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  • Something YOU can do to help DESPERATE Christians in Iraq

    08/15/2014 1:25:02 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    Augus 15, 2014 | Myself & Robert George
    One Faith - One Lord - One Baptism Do you wish there were ONE thing you could do to rescue Christians who are in the cross-hairs for slaughter by ISIS terrorists in Iraq? Listen: there IS something you can do. I got this appeal from Robert George, one of the most respected Catholics in the field of defending fundamental Human Rights. If you've heard of him, you know how great he is. If you've never heard of him, let me just tell you.. there's nobody I respect more. Please heed his call and sign an online petition. ------from Robert...
  • Islamic State pulls down church crosses in northern Iraq as 200,000 flee

    08/07/2014 9:58:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 7, 2014 | Barney Henderson And Agencies
    Islamic State jihadists who took over large areas of northern Iraq overnight have forced thousands of Christians to flee and occupied churches, removing crosses and destroying manuscripts, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has said. “(The Christians) have fled with nothing but their clothes, some of them on foot, to reach the Kurdistan region,” Patriarch Sako told AFP.
  • ISIL Spearheads Worldwide War On Christians

    07/22/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The fanatical Islamist group torches an 1,800-year-old church built before the founding of Islam and forces the Christian residents of Mosul to convert, pay a tax, leave or face execution. This is what the West faces. 'From Boston to Zanzibar, there's a worldwide war on Christianity," Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said at the Values Voters Summit last October, an annual conservative gathering. The number and intensity of attacks was so great, he said, that it's "almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages." That was an era when the swords of Islam had conquered much...
  • Iraq Catholic Leader Says Islamic State Worse than Genghis Khan

    07/20/2014 7:00:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 7/20/14 | Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either convert, submit to their radical rule and pay a religious levy or face death by the sword. At the Vatican, Pope Francis decried what he said was the persecution of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, while U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the...
  • Nun Expects to Become Target of Radical Islamic Group (ISIS)

    07/19/2014 4:26:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Saturday, Jul 19, 2014 | Omari Fleming
    Imagine being killed because of your religion. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a radical Islamic group, says this will start happening in Iraq by Saturday and the threat is sending shockwaves through the community of more than 50,000 Chaldeans in the San Diego area. At St. Michael Chaldean Church in El Cajon, locals are hoping for peace. Chaldeans visit the church in east San Diego by the thousands to pray for the thousands of victims killed in Iraq and people being persecuted because of their religion. One of the women praying there is Sister Francois. Though she’s...
  • Middle East – Meeting With Pope and Prayer for Peace

    11/16/2013 3:53:59 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | November 15, 2013 | ACN-USA News
    Hopes are high, ahead of the meeting of the Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East with the Pope. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, which is in full communion with Rome, spoke to the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), remarking that he expects much from the meeting. “We are hoping for greater closeness towards our Churches in these difficult times. We need more support from the Holy See, more encouragement and more solidarity.”Patriarch Louis Raphael expressly thanked Pope Francis and his predecessors for being on the side of...
  • As Middle East Christians migrate, Chaldean patriarch offers to merge Churches

    10/19/2013 10:37:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | October 19, 2013
    October 19, 2013. (Romereports.com) Years before turmoil in Egypt and Syria, turmoil swept Iraq, following a U.S.-led invasion that toppled Sadam Hussein. A period of sectarian violence replaced his dictatorship. Suffering became an everyday struggle for the nation's Christians.    LOUIS RAPHAEL I SAKO Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon “Christians normally are educated to live in freedom and peace and where there is no freedom and no peace they leave and they look for a shelter to educate their children and also to live our their faith.”  Numbers for the centuries-old Chaldean Catholic Church explains just how bad things have deteriorated. In...
  • Iraq: Christians celebrate Easter behind high blast walls and tight security cordons

