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  • Iraq Land of Martyrs

    07/17/2007 1:40:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 622+ views
    NCR ^ | July 17, 2007 | FADY NOUN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — Blind fanaticism is reaching unprecedented heights in this capital city, and for the Christians who live here and throughout Iraq it is turning into a nightmare.Persecution against Christians is being unleashed in many cities and neighborhoods where Christians and Muslims coexisted peacefully, if somewhat coldly, some years ago. In fact, the patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq, Archbishop Emmanuel III Delly, called it “open persecution, as in the early centuries of the Church.”In Baghdad, especially in the neighborhood where Christians have their main Church buildings, the structures are being bombed, desecrated and looted, crosses torn down...
  • Iraqi Christians experience 'authentic martyrdom,' Pope Benedict says

    06/21/2007 4:38:33 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies · 292+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 6/21/2007 | Cindy Wooden
    Iraqi Christians experience 'authentic martyrdom,' Pope Benedict saysBy Cindy Wooden6/21/2007Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) – The Christians of Iraq are experiencing an "authentic martyrdom" and must be supported materially and spiritually by the entire Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI said. "Peace, so long implored and awaited, unfortunately is still largely being offended," the pope said in a June 21 speech to representatives of the Catholic communities in the Middle East and to Catholic aid agencies that assist them. In "vast areas" of the Middle East, including Iraq, Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories, "interpersonal and communal relationships" are being...
  • Bishop of Baghdad reproaches West for "silence" in response to violence against Christians in Iraq

    06/12/2007 1:33:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 863+ views
    CNA ^ | June 12, 2007
    Baghdad, Jun 12, 2007 / 10:46 am (CNA).- The Religious Information Service of the Church in Italy reported this week that Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad Shlemon Warduni scolded the United States and Europe for their “silence” in the face of the escalating violence against the Christian minority in Iraq. Bishop Warduni pointed to the recent assassination of a Catholic priest, Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni, and three deacons in northern Iraq, carried out a week ago as they were coming out of a church, and to the kidnapping of Father Hani Abdel Ahad, 33, who has not been heard from since...
  • A Muslim Friend's Letter to Slain Father Ragheed (Tissue Alert!)

    06/07/2007 5:16:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 1,149+ views
    Zenit ^ | June 7, 2007
    ROME, JUNE 6, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of a letter written posthumously to Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni by a Muslim friend of his who is a professor at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Father Ragheed and three deacons were shot and killed in Mosul, Iraq, on Sunday after Mass. * * * In the name of the compassionate and merciful God, Ragheed, my brother, I ask your forgiveness for not being with you when those criminals opened fire against you and your brothers. The bullets that have gone through your pure and innocent body have also gone through...
  • Four Christians abducted yesterday are released in Baghdad

    06/07/2007 1:49:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 517+ views
    AsiaNews ^ | June 7, 2007
    Chaldean clergyman, Father Hani, and one of the five boys accompanying him on a visit to a minor seminar in the capital are still being held but negotiations are underway to free them. Released prisoners are said to be in good conditions. Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Four of five Christian boys abducted yesterday with Chaldean priest Fr Hani Abdel Ahad were released today in good physical conditions. Sources told AsiaNews that the 33-year-old priest and the fifth boy are still in the hands of the kidnappers. All six were on their way to the minor seminar in Suleikh, in one of...
  • Muslim extremists forcibly turn Catholic church into mosque (coincide w/ funeral for slain priest)

    06/06/2007 1:51:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 107 replies · 3,653+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | June 6, 2007
    CNA).- On the same day as Father Ragheed Ganni’s funeral, Muslim fundamentalists sent another message of hatred to Catholics, this time attacking two churches in Iraq. Fr. Ragheed, along with three deacons were killed just this past Sunday after they had finished celebrating Mass. According to the AINA news agency, two churches were attacked in the Baghdad district of Dora.  At St. John the Baptist’s in Hay Al-Athoriyeen, several security guards who protect the church were killed, and St. Jacob’s in Hay al Asya was vandalized and forcibly turned into a mosque.  St. Jacob’s had previously been attacked in October...
  • Chaldean (Catholic) priest kidnapped in Baghdad (the persecution of Christians now escalating)

