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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 »

New leader

By Peter Bugden BRISBANE man Rany Nona is delighted his brother, exiled from his diocese in Iraq because of Islamic State militants, will be coming to Sydney soon to lead the Chaldean Catholics of Australia and New Zealand. Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona, Bishop of the Chaldean Diocese of St Thomas the Apostle of Australia and New ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 15, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 15, 2015 Yesterday Pope Francis canonised Sri Lanka’s first saint, St Joseph Vaz, reminded the country about Mary’s forgiveness during a visit to a Marian shrine, and made a quick visit to the local Buddhist temple.  Indian priests in England save a 19th century church that was ... Read More »

The Catholic Loop | January 12, 2015

The Catholic Loop – Today’s news headlines for the busy Catholic | January 12, 2015 Pope Francis compared God’s Word to “a mother’s nourishing milk” in a baptism homily for 33 babies. France is in “a state of shock” but Paris Cardinal André Vingt-Trois urged the French to respond with “moderation, temperance and control”. Christian Mosul refugees are grateful to be alive in ... Read More »

Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Iraqi Christian child

A CATHOLIC official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians who are sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants. Syriac Catholic Father Noor Alqasmosa, who is charged with helping the refugees, told Catholic News Service the funding situation was desperate, as the chances for many to restart a ... Read More »

Iraqi who fled with his family longs to get to ‘a place that’s safe’

Iraqi family

NAFEE Abd Almaseeh and his wife Trazia Marzina spend their days hoping for resettlement. They want help to get to “a place that’s safe”, Mr Almaseeh said. In June, he and his family left Qaraqosh, Iraq, with just their clothes and passports. Before the Islamic State group bombed their home, the militants cut water and electricity for 15 days. The ... Read More »

Chaldean patriarch urges moderate Muslims to challenge extremist acts

Patriarch Louis Sako

CHALDEAN Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad implored moderate Muslims to reject “terrorism in the name of religion” and step up to challenge the actions of Islamic State militants against minority communities in Iraq. During an international conference of Muslim and Christian leaders, Patriarch Sako called the situation in Iraq an “unprecedented historic crisis” and called on Muslims in attendance ... Read More »

Chaldean Catholics in Brisbane have different view of Iraqis returning to homes

Iraqi Christians

CHALDEAN Catholics and former Iraqis living in Brisbane, Asaad and Sahar Jarjees, dispute reports that Christians were returning to Alqosh in their homeland because it was safe to do so. Assyrian International News Agency reported on September 16 that more than 75 per cent of Alqosh’s residents had returned to the town after having fled from Islamic State militants on ... Read More »

‘It pierced my heart like a knife’, nun says after visit to Iraqis

Statue of Mary at Irbil camp

PROVINCIAL leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Lebanon and Syria Sister Marie Claude Naddaf is shaken by what she witnessed visiting Irbil, Iraq. Representing the Union of the Superior Generals of women religious in Lebanon, Sr Naddaf accompanied Catholic Near East Welfare Association on its September 2-5 mission to the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq. ... Read More »

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