    03/31/2013 2:04:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | March 31, 2013
    Things have gotten worse for the Christians in Iraq as the Muslims there have become "more outwardly pious and politically Islamist," says AP. This is a backhanded admission that Muslim piety leads to greater hostility toward Christians. But if anyone said that straight out, AP would tar him as an "Islamophobe." "Iraqi Catholics celebrate Easter," by Diaa Hadid for the Associated Press, March 31: BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Catholic Christians flocked to churches to celebrate Easter Sunday, praying, singing and rejoicing in the resurrection of Christ behind high blast walls and tight security cordons. It was the first Easter since...
  • Vatican: Chaldean leaders gather for crucial election of new Patriarch

    01/28/2013 3:39:38 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | January 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) The ‘delicate historical moment’ that the ancient Chaldean Church of Babylon is experiencing and the need for unity in its leadership were the chief concerns expressed Monday morning as the Patriarchal Synod opened here in Rome. Emer McCarthy reports: Convoked by Pope Benedict XVI, under the Presidency of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, the Synod has the task of electing a new Patriarch, Pater et Caput of the Chaldean Church, to succeed Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly.Comprised of fifteen men, the bishops come mainly from Iraq, ancestral home of the Chaldean Church, but...
  • Pope approves Chaldean Eparchy in Canada

    06/11/2011 1:43:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | June 11, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI has erected the Chaldean Eparchy of Canada under the title of Mar Addai of the Chaldeans of Toronto and appointed SE Archbishop Hanna Zora first Bishop of the new Eparchy, transferring him from the See of Ahwaz and retaining the title of Archbishop ad personam. “We are very pleased at the news”, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk told Emer McCarthy “we Chaldeans are part of the universal Church. However, at the same time we are a little saddened by the continuing exodus from our land, where the Church has been present since the 5th century. We appeal...
  • History of the Chaldean Church (Iraqi Christians since the time of Christ)

    04/15/2011 4:41:47 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    nineveh.com ^ | 2004 | Wm Warda
    By all accounts the Chaldean church came into existence in 1551 because of a dispute in the Assyrian "Church of the East", the dissidents formed a separate church under the leadership of Yohanna (John) Sulaga, a monk of Rabban Hormizd located 30 miles north of Nineveh. This church was recognized by the Roman Catholic church and was later called Chaldean...The name Chaldean had became fashionable among the Christians since the 12th century AD when some syriac writers such as Basil Bar Shumana came to believe that the city of Urfa known as Urhay in northern Mesopotamia was the ancient sumerian...
  • Iraqi churches cancel Christmas festivities

    12/22/2010 6:42:51 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | December 22, 2010 | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    Iraqi Christians on Wednesday called off Christmas festivities across the country as al-Qaida insurgents threatened more attacks on a beleaguered community still terrified from a bloody siege at a Baghdad church two months earlier. A council representing Christian denominations across Iraq advised its followers to cancel public Christmas celebrations out of concern over new terror attacks and as a show of mourning for the victims of the church siege and other violence.
  • The tragedy of Iraq’s Christians is that it does not interest anyone, Chaldean Catholic says

    11/13/2010 12:48:03 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    Speroforum ^ | November 12, 2010
    Under Saddam Hussein, Christians in Iraq were around a million. Today, more than half have fled, living as refugees in other countries, in particular Syria and Jordan. Those who are left behind feel betrayed and abandoned by the government and the international community, with only one desire, to ... Birmingham – “There is now a real danger that Christians in the Middle East, and in Iraq in particular, of being exterminated, due to both persecution and large-scale emigration,” this according to Dr Joseph Seferta, an Iraqi-born Chaldean Catholic living in Birmingham, Britain, where he is a member of the Commission...
  • Iraq: New Attacks on Christians -- Three Dead, 26 Wounded

    11/10/2010 4:37:08 AM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies
    Archbishop Matokas cries for help to the international community of nations: 'If someone would like to drive us Christians out of the country, then they would succeed. We don't know any more what we should say. Families want to leave. It is horrible!'Bagdad [kath.net/Fides] In Baghdad a new wave of attacks against Christians: On Wednesday in the early morning between 4 and 6AM explosive devices were set off at several Christian homes. The attacks took the lives of at least three people and 26 were wounded, as reported by a representative of the Interior Ministry. Already on Tuesday evening, three...
  • Mass Media Ignore Iraq Christian Emergency