    06/06/2007 12:46:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 776+ views
    Asia News ^ | June 6, 2007
    Father Hani was taken on his way to the capital’s minor seminar. Five boys were abducted with him. Christians are plunged into a state of gloom. Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Another Chaldean priest was abducted in Baghdad today. Fr Hani Abdel Ahad, in his early 30s, was taken in a north-eastern section of the capital called Suleikh along with five boys who were going with him to visit the city’s minor seminar. The incident has plunged the Christian community in a state of gloom. Some faithful have reacted to terrible news saying that they have “the impression that they are...
  • Hundreds Attend Funeral of Slain Assyrian Priest in North Iraq

    06/06/2007 12:12:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 675+ views
    Christians of Iraq ^ | June 4, 2007
    Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Fr. Ragheed Ganni and three deacons, Deacon Basman Joseph, Deacon Bassam and Deacon Ghassan, one day after they were gunned down in their car as they left the Holy Spirit Church after finishing evening mass (AINA 6-3-2007). The attack on the Christian Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) of Iraq is spiraling out of control and has some observers warning of an impending genocide (AINA 6-4-2007)
  • An “Assyrian ghetto” in the Plains of Niniveh to save Iraq’s Christians?

    06/06/2007 12:06:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 544+ views
    AsiaNews ^ | June 6, 2007
    Politicized groups are pushing for the creation of an “Assyrian region” in the country’s north, on the border with Kurdistan. To this end, they are exploiting the anti-Christian persecution to confirm the urgency of carrying out their plan. A project being called for by those who know little of the situation in Iraq, it may be on the agenda for meetings between Bush and the Vatican. Baghdad (AsiaNews) –Groups of politicized Christians in the United States and Europe are seeking to exploit the tragic religious persecution underway in Iraq to accelerate the creation of an “Assyrian enclave” in the Plains...
  • Ragheed, a “costly sacrifice” so that Iraq may see the dawn of reconciliation, says Pope

    06/04/2007 7:42:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 903+ views
    Asia News ^ | June 4, 2007
    Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni » 06/04/2007 15:19 IRAQ – VATICANRagheed, a “costly sacrifice” so that Iraq may see the dawn of reconciliation, says PopeBenedict XVI expresses his sorrow and “heartfelt” condolences for the death of the Chaldean priest and three subdeacons. AsiaNews remembers a friend who died thinking until the end that peace was possible in his country. Fr Ragheed is a martyr for a free Iraq, witness to an unshakable faith, which bombs and threats could not weaken. Vatican City (AsiaNews) - “Deeply saddened” by yesterday’s “senseless killing of Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni and the subdeacons” in Mosul, the Pope...
  • A Chaldean (Catholic) priest and three deacons killed in Mosul

    06/03/2007 8:35:13 PM PDT · by Coleus · 49 replies · 830+ views
    Asia News ^ | 06.03.07
    A Chaldean priest and three deacons killed in MosulFr Ragheed Ganni, 34, was hit by gunfire in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Three deacons, who served as his aides, were also killed. Baghdad (AsiaNews) – An armed group gunned down and killed Fr Ragheed Ganni and three of his aides. The murder took place right after Sunday mass in front of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Mosul where Father Ragheed was parish priest. Sources told AsiaNews that hours later the bodies were still lying in the street because no one dared retrieve them. Given the...
  • Convent Robbed and Occupied in Iraq

    06/01/2007 6:01:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 276+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 1, 2007
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, JUNE 1, 2007 (Zenit.org).- The convent of the Chaldean Sisters of the Sacred Heart was robbed and occupied by terrorists, reported www.AsiaNews.it. The two women religious living in the Angel Raphael convent told AsiaNews that a group of terrorists broke into the convent while they were away Thursday. Upon the women's return they found everything had been stolen and the convent taken over for military operations. The convent is in the largely Christian Dora quarter of Baghdad, where an anti-Christian campaign of persecution continues. AsiaNews cited anonymous sources who said that Shiite militants are behind the attack. Chaldean...
  • High ransom demanded for Priest kidnapped in Baghdad

