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Australian Melkite bishop makes plea on behalf of people of Syria

Syrian refugees

By Peter Bugden A LEADER of Melkite Catholics in Australia has urged the Church to pressure Western governments to help solve the crisis in Syria and Iraq at its source. Bishop Robert Rabbat, leader of the Melkite eparchy of Australia and New Zealand, said Islamic State militants were “getting money and weapons from somewhere” and governments of the West should ... Read More »

Papal trip to Iraq

POPE Francis is planning to make a trip to war-torn Iraq, but the journey is still in planning stages. “It is Pope Francis’ intention to go to Iraq and I believe, without a doubt, he will do so, although I cannot foresee the opportune moment now because everyone understands that this is still a very problematic time for the country,” ... Read More »

Fighting back

CATHOLICS in Iraq are defying Daesh (Islamic State), not with weapons or violence but with education and learning – and Australian Catholic University is standing with them. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, was a guest at the International Federation of Catholic Universities 25th General Assembly in Melbourne earlier this month where he sought help from delegates. ... Read More »

Church agencies give displaced Iraqis fuel, heaters for winter

Displaced Iraqi Yezidi children

BLANKETS, metal heaters and canisters of kerosene provided by Catholic Relief Services and Caritas filled a parking lot in the Sharia collective in Iraq for collection by their new owners – Yezidis displaced by Islamic State militants in search of badly needed provisions to combat the cold. Thousands of Iraq’s religious minorities were displaced by Islamic State militants last year. ... 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 »

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 »

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