    02/26/2010 9:55:22 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 237+ views
    NCR ^ | February 26, 2010 | Edward Pentin
    An Iraqi soldier stands guard near a campaign billboard of Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 24. The billboard reads "State of Law coalition, the willing of change and construction." (CNS photo/Khalid al-Mousuly, Reuters) The news has escaped much of the mass media but Christian families are leaving the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in their droves to escape a concerted campaign of violence and intimidation. Chaldean Bishop Emil Shimoun Nona has said that Mosul is experiencing a “humanitarian emergency” and that “hundreds of Christian families” left the city Feb. 24 in search of shelter, leaving behind...
  • Successor to a martyred Archbishop - New Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul

    01/24/2010 7:10:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 444+ views
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Sunday, January 24, 2010 | Carlos Antonio Palad
    Successor to a martyred Archbishop Emil Shimoun Nona was consecrated bishop and installed as the new Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul on January 17, 2010. The new Archbishop is 42 years old. He is the successor of the martyred Paulos Faraj Raho, killed by Islamic militants in 2008. More pictures of the consecration and installation rites -- done according to the Chaldean Rite as it now stands -- can be found here.
  • Mosul: Christian merchant killed as "ethnic cleansing" continues (execution-style murders)

    01/13/2010 9:45:18 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 349+ views
    Asia News ^ | January 12, 2010
    A 75-year-old greengrocer is shot dead in front of his house. The abduction of a Christian female student is still shrouded in mystery. A wave of violence that includes attacks against churches, abductions and targeted killings of Christians is trying to force them into a mass exodus. Mosul (AsiaNews) – Mosul's Christian community has been the victim of another targeted killing. Hikmat Sleiman, a 75-year-old greengrocer, was killed yesterday. His death follows a wave of violence against Iraqi Christians that included a number of attacks over the past few weeks against churches and convents as well as abductions and execution-style...
  • Ecumenical agreement between Eastern Catholics, other ‘St. Thomas Christians’

    12/18/2009 11:02:49 AM PST · by NYer · 42 replies · 805+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | December 18, 2009
    The bishops of Kerala-- the home of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church-- have reached an agreement with Syrian Jacobite and Syrian Orthodox leaders to share churches outside Kerala for Sunday Mass and to consider sharing cemeteries and the use of priests at funerals. All four churches trace their origin to the evangelization of St. Thomas the Apostle. Underscoring the agreement’s ramifications beyond India, the Catholic delegation was led by Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity since 2002. Although the sacred liturgy in both the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and...
  • Christians in Basra subdued for holiday

    12/14/2009 4:05:28 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 331+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | December 15, 2009 | By Michael Gisick,
    BASRA, Iraq — The small group of American troops and Iraqi Catholics held hands around a table heaped with dishes of rice, chicken, lamb and pizza. "Our Father," began the archbishop of Basra, the Most Rev. Imad Aziz al-Banna, before continuing the prayer in Aramaic, a version of the ancient language likely spoken by Jesus Christ. In the next room at Basra’s Chaldean Catholic Church, a plastic Christmas tree twinkled amid graying photographs of old patriarchs and a newer shot of Pope Benedict XVI. Several of the Americans said while assembling and decorating the tree that it was likely the...
  • Bishop of Basrah holds Mass for US troops

    11/16/2009 3:17:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 513+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Matthew Jones, USA
    Acting Bishop of Basrah, Imad Al Banna, holds a Catholic Mass at Contingency Operating Base Adder, Nov. 7. Banna also had lunch with troops and civilians and was given a Liberty Bell statuette by the 28th Combat Air Brigade, Pennsylvania National Guard. Photo by Sgt. Matthew Jones, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade. COB ADDER — The acting Bishop of Basrah held Catholic Mass here in honor of the service members and civilians working toward a safer, more secure Iraq, Nov. 7. Bishop Imad Al Banna, a Chaldean priest, spoke Aramaic, an ancient language spoken in Palestine 2,000 years ago and still...
  • TENDENCY FOR PRIESTS IS TOWARD CELIBACY, SAYS EGYPTIAN BISHOP