    05/21/2007 7:00:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 482+ views
    Asia News ^ | May 21, 2007
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) – “They are asking for a very, very high ransom” Msgr Shlemon Warduni informs AsiaNews of the latest developments regarding the plight of Chaldean Priest, Fr. Nawzat P. Hanna, kidnapped May 19th in Baghdad.  The Chaldean auxiliary bishop in the capital also firmly denies rumours that the parish priest was freed yesterday.   “P. Nawzat is still in the hands of his abductors – refers the worried prelate – we have telephone contact with them, and we have been assured of our priest’s “good health””.  Then, in an open appeal “to the entire world”, Msgr Warduni urges: “Let us...
  • Iraqi (Christians) Add Lenten Sacrifices to Daily Trials

    02/28/2007 6:22:44 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 228+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 28, 2007
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, FEB. 28, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Christians in war-torn Iraq have been asked to add Lenten sacrifices to their daily privations as an offering to God. Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Babylon explained this to the Italian bishops' SIR news agency. "They are renunciations that are added to the privations that we experience daily in Iraq," said Bishop Warduni. Such privations include lack of drinking water, food, medicines and electricity. "It is paradoxical, moreover, that in an oil-rich country such as Iraq there is no gasoline for the population's needs," he added in the interview published Friday by SIR....
  • Iraq's Forgotten Minority

    01/03/2007 5:27:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies · 431+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1/2/07 | Doug Bandow
    It was Christmas in Iraq as well as America, but there were fewer celebrations than in the past. Iraq has become a particularly dangerous place for Christians: it is safer to stay home than attend services, and even better to seek refuge in Kurdish territory or leave Iraq entirely. Washington is filled with talk of new directions in Iraq. President George W. Bush has largely dismissed the Iraq Study Group report and apparently plans on modestly upping U.S. occupation forces. However, a temporary surge isn't likely to have much permanent effect. The future of Iraq almost certainly is in the...
  • Chaldean patriarchate transfers seminary, university to northern Iraq

    01/04/2007 1:41:47 PM PST · by siunevada · 4 replies · 218+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | January 4, 2007 | Carol Glatz
    ROME (CNS) -- Continued violence against Catholic priests and church property in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad has prompted the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Baghdad to move the city's theological university and seminary to northern Iraq. Iraq's only Christian theological university, the Pontifical Babel College for Philosophy and Theology, and the patriarchal major seminary, Simon Peter, were to be transferred to Arbil, said a Jan. 4 report by the Rome-based AsiaNews news agency. The two institutions had been closed for several months because of a lack of security and increasing violence in Baghdad. The seminary's rector and vice rector had...
  • Christians thrown to the lions in Iraq

    12/21/2006 4:10:55 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies · 1,068+ views
    Winnipeg Sun ^ | Decemner 21, 2006 | JOHN GLEESON
    While Canada's self-appointed guardians of Christmas dig up new evidence of persecution -- a tree moved down the hall, a greeting without "merry" dutifully attached -- real persecution against Christians is going on daily and is being largely ignored. Nowhere is the situation as grave as in Iraq. Since the U.S. invasion in 2003, Iraq's one million Assyrian Christians -- the oldest sect in Christendom -- have been the target of a campaign of terror and ethnic cleansing at the hands of Islamic extremists and Kurdish nationalists. Tens of thousands have fled the country for Syria, Jordan or Turkey. This...
  • Radical Muslims attack two churches Iraq: demand catholics post condemnation of pope's words

    09/25/2006 1:20:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 849+ views
    Asia News ^ | September 25, 2006
    Muslim militias have forced Christians to pin up posters condemning the words of Benedict XVI in Regensburg. But religious leaders, including al Sistani, have expressed their friendship with the Apostolic Nunciature. And the representative of the Iraqi Shiite leader would like to meet the pope. Baghdad (AsiaNews) – The start of the month of Ramadan in Iraq was marked by violence but also by significant openness by al Sistani towards the Vatican. Yesterday, two churches, one in Baghdad and another in Mosul, were struck. Recently, the country has seen an escalation of attacks against Christians, thought by some to be...
  • Priest abducted in Baghdad threatened and tortured

