia is seen as “the promise land” for thousands of Christians still suffering from genocide in the Middle East. Bagdhad-born Fr Douglas Bazi of the Chaldean Catholic Church told The Catholic Leader that Australia was leading the way in welcoming thousands of Christians forced to ... Read More »

‘This is no way for a child to grow up’: Catholic teacher talks of heartbreaking mission in Iraq

Ora Duffley with a child in northern Iraq

BRISBANE Catholic teacher Ora Duffley has returned from a confronting few weeks on mission helping Christian refugees in northern Iraq. Miss Duffley set off before Easter to join the French Catholic mission SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, working hand in hand with local people and parishes on the ground. Even though she was well-read on the ongoing war against ISIS, she said ... Read More »

Ora’s heart goes out to refugees in war-torn country

BRISBANE teacher Ora Duffley is putting her faith in God as she prepares for a volunteer mission to help refugees in northern Iraq. “I have prayed about this a lot. It’s a bit of a scary thing to go but I really trust in God. Being a single woman, I’m able to do this and have really felt a calling ... Read More »

Iraqi Archbishop sees signs of new life in Syriac refugee families who moved to Australia to escape the Christian genocide

MOSUL’S former archbishop has named Australia one of the best countries for Iraqi refugees to build a new life amidst continued efforts by Islamic State to force a Christian “genocide” in their homeland. Archbishop Georges Casmoussa, an episcopal leader of the Syriac Catholic Church born in Iraq and based in Lebanon, said Australia was the first choice for many refugees ... Read More »

Iraqi Christians living in Brisbane who made a mass exodus from Qaraqosh rejoice at liberation of their region

iraqi liberation

BRISBANE’S Iraqi Christian refugees have joined worldwide celebrations as US-backed Iraqi forces regain towns and cities across northern Iraq, driving out Islamic State militants. Prayers, feasting and dancing accompanied news that Iraqi troops had taken back Qaraqosh, the mainly Christian town about 20km south-east of Mosul. “We are very excited, very happy,” said Kareem Patros, from the Parish of St ... Read More »

Northside parish welcomes newly arrived Syrian and Iraqi families to dinner

Welcome Dinner project

GOOD food, good will and a good idea formed the perfect recipe for bringing together a group of families from Iraq and Syria and people from their new communities on Brisbane’s northside. Those who accepted the invitation to a special night at the SANDBAG (Sandgate and Bracken Ridge Action Group) centre on August 9 provided the food and good will, ... Read More »

Iraqi refugees welcomed to Darra by Archbishop and school community

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge has used a pastoral visit to Darra to welcome newly-arrived Iraqi refugee families. Two families driven from their war-torn homeland have spent the past two years in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, and have been reunited with relatives already living in Brisbane. “Last week we had two couples arrive with their children at our school, ... Read More »

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