    10/25/2009 2:48:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 556+ views
    zna ^ | October 23, 2009
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- When priests are given the choice between marriage and celibacy, the tendency is to choose celibacy, at least according to the experience of the bishop of Cairo of the Chaldeans.Bishop Youssef Ibrahim Sarraf said this today in response to a question concerning married priests at a press conference to present the final message of the synod on Africa. The question was asked in light of the announcement this week that Benedict XVI will publish an apostolic constitution that will allow groups of Anglicans seeking communion with the Church to do so through personal ordinariates....
  • The Holy Qurbana of the Chaldean Catholic Church - "Take This, All of You"

    07/25/2009 4:14:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 373+ views
    “This is my body. … this is my blood of the covenant.” (Matthew 26:26-27) As members of the Church, we hold the gift of Jesus in the Holy Qurbana to be the most central act of prayer and worship that we know. The very young are brought to the liturgy of the Qurbana before they can understand its meaning. The very old find comfort and meaning in their lives by deepening their spirituality at the wellspring of the Lord’s banquet. From life’s beginning to its end and all times in between, believers of all ages and walks of life...
  • Baghdad bomb attacks on Christians kill seven, injure several dozen (new wave of bombings)

    07/14/2009 9:47:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 1,109+ views
    cna ^ | July 14, 2009
    Baghdad, Iraq, Jul 14, 2009 / 03:21 am (CNA).- More than 40 people were killed or injured in renewed attacks on Christians in Baghdad on Sunday.Shortly after 7:00 on Sunday evening, a car bomb exploded in front of the gates of St. Mary’s Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad. The explosion occurred just as churchgoers left Mass.Seven were killed and around 30 were injured, with 18 requiring hospital treatment, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reports.Bombs reportedly went off at three other Baghdad churches around 4:30 pm, two of which were St. George’s Church in the Al-Ghadier section and St....
  • Iraqi bishop says bomb explosion came after prayers for peace at Mass

    07/13/2009 1:04:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 578+ views
    cns ^ | July 13, 2009 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) -- Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, Iraq, had just finished celebrating Mass at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and was talking to parishioners in the courtyard. Moments later, while he was in his office, a bomb exploded on the road that runs alongside the church. The July 12 bomb blast was one of six that targeted Christian churches in Baghdad July 11-12; another church was bombed in the northern city of Mosul July 13. Contrasting the Mass with the mayhem that ensued, Bishop Warduni told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview, "We...
  • Hymn by Chaldean Catholic Priest-Martyr in Iraq (Fr. Ragheed Ganni) (Catholic-Orthodox Caucus)

    01/02/2009 11:38:14 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies · 745+ views
    YouTube ^ | 2007 | n/a
    Hear the voice of a Christian Martyr singing a hymn in Arabic to the Blessed Mother, while watching a slideshow of his funeral mass. Hear the angelic voice of Father Ragheed Ganni, a 35 year old Chaldean Catholic Priest killed on Sunday June 3rd, 2007 with three of his deacons right after celebrating mass at Holy Spirit Chaldean Catholic Church in Mosul, Iraq. The car of Father Ragheed and the three deacons was stopped by terrorists shortly after leaving the church. They were forced to get down from the car and asked to declare their conversion to Islam. When the...
  • Iraq: Fleeing Christians face new hardships in Turkey

    11/16/2008 9:26:47 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 9 replies · 1,418+ views
    Compass Direct News ^ | November 14, 2008 | Staff
    ISTANBUL, November 14 (Compass Direct News) – In this Turkish city’s working-class neighborhood of Kurtulus, Arabic can be heard on the streets, signs are printed in the Arabic alphabet and Iraqis congregate in tea shops. In 99-percent Muslim Turkey, most of these Iraqis are not Muslims. And they are not in Turkey by choice. They are Christian refugees who fled their homeland to escape the murderous violence that increasingly has been directed at them. It is hard to tell how many of Mosul’s refugees from the recent wave of attacks have made their way to Istanbul, but finding these residents...
  • Christians On the Run in Iraq