    09/13/2006 10:08:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 528+ views
    Asia News ^ | September 13, 2006
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Fr Saad Hanna Sirop, the Chaldean Catholic priest freed Monday evening after 27 days in captivity, “was threatened and tortured”, another Iraqi priest, a fellow student, told AsiaNews. “He is really tired and exhausted. He was threatened and tortured. He’ll be able to talk about his painful and fearful experiences later.”Father Saad was preparing to leave for Rome when he was kidnapped. He was coming to receive his university diploma after he obtained his theology degree three years ago at the Pontifical Urbaniana University.“He is free and now is doing well. This is the only thing that...
  • Iraqi Christians on Edge After Priest's Kidnapping - $1 Million Ransom Demanded

    08/23/2006 4:56:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 848+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | August 23, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, AUG. 23, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Last week's kidnapping at gunpoint of a Chaldean* priest in Baghdad has sent shock waves throughout the Christian community in Iraq. On Aug. 15, the car in which Father Saad Sirop Hanna, 34, was traveling was stopped by three masked gunmen, when he was returning home from celebrating Mass in St. Jacob's Church, in the Baghdad district of Al Dora. With the passing of time, concern grows for his safety, said the charity Aid to the Church in Need. Last Sunday, Benedict XVI expressed his closeness to suffering Iraqi victims and appealed to the...
  • Church gets ransom demand for priest

    08/23/2006 11:13:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 325+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 23, 2006
    THE Catholic Church in Iraq has received a ransom demand for a priest who was kidnapped in Baghdad, Rome-based Catholic news agency Misna said today. "They want money," Misna quoted Emmanuel Delly, the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, as saying.The agency said the kidnappers of the priest, Saad Syrop Hanna, had telephoned the Church to make their demands and had said he was in good health.Last Sunday Pope Benedict issued an appeal for the release of the priest, who was abducted on August 15.The Chaldean Catholic Church is an Eastern Rite church that is in communion with Rome.
  • Chaldean Catholic priest kidnapped in Baghdad

    08/19/2006 5:57:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 374+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | August 18, 2006 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Chaldean Catholic priest was kidnapped in Baghdad, Iraq, just after celebrating Mass Aug. 15 for the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, church leaders said. Masked kidnappers forced Father Saad Sirop Hanna, 34, to stop his car, then they took him away, Vatican Radio reported Aug. 18. Father Hanna works at St. Jacob Parish in Dora, one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods. Father Philip Najim, the Rome-based representative of the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate of Baghdad, confirmed the report. "It is truly a very sad situation because he is a young priest who...
  • Half of all Christians have fled Iraq since 2003, says Baghdad bishop

    08/08/2006 1:49:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,004+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | August 8, 2006 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- Half of all Iraqi Christians have fled their country since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, said the auxiliary bishop of Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Andreos Abouna of Baghdad said that before the invasion there were about 1.2 million Christians in the predominantly Shiite Muslim state. Since then the overall number has dropped to about 600,000, he said. "What we are hearing now is the alarm bell for Christianity in Iraq," the bishop said. "When so many are leaving from a small community like ours, you know that it is dangerous -- dangerous for the future of the...
  • The Forgotten Victims

    07/31/2006 1:51:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 2,934+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | July 30, 2006 | Scott Richert
    In late 1990, in the run-up to the Gulf War, I was a graduate student in political theory at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The coming war occupied much of our talk outside the classroom, and I can recall only one graduate student—a Sicilo-American Republican from Philadelphia who had gone through ROTC and was studying at the law school so he could be a JAG Corps attorney for the Army—who was in favor of the war. I was a subscriber to the American edition of the Italian Catholic magazine 30 Days, and we were all shocked when...
  • Three Italians, Romanian killed in Iraq bomb attack on troops

