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‘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 »

For some Iraqi Christians, returning to homeland is not an option

Displaced Iraqi Christians

UPROOTED from his home in Iraq by the advance of Islamic State fighters, Nouree sees no future for Christians in his country. “It’s like a nightmare,” the Chaldean Catholic father of six told Catholic News from a modest apartment in Beirut where he and his family have temporarily resettled after fleeing Iraq. “They just came and took our villages,” Nouree ... Read More »

Iraq’s persecuted Christians are true, bold witnesses of Christ, Pope says

Pope Francis

IRAQI Christians are true and courageous witnesses of Christ’s message of hope, forgiveness and love, Pope Francis said. “The Church suffers with you and is proud of you, proud to have children like you,” he said on September 3, in a greeting to Arabic-speaking pilgrims, especially those from Iraq. The Pope spoke in Italian, with Arabic translation, at the end ... Read More »

Iraqi Christian woman details how militants kidnapped her three-year-old

Iraqi parents

AN Iraqi Christian woman has described how her three-year-old daughter was abducted by Islamist terrorists. Christina Khider Abada was seated beside her mother Ayda Abada on a bus when captors from the Islamic State snatched her and took her away. According to an account by the mother, who followed her daughter off the bus, the crying child was passed from ... Read More »

Church people comment on Australia’s military involvement in Iraq

Volunteer Iraqi Shiite militia

By Paul Dobbyn BRISBANE archdiocese’s Deacon Gary Stone is watching Australia’s deepening military involvement in northern Iraq with concern and frustration yet he knows the lives of innocent people must be protected. As an infantry lieutenant colonel, he commanded an Australian Army peacekeeping contingent on the Iran-Iraq border in 1989-90. In 2003, Deacon Stone warned in a story in The ... Read More »

Middle East patriarchs call for international effort to end attacks on Christians

Patriarchs meet in Iraq

CATHOLIC and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. The patriarchs met on Wednesday, August 27, at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They were later joined by the United Nations’ ... Read More »

Christian refugees want to know ‘can we ever return?’

Refugee woman and child

RETURNING from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide”. “What we, the five patriarchs, saw in Ankawa, Irbil and other cities of Kurdistan, was something indescribable in terms of the violation of human rights and the threat of disappearing ... Read More »

Papal envoy says Iraqi minorities facing genocide and calls for urgent action

Iraqi woman

POPE Francis’ special envoy to Iraq has said Christians and religious minorities in the country are facing genocide and the international community must act quickly to come to their aid. In an interview with the Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire Wednesday, Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Iraqis had told him the world must urgently help them and “not wait until they are ... Read More »

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