    11/01/2008 6:40:20 AM PDT · by BCW · 9 replies · 378+ views
    Spiegel Online international ^ | 30 OCT 2008 | Peter Wensierski and Bernhard Zand
    In Iraq, the persecution of Christians continues, as murders and a mass exodus contradict Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's promise of security for everyone. Churches are trying to help the refugees, and some may come to Germany -- if the government settles on a plan. The long trip from Mosul to Baghdad traverses a bombed highway along the Tigris River, through a wasteland in central Iraq left behind by five years of war. For Rami Kamil, 43, his wife and their children, the journey was an escape from the growing prospect of being murdered in Mosul. Last Tuesday, at 6 a.m.,...
  • Iraqi archbishop encourages Christian refugees to return home for Christmas

    12/04/2008 12:08:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies · 353+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Rome, Dec 3, 2008
    Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said in an interview with the L’Osservatore Romano this week that the situation in Iraq “is quite good and this means refugees could return to their homes. There are hundreds of empty and abandoned rooms and tents that await the return of Christians...”
  • Gunmen Kill Two Christian Sisters In Iraq's Mosul

    11/12/2008 10:19:24 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 1,097+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | November 12, 2008 | Reuters
    MOSUL (Reuters) -- Gunmen have killed two Christian sisters and wounded their mother in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which has seen thousands of Christians flee their homes because of violence in recent weeks, police said. Some 2,000 families, an estimated 12,000 people, fled Mosul after a campaign of threats and attacks against the Christian community last month, although many have since returned home, the United Nations refugee agency says. In the latest incident, gunmen killed one woman outside her home, then stormed the house, killing her sister and wounding their mother.
  • Iraq's first Christian militia fights Al-Qaeda

    09/10/2008 6:41:30 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 7 replies · 180+ views
    Middle East Online ^ | 2008-09-08 | Staff
    TEL ASQUF - With Kalashnikovs slung over their shoulders, Iraq's first Christian militia enforces one simple rule on the border of this little village. "Anyone not from Tel Asquf, is banned." This village in northern Iraq's flashpoint Nineveh province, frequently targeted by Sunni and Shiite fighters, has now taken security into its own hands with armed patrols and checkpoints at the village's four entrances. The village borders are marked with a sand barrier built by residents in a bid to stop car bombs breaching the perimeter as they did in 2007 when two such attacks within six months rocked the...
  • Terrified Christian Families Flee Iraq's Mosul

    10/11/2008 10:34:54 PM PDT · by truemiester · 4 replies · 860+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2008 | Associated Press
    BAGHDAD — Hundreds of terrified Christian families have fled Mosul to escape extremist attacks that have increased despite months of U.S. and Iraqi military operations to secure the northern Iraqi city, political and religious officials said Saturday. Some 3,000 Christians have fled the city over the past week alone in a "major displacement," said Duraid Mohammed Kashmoula, the governor of northern Iraq's Ninevah province. He said most have left for churches, monasteries and the homes of relatives in nearby Christian villages and towns. "The Christians were subjected to abduction attempts and paid ransom, but now they are subjected to a...
  • Last Safe Haven for Iraqi Christians Taken by Al-Qaeda

    10/14/2008 10:42:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 1,392+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | October 12, 2008 | Deal Hudson
        "Now the last safe haven for Christians is gone," said Canon Andrew White, the vicar of St. George's church in Baghdad. During the past week, twelve Christians have been killed and more than 3,000 have left the city of Mosul, once considered a safe zone for persecuted Iraqi Christians.   Mosul, on the plain of Nineveh in northern Iraq, has long been home to one of the largest remaining Christian communities in the nation. Furthermore, in recent years the city has been a destination for persecuted Christians.   Unfortunately, the safety of Mosul was only relative to...
  • Iraqi refugees leave Lebanon hoping for better life in U.S.