    04/27/2006 4:53:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 279+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | April 27, 2006
    ROME (AFP) - Three Italian soldiers and a Romanian serving in Iraq have been killed when a bomb ripped through their convoy near Nasiriyah in the south of the country, the Italian defence ministry revealed. The ministry had earlier said that three soldiers had been killed, but a fourth died in hospital shortly after the attack. Leaders across the political spectrum in Italy condemned the attack, which occurred on the eve of the first meeting of parliament following a divisive general election. Outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who had maintained Italian troops in Iraq in the face of strong public...
  • Young Iraqis Helping to Watch Churches (during Holy Week services)

    04/13/2006 7:59:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 435+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 13, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, APRIL 13, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Unarmed young people, along with the police, are keeping watch over Catholic churches in Baghdad during the Easter triduum celebrations. "In this way, we would like to convey a feeling of tranquility and give a sign of peace in this special time of prayer and meditation," Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad told the SIR news agency. "Our youth will help, pointing out people who are not known to the community or suspect vehicles that want to stop in front of the places of worship," he explained. The bishop said that for the...
  • 2 Days of Fasting and Prayer Urged for Iraq

    03/27/2006 4:46:38 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 243+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 27, 2006
    ROME, MARCH 27, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly of Baghdad has proposed April 3-4 as days of fasting and prayer for peace in Iraq. Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni read the patriarch's appeal on Sunday, during a visit to the Italian city of Gallipoli. "We have estranged ourselves from God by our deeds," wrote the patriarch in the message, which was reported by Italian bishops' SIR news service; "we do not obey his will, and we have moved away from piety and virtue, from forgiveness, and because of this the blood of so many brothers has been shed and...
  • Two employees shot to death at El Cajon liquor store (Iraqi immigrant victim)

    03/02/2006 12:44:03 PM PST · by Defiant · 13 replies · 621+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 3/2/2006 | Debbi Farr Baker and Greg Gross
    EL CAJON – Two people working at a liquor store in a Broadway strip mall were shot to death – killed by single shots in the back of the head – inside the store late Wednesday night in what police described as a robbery gone bad. The body of one of the victims in the liquor store shooting is removed Thursday morning. A cousin of one of the victims discovered the man and woman face-down and bleeding inside Granada Liquor, on Broadway near Mollison Avenue, when he arrived at the liquor store to check on them around 11:30 p.m., said...
  • Praying in Jesus' Own Language

    01/22/2006 3:32:48 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 3,195+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 22, 2006 | Monsignor Petrus Yousif
    Interview With Professor of Chaldean Liturgy VATICAN CITY, JAN. 22, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The Chaldean Church, whose patriarch resides in Baghdad, Iraq, takes pride in its ancient liturgy which uses the same language Jesus used. In November, the Chaldean liturgy underwent a reform following a special synod in Rome. To assess the extent of the reform, ZENIT interviewed Monsignor Petrus Yousif, professor of Syro-Chaldean patrology and Chaldean liturgy at the Pontifical Oriental Institute and the Catholic Institute of Paris. He is also the parish priest of France's Chaldean community. In this interview, Monsignor Yousif, consultor of the Special Liturgy Commission for...
  • Iraqi Election Portends a Nightmare, Warns Bishop After Hard-line Muslims Claim Victory

    01/10/2006 5:26:02 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 627+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 10, 2005
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, JAN. 10, 2006 (Zenit.org).- An Iraqi bishop says his faithful were faced with a "nightmare" after hard-line Muslims claimed victory in the country's general elections. Adding his voice to widespread allegations of fraud in the Dec. 15 polling, Auxiliary Bishop Andraos Abouna of Baghdad described how the hopes of the country's Christians were dashed after the elections. Iraqi Christians, victims of random kidnappings, bombings and intimidation, had hoped that the elections would signal the end of instability and halt Iraq's slide into an Islamic theocratic state, the Chaldean prelate told the charity Aid to the Church in Need....
  • Christmas WARS

