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Is there a militant resurgence in Indonesia, the largest Muslim-majority nation?

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THE latest church bombings in Indonesia show the same trademark of fear that gripped the country almost a generation ago, and now once again threatens Christians, many of whom are from the ethnic Chinese minority, and make up about nine per cent of Indonesia’s 260 million people. Wind the clock back to Christmas Eve 2000. Orchestrated attacks on churches in ... 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 »

Brisbane’s newest Iraqi refugee intake have started school after years of terror

student refugees

WELCOME. A powerful, single word translated into Arabic and accompanied by smiles, is uniting Brisbane’s Catholics and newly-arrived humanitarian refugees from the strife-torn Middle East. Forty Christian families are now settling in at Bracken Ridge in Brisbane’s north and in Logan, with enthusiastic support of parishioners and local Catholic schools. Their safe arrival in Brisbane is a story of courage, ... Read More »

Syrian children risk becoming ‘lost generation’, Vatican official says

Syrian girl

WITHOUT family, a legal identity and adequate education, children uprooted by the ongoing violence in Syria and the Middle East “are at risk of becoming a lost generation”, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva Archbishop Silvano Tomasi says. The archbishop noted that “children suffer the brutal consequences” of war and called for a “comprehensive ... Read More »

Vatican security always on high alert, chief says after IS threats

Domenico Giani

THE head of Vatican security said Islamic State militants have threatened the Vatican, but there are no indications of any planned attack. The Vatican gendarmes, Swiss Guards and the Italian state police that patrolled the perimeter of Vatican City State were always on high alert, the commander of the gendarme and the pope’s chief bodyguard Domenico Giani said. “There are ... 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 »

‘Islamic State’ begins executing seized Christians

Syria evacuation

TERRORIST group Islamic State has started killing hostages seized after it took Assyrian Christian villages in Syria’s Hassake governorate, with reports that about 15 are dead. In a message sent to Catholic agencies working in the region, including Aid to the Church in Need, Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana passed on news of the executions from a contact in Hassake city, and said the ... Read More »

Terror escalates for Syria’s Christians

Displaced Syrian girl

FEARS are growing for the safety of more than 100 people taken captive on Tuesday (February 24) as the extremist group Islamic State seized Christian villages in Hassake governorate, north-east Syria. Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, who works in support of persecuted Christians in the region, received a telephone update on the situation from a contact in Hassake city about midnight on Tuesday. Fr Youkhana relayed ... Read More »

Islamic State captures Christian communities in Syria

Syrian refugees

FORCES of Islamic State have attacked Christian Assyrian villages in north-eastern Syria, in the region of Khabour in the Hassake governorate. Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, who heads a Christian aid program (CIPNA) in Dohuk, Iraq, told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that he spoke by telephone to a prelate in Hassake city, where about 400 families had ... Read More »

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