    09/09/2008 1:57:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 235+ views
    CNS ^ | September 8, 2008 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNS) -- Laith Kasshana left Baghdad, Iraq, early in 2007, when his 2-year-old daughter Media was an infant. In Baghdad, Kasshana's life was threatened and his brother was shot. "I felt so afraid," he told Catholic News Service. "Even today, when I talk about Iraq, I feel full of anxiety." But Kasshana, his wife and his two children -- 10-month-old Mathew was born in Lebanon -- left Sept. 7 for resettlement in San Diego. "I just want to start from zero again so that I can give my children a better future," said 34-year-old Kasshana, a Chaldean Catholic....
  • More Iraqi refugees resettled in U.S., but number is still small

    06/05/2008 2:00:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 228+ views
    CNS ^ | June 5, 2008 | Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than 1,000 refugees from Iraq arrived in the United States in May, the most in recent months, bringing the fiscal-year total to 4,742 so far, the State Department reported June 3. But with just four months left in the fiscal year, the administration's objective of resettling 12,000 Iraqis in the U.S. by October is far from being reached, said Anastasia Brown, director of refugee programs for Migration and Refugee Services of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She added that even that goal is an inadequate fraction of the estimated 4.9 million Iraqis who have been...
  • Assyrian bishop explains his journey into communion with the Catholic Church

    06/05/2008 1:51:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 131+ views
    CNA ^ | June 5, 2008
    Bishop Mar Bawai Soro San Jose, CA., Jun 5, 2008 / 03:44 am (CNA).- Last month, Bishop Mar Bawai Soro and nearly 1,000 Assyrian Christian families were received into communion with the Chaldean Catholic Church in California.  Bishop Bawai explained the process to CNA, and expressed his hope that other Assyrian churches will also consider uniting with the Catholic Church.  The Assyrian Church, centered in modern-day Iraq, dates back to the earliest days of Christianity.  Around the fifth century, the Assyrian followers began to embrace the teachings of Nestorius, Archbishop of Constantinople whose doctrines were condemned by the Council...
  • Church opposes Iraq death penalty for archbishop's killer

    05/20/2008 1:08:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 94+ views
    AFP ^ | May 20, 2008
    The Archbishop of Kirkuk, Louis Sako, said on Monday that the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq opposed the death penalty passed by an Iraqi court on the convicted killer of an archbishop in Mosul. "This conviction does not meet Christian values," the cleric told AFP when contacted by telephone. "We are not satisfied with this decision because the church is against the death penalty." Iraqi authorities announced on Sunday that Ahmed Ali Ahmed had been sentenced to death for his involvement in the murder of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. Archbishop Sako said the death...
  • Iraq to execute al Qaeda leader in (Chaldean) bishop murder

    05/19/2008 5:45:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 96+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 18, 2008 | Ross Colvin
    BAGHDAD, May 18 (Reuters) - A leader of al Qaeda in Iraq has been sentenced to death for the killing of Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, whose murder in March drew worldwide condemnation, the Iraqi government said on Sunday. The Iraqi Central Criminal Court imposed the death sentence on Ahmed Ali Ahmed, known as Abu Omar, Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement. Rahho, the archbishop of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, was abducted on Feb. 29 after gunmen attacked his car and killed his driver and two guards....
  • Death penalty over Iraq killing

    05/18/2008 7:20:08 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 16 replies · 138+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/18/08
    A leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq has been sentenced to death for the killing of the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho. The archbishop of the northern city of Mosul was kidnapped in February by gunmen who attacked his car, killing his driver and two bodyguards. His body was found in a shallow grave two weeks later. The Iraqi government said the criminal court had imposed the death sentence on Ahmed Ali Ahmed, known as Abu Omar. The US embassy in Baghdad welcomed the verdict. Who are the Chaldeans? "Reiterating our condolences to the archbishop's family and community, we commend...
  • California Chaldeans receive 3,000 Assyrian Christians into Catholic communion