    12/16/2005 8:43:18 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 659+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | December 16, 2005 | SABRINA ARENA FERRISI
    NOVI, Mich. — They fled Iraq 25 years ago, and the first Christmas they lived in the United States, they set up a Nativity scene on their front lawn. But this year, it wasn’t so easy for the Samona family, who are Chaldean Catholics living in Novi, Mich., outside Detroit. This year, their crèche brought threats of fines from a housing management company that supervises their home in a newly built community. It’s all part of a strong cultural tide assaulting the only religious federal holiday in the United States. To wit: — The city of Boston caused a furor...
  • 10 (Catholic) Deacons Ordained in Basra (Iraq)

    12/07/2005 6:41:31 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 322+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 7, 2005
    BASRA, Iraq, DEC. 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The diaconate ordination of 10 Chaldean Catholics in Basra has given believers hope in the future, says Archbishop Djibrail Kassab. Last Sunday, the archbishop celebrated the closing Mass of the Year of the Eucharist. "We celebrated the feast of the Annunciation according to the Chaldean liturgy," the prelate told AsiaNews. The 10 were ordained on that occasion. "The church was full; we were about 350," the 67-year-old prelate said. "We could read happiness on the faces of the faithful and the new deacons." The Chaldean archbishop continued: "We shall pray for peace and security...
  • Iraqi (President Talibani) Tells Pope: Christians' Rights Will Be Respected

    11/11/2005 6:40:37 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 407+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 10, 2005
    President Talabani Says Benedict XVI Sees Progress in Constitution VATICAN CITY, NOV. 10, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The Iraqi Constitution guarantees the rights and freedom of the nation's Christians, President Jalal Talabani told Benedict XVI. The country's constitution, and the scourge of terrorism, were the main topics of the talks between the Pope and Talabani, who was received in audience today in the Vatican. In statements published by AsiaNews, Talabani later said that the Holy Father referred to the Iraqi Constitution as "progress." For his part, the president said he assured the Pope that the rights and freedom of Iraqi Christians will...
  • Chaldean Synod to Focus on Iraq and Liturgy (Special Synod Called at Vatican)

    11/04/2005 3:49:14 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 264+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 3, 2005
    BAGHDAD, Iraq, NOV. 3. 2005 (Zenit.org).- The future of Iraq's Christians and liturgical reform will be high on the agenda of a special Synod of the Chaldean Church, set to be held Nov. 8-12 at the Vatican. The date was confirmed today for AsiaNews by Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Andraos Abouna of Baghdad. The Chaldean bishops coming from Iraq and elsewhere will meet behind closed doors. Usually the bishops come together once a year; however, the urgency of the Iraqi situation has prompted the holding of a second synod after the one in Iraq at the start of 2005. Father Philip...
  • Life Hard for Iraq’s Catholics ( will constitution protect the rights of the Christian minority?)

    09/10/2005 5:30:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 341+ views
    Natioinal Catholic Register ^ | September 10, 2005 | Greg Watts
    During a brief visit to London, Auxiliary Chaldean Bishop of Baghdad Andreas Abouna talked to Greg Watts about the future for the estimated 800,000 Christians in Iraq. How will the constitution protect the rights of the Christian minority? This is the first time in Iraq that the people have had the opportunity to discuss their future. At the Chaldean synod of bishops in April we spoke about the new constitution and what we wanted from it. The constitution should represent all the people of Iraq and provide for freedom of religion, education and social life and respect for human rights....
  • The importance of understanding Eastern Christianity

    03/29/2005 4:30:35 PM PST · by NYer · 49 replies · 1,176+ views
    University Concourse ^ | October 2000 | Anthony T. Dragani
    For the past several years I have witnessed an ongoing crisis of identity within the Roman Catholic Church, which is evident even on the campus of Franciscan University. Often reduced to the battle between "Conservatives" versus "Progressives" or "Traditionalists" versus "Charismatics," the issues involved are multifaceted and complex. I have tried to make my own contribution to this debate, with varying degrees of success. Now I'd like to address it from a new perspective, i.e. as a kind of outsider, for that is indeed what I have become. I am an Eastern Christian. While gladly submitting to the authority of...
  • Iraqi archbishop says prayer saved him from death during kidnapping

