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Iraqi bishop visiting Brisbane calls for fighting between ‘big powers’ to stop

MOSUL’S leader of Syriac Catholics has asked “the big powers” in the United States and Iran to let the Iraqi people live in dignity, as tensions escalate over the combating countries. Archbishop Youhanna Boutros Moshe is leader of the Syriac Catholic Archeparchy of Mosul, in northern Iraq, located about 90km from the Erbil US military base that was struck by ... Read More »

Catholics pray for peace as Iran launches ‘tens’ of missiles at two United States air bases in Iraq

ESCALATING tensions between Iran and the United States have led to a missile bombardment across the Iraqi border, striking two US airbases at Al Asad and Erbil. It is as yet unknown if there have been any casualties. Iranian state television confirmed the launch of “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed responsibility for the attack ... Read More »

Shamiran Merkhaal fled Christian persecution in Iraq and discovered her dream here in Australia

WHEN Shamiran Merkhaal and her family fled Iraq because of persecution of their Christian faith, she could barely speak English.  Ten years later, Ms Merkhaal now teaches disadvantaged students in Melbourne’s western suburbs. “I’ve been teaching for 11 months. It’s still new. I still have my bad days and my good days,” Ms Merkhaal said.  “I never thought I’d be ... Read More »

Brisbane priest witnesses the Church and people of Iraq rebuilding after ISIS devastated their country

BRISBANE priest Fr Gerry Hefferan has visited some of the towns devastated by ISIS in the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq and been struck by the “incredible resilience” of families rebuilding their lives there. “I remember the courage and perseverance of returning families and their hospitality,” Fr Hefferan told parishioners at the Parish of St Joseph and St Anthony, Bracken ... Read More »

Medical couple studying in Australia returning home to run Iraq’s first and only Catholic hospital

Iraqi medical students with Archbishop Mark Coleridge

AN Iraqi medical couple studying in Australia are preparing to return to their war-torn homeland to operate a new and unique Church-run hospital. Dr Saveen Oghana and Ban Isaqi, a dentist, have spent the past year studying master’s degrees at ACU’s Brisbane campus – equipping them with health administration skills needed to run a new Catholic hospital in Erbil in ... Read More »

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