    05/18/2008 5:16:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 215+ views
    CNA ^ | 5/18/2008
    San Jose, CA., May 18, 2008 / 12:40 pm (CNA).- One week ago today leaders of the Chaldean Catholic Church in California formally received into communion a bishop of the Assyrian Apostolic Church of the East, his clergy, and about 3,000 Assyrian Christians. The Assyrian Church, centered in modern-day Iraq, dates back to the earliest days of Christianity.  According to the California Catholic Daily, the church eventually embraced the teachings of Nestorius, the fifth-century Archbishop of Constantinople whose doctrines were condemned by the Council of Ephesus in 431.  Beginning in the sixteenth century, large numbers of Nestorian Assyrians came...
  • 3000+ come into union with Rome at one time

    05/13/2008 7:30:17 AM PDT · by Balt · 3 replies · 167+ views
    The Priestly Pugilist & Rorate Ceali ^ | 5/12/2008 | Carlos Antonio Palad
    [The following joyful announcement is lifted from the Rorate Ceali blog. --PP] The Chaldean Catholic Diocese of St. Peter and Paul has formally received into its fold, those members of the Assyrian Catholic Apostolic Diocese who, under the leadership of Mar Bawai Soro (pictured above), had asked to be reconciled with the Catholic Church last January 17, 2008. One bishop (Mar Bawai himself), six priests, 30+ deacons and subdeacons and an estimated 3,000 faithful were received into full communion during liturgical celebrations for the Feast of Pentecost. Mar Bawai Soro has long advocated the Primacy of the See of Rome....
  • US religious freedom watchdog mulls blacklisting Iraq

    05/10/2008 4:23:20 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 9 replies · 85+ views
    Ankawa.com ^ | May 3, 2008 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) — A US watchdog on religious freedom on Friday expressed serious concern over violations in strife-torn Iraq and was considering whether to place the ally of Washington on a blacklist with countries such as North Korea and Iran. The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom said in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that it was “seriously concerned” about religious freedom conditions in Iraq, where widespread persecution of Christians has been reported. The 10-member commission last year placed Iraq on its “watchlist” but its members were now divided on whether it should be maintained in...
  • Buona Pascha (B-16 ordains 28 new priests for the Diocese of Rome + 1 Chaldean priest)

    04/27/2008 5:10:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 173+ views
    WITL ^ | April 27, 2008 | Rocco Palmo
    On this Sunday of "Eastern Easter," B16 ordained 29 new priests -- 28 for the diocese of Rome, and one missionary deacon from the College of the Propaganda Fide... from Iraq. Full homily translation to come; in the meantime, the AsiaNews summary: “Where Christ is preached with the power of the Holy Spirit and welcomed with open heart, society becomes a ‘city of Joy’ despite its many problems as the title of a famous book dedicated to Mother Teresa’s work in Kolkata says.” Benedict XVI extended this wish to the new priests and referred to it in his homily...
  • Christian priest killed in Baghdad

    04/05/2008 8:51:50 AM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 155+ views
    AP ^ | AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    BAGHDAD - An Assyrian Orthodox priest was killed in a drive-by shooting Saturday in Baghdad, police and an assistant said, the latest attack against Iraq's Christian minority. The priest, Youssef Adel, was shot by gunmen who drove up in a car and opened fire as he was opening the gate of his house near the St. Peter and Paul church where he presided, an assistant said. Christians have frequently been caught up in the violence or been targeted in this predominantly Muslim country. The body of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, one of Iraq's most senior Chaldean Catholic clerics, was found...
  • Pope: Enough With Slaughters in Iraq

    03/16/2008 7:15:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 74 replies · 1,061+ views
    AP ^ | 3/16/2008 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Benedict XVI leaves a confessional in the St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Thursday, March 13, 2008 after he heard confessions by faithful. (AP Photo/GIUSEPPE GIGLIA, POOL) VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI issued one of his strongest appeals for peace in Iraq on Sunday, days after the body of the kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop was found near the northern city of Mosul.The pope also denounced the 5-year-long Iraq war, saying it had provoked the complete breakup of Iraqi civilian life."Enough with the slaughters. Enough with the violence. Enough with the hatred in Iraq!" Benedict said to...
  • Mosul Christians, angry and desperate (Islamist terrorists plan to run Christians out of Iraq)