    02/25/2005 10:00:49 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 414+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | February 23, 2005 | John Thavis
    ROME (CNS) -- An Iraqi archbishop kidnapped in January said his abductors were ready to slit his throat at one point, but stopped when the prelate asked to say a prayer. The prayer turned into an extended conversation with one of his captors and may have helped save his life, said Syrian-rite Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa of Mosul. Archbishop Casmoussa revealed details of his ordeal in a testimonial circulated by the International Catholic Union of the Press in mid-February. The archbishop was seized by armed men in mid-January and released unharmed less than 24 hours later, following an appeal from...
  • Iraqi Christians flourished long before Muslims

    01/29/2005 6:45:51 PM PST · by Destro · 18 replies · 792+ views
    palmbeachpost.com ^ | Friday, January 28, 2005 | Steve Gushee
    Iraqi Christians flourished long before Muslims By Steve Gushee Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Friday, January 28, 2005 The kidnapping of a Catholic bishop in Mosul last week is a sad reminder of the once robust but rapidly diminishing Christian community in Iraq. Insurgents abducted Syrian Catholic Archbishop BasileCasmoussa apparently to frighten Iraqi Christians. They wanted to discourage Christians from voting on Sunday, according to Iraqi bishop, Louis Sako of Kirkuk. Both bishops are members of a branch of the Roman Catholic Church and one of several small, eclectic church groups in the country. Christians flourished in Iraq long before...
  • Christians from every denomination meet where Jesus was baptised

    01/28/2005 1:48:53 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 483+ views
    Asia News ^ | January 28, 2005
    Amman (AsiaNews) – About 15,000 Christians from Jordan and the Holy Land came today to the shores of the Jordan River to the spot where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptised. They travelled to the holy site, which is just a few kilometres south-west of the Jordanian capital of Amman, to celebrate the Feat of the Theophany.The high point of the event was a holy mass celebrated at 10 am by Mgr Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, with seven leaders of other Churches with a presence in the Holy Land such as the Melkite, Armenian, Maronite, Chaldean, Coptic...
  • Catholic Bishop Kidnapped in Mosul! (Per WMAL in DC)

    01/17/2005 10:33:57 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 222 replies · 6,167+ views
    WMAL | 1/17/2005 | Pyro7480
    During the bottom-of-the-hour news break, it was announced that a Catholic bishop was kidnapped in Mosul.
  • Christians Flee Genocide As Fear Sweeps Iraq

    01/08/2005 4:12:06 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 1,061+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-8-2004 | Jack Fairweather
    Christians flee genocide as fear sweeps Iraq By Jack Fairweather at St Matthew's Monastery near Mosul (Filed: 08/01/2005) One of the most ancient monasteries in the world, St Matthew's, stands on a barren mountainside in northern Iraq, its last inhabitant a crusty old Syrian Orthodox priest. Nestled between sandstone crags with views of the hills around ancient Nineveh, now called Mosul, it looks like the final redoubt of the Christian world. Seven thousand monks used to worship here; now there is just one, Father Ada Qadr al-Kars. St Matthew's Syrian Orthodox Monastery was founded in the fourth century AD This...
  • Pope to meet with Iraqi prime minister at Vatican

    10/30/2004 7:10:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 285+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 30, 2004
    IRAQ - VATICAN Pope to meet with Iraqi prime minister at Vatican Chaldean Patriarch Delly in visit to Al Sistani in Najaf. Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Pope John Paul II will meet next week with Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi at the Vatican. Msgr Emmanuel Delly, Chaldean Patriarch in Baghdad told AsiaNews that  Mr Allawi will go to the Vatican “next week”. News agencies in Rome, quoting Vatican sources, said the meeting between John Paul II and the Iraqi Prime Minister will be held on the 4th of November.John Paul staunchly opposed the U.S.-led war against Iraq. But he strongly supports...
  • Patriarch of Baghdad: "We must stay in Iraq to build peace"