    03/14/2008 10:39:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 545+ views
    Asia News ^ | March 14, 2008
    AsiaNews speaks to the faithful about Archbishop Rahho who was found dead yesterday. Fears are growing that the community might cease to exist. Iraqi police blame al-Qaeda for the murder. Islamist terrorists plan to run Christians out of the country. An Iraqi man holds a candle and a portrait of murdered Chaldean archbishop of Mosul Paulos Faraj Rahho during a mass at a church in the Kurdish city of Arbil in northern Iraq. Mourners from across Iraq gathered for the funeral the archbishop whose body was found two weeks after he was kidnapped, as Iraqi Christians expressed fears for their...
  • Chaldean Catholic Faith and Resolve: 'They Will Not Scatter the Chaldean Flock'

    03/13/2008 4:57:19 PM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies · 475+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 3/13/08 | Chaldean Org
    The Chaldean community around the world stand numb and in disbelief as news of Archbishop Bishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul is dead.
  • The archbishop of Mosul is dead

    03/13/2008 6:18:16 AM PDT · by OpusatFR · 26 replies · 673+ views
    AsiaNews.it ^ | 03/13/08
    Mosul (AsiaNews) - The Chaldean archbishop of Mosul is dead. Archbishop Faraj Rahho was kidnapped last February 29 after the Stations of the Cross. His kidnappers have given word of his death, indicating to the mediators where they could recover the body of the 67-year-old prelate. "It is a heavy Cross for our Church, ahead of Easter", Rabban al Qas, bishop of Arbil, tells AsiaNews in response to the news.
  • Chaldean archbishop kidnapped in Iraq found dead: church

    03/13/2008 5:56:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 227 replies · 3,448+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 13, 2008
    A Chaldean Catholic archbishop kidnapped last month in northern Iraq has been found dead, the information service of the Italian Catholic Church said Thursday. The body of Paulos Faraj Rahho, the archbishop of Mosul, was found near the northern city, the Church said, quoting the auxiliary archbishop of Baghdad, Shlemon Warduni. "We recovered his body near Mosul," Warduni said, according to the Church's news agency SIR. "The kidnappers had buried him." Rahho was kidnapped on February 29 in Mosul after a deadly shootout in which three of his companions were killed. Iraqi forces in Mosul had fanned out to search...
  • Kidnappers of Iraqi archbishop may want money - U.S. general fears cleric won't be released alive

    03/06/2008 6:03:38 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 122+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 5, 2008
    TIKRIT, Iraq, March 5 (Reuters) - A top U.S. general in Iraq said on Wednesday he believed the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, kidnapped last week, was being held for ransom, but was not confident he would be freed alive. "No. He could easily be killed, and that would be really unfortunate," said Major-General Mark Hertling, commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq. Paulos Faraj Rahho, was seized last Friday after gunmen attacked his car in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, killing his driver and two guards. Pope Benedict condemned the kidnapping and Iraqi Prime Minister...
  • $ 1.8 million ransom demanded for release of Iraqi archbishop (Messengers of Peace Alert!)

    03/04/2008 6:13:24 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 173+ views
    CNA ^ | March 3, 2008
    Madrid, Mar 3, 2008 / 02:29 pm (CNA).- The Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace) foundation is reporting that the captors of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul are demanding $1.8 million in ransom money to free the Iraqi prelate who was kidnapped last Friday.In comments to Italian Bishops’ news service Servizio Informazione Religiosa (SIR), Bishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said that, "The kidnappers have called more than once asking for ransom." The president and founder of Mensajeros de la Paz, Father Angel Garcia, expressed his hope that the captors would relent and “for humanitarian reasons release the Archbishop...