    10/16/2004 1:53:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 409+ views
    Asia News ^ | October 16, 2004
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) – "Iraq is our country, our homeland: why should we leave, why should we not stay?" Though saddened by this latest episode of violence against Christians, the Catholic Chaldean Patriarch, Monsignor Emmanuel Delly, stresses that terrorism has struck and continues to strike Muslims as well.  Monsignor Delly reaffirms that Christians are firmly resolved to remaining in Iraq and to building, along with their Muslim brothers, a future of peace for their country: "This is our homeland: at the moment, dark clouds are crossing over it, but they will surely pass.  Peace will return to this martyred land."In an interview with AsiaNews,...
  • THE HISTORY OF THE ARAMAIC LANGUAGE

    07/22/2004 1:12:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 2,182+ views
    Journal of Near Eastern Studies ^ | Rocco A. Errico and Michael J. Bazzi
    Aramaic was the language of Semitic peoples throughout the ancient Near East. It was the language of the Assyrians, Chaldeans, Hebrews and Syrians. Aram and Israel had a common ancestry and the Hebrew patriarchs who were of Aramaic origin maintained ties of marriage with the tribes of Aram. The Hebrew patriarchs preserved their Aramaic names and spoke in Aramaic.The term Aramaic is derived from Aram, the fifth son of Shem, the firstborn of Noah. See Gen. 10:22. The descendants of Aram dwelt in the fertile valley, Padan-aram also known as Beth Nahreen.The Aramaic language in Padan-aram remained pure, and in...
  • With Saddam's Capture, "Fear Has Ended" in Iraq

    12/16/2003 3:13:53 PM PST · by ArrogantBustard · 16 replies · 135+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | DEC. 15, 2003 | N/A
    Code: ZE03121507 Date: 2003-12-15 With Saddam's Capture, "Fear Has Ended" in Iraq Chaldean Bishops Voice Hopes for Country's Future BAGHDAD, Iraq, DEC. 15, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Iraqi population was surprised and relieved to learn about the capture of Saddam Hussein, say the country's two Chaldean Catholic bishops. "At last fear is removed -- all the weight we carried on our backs, all the dead and the killings," as well as the "suspicion that there still were spies, that Saddam would reappear," said Bishop Rabban Al-Qas of the Diocese of Amadiyah, according to AsiaNews.it. With the arrest of the former...
  • Louis Sako, Bishop of Kirkuk, Iraq: “I know Who Doesn’t Want Iraq To Be Free”

    11/11/2003 11:43:06 AM PST · by Shermy · 3 replies · 107+ views
    www.chiesa ^ | October 30, 2003 | Sandro Magister
    “They are Arab fighters who have entered Iraq, financed by fundamentalist movements in nearby countries, or maybe even by the governments.” An interview with the rising star of the Chaldean Church __________________ ROMA – In Iraq, the Chaldean Catholic Church has not yet chosen its new patriarch, who will succeed the deceased Raphael I Bidawid (see photo). John Paul II has summoned the Chaldean bishops to Rome December 2-3, to come to an agreement. But in the meantime, important things have been happening at the top levels of some dioceses. Bidawid was hotly contested within his own Church. He was...
  • Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Dies

    07/08/2003 5:31:22 PM PDT · by ArrogantBustard · 5 replies · 109+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2003-07-08 | N/A
    Code: ZE03070803 Date: 2003-07-08 Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Dies Raphael I Bidawid Was Most Representative Catholic Leader in Iraq ROME, JULY 8, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The most representative Catholic and Christian leader in Iraq, His Beatitude Raphael I Bidawid, patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, died in Beirut on Monday. He was 81. Sources of the Baghdad patriarchate said he had been in a Lebanese hospital for months due to an illness. Upon learning the news, John Paul II sent a telegram to the patriarchate to express his sympathy and to manifest his closeness to all the superiors and faithful...
  • Basra Residents See British Control, Without Security

    04/08/2003 2:13:46 PM PDT · by leftiesareloonie · 66 replies · 233+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2003 | Keith B. Richburg
    BASRA, Iraq, April 8 -- From the day the Iraq war began, Abid Hassan Hamoodi, 72, patriarch of one of Basra's most prominent families, gathered everyone into the storeroom of the nine-bedroom family home. Away from the street, he thought, that room was the safest place in the house for the children and grandchildren to sleep. The room turned out to be a death trap.