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  • Iraqi Refugee Children Make First Communion in Erbil Camp

    05/28/2016 11:12:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/28/16 | Elise Harris
    Erbil, Iraq, May 28, 2016 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in Erbil, providing a silver lining to an otherwise bleak situation. Out of the 5,500 people living in Erbils Aishty 2 camp for the displaced, the majority more than 2,000 are children. Of these, 470 will make their First Communion in the coming weeks. The number of children receiving the sacrament is up from last years class, which numbered about 400. Since this years number of recipients is so...
  • SEAL Dies Defending Christian Town in Iraq

    05/04/2016 5:56:57 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies
    GlennBeck.com ^ | May 3, 2016 | Lori
    Reports surfaced Tuesday that ISIS had attacked the Christian city of Tel Askuf in Iraq. An intense firefight ensued involving local Kurdish Peshmerga troops and training forces from the Sons of Liberty International (SOLI), a group founded and run by Matthew Van Dyke. Unfortunately, one Navy SEAL gave his life defending the Christian city. His name has yet to be released. Jason Butrill, head researcher for The Glenn Beck Program and a former member of counterintelligence with U.S. Special Forces, received communication from Van Dykes team as the fighting went down. This area that has been attacked is the Christian...
  • Burning of Christian Books in Mosul

    03/14/2016 5:01:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/14/16
    Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The jihadists of the Islamic State (Daesh) have released via the internet a short video documenting the burning of Christian books in the area of Mosul. The images show a militant jihadist who throws in flames books and dossiers that have crucifixes on the cover. The video, launched under the title "The Diwan (office) for Education destroys books regarding Christian Education in Mosul", was released on the net at the end of last week through the application Android jihadist Amaq News, with the intent to promptly disseminate all the news that concerns operations and terrorist attacks...
  • U.S. Christian Groups Support Muslim Refugees, Ignore Persecuted Christians

    01/05/2016 4:53:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 4, 2016 | Raymond Ibrahim
    U.S. Christian Groups Support Muslim Refugees, Ignore Persecuted Christians If this is how influential Christian groups behave, is there any wonder at the Obama administration's pro-Muslim, anti-Christian biases? January 4, 2016 Raymond Ibrahim Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom CenterAccording to recently released figures from the State Dept., the United States has let in a miniscule number of Christian refugees from Syria -- only 34 -- during the four years since the Islamic State began its campaign of mass slaughter. Put differently, although Christians amount for 10 percent of Syria's population--and so should at...
  • Collaborative Effort Helps Iraqi Christians Resettle in Eastern Europe

    12/19/2015 2:34:46 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 19, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The United States and other nations won't take them because they do not have refugee status. The people among whom they have taken refuge won't grant them residency privileges. And nearby countries, where some have gone, won't allow them to work.If anyone was ever in a no-man's land, it's the 125,000 or so internally displaced Iraqi Christians in northern Iraq.As the United States prepares to welcome potentially tens of thousands of refugees from Syria's Civil War, and debate continues over whether the vetting is good enough to weed out jihadists, an international human rights lawyer says it's important to...
  • Love in the Ruins of Mosul

    12/11/2015 2:11:56 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 11, 2015 | MATTHEW BECKLO
    The world was horrified after a video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya was released by ISIS in early 2015. But for the people of Mosul, the brutality of the ISIS regime had become a daily reality when the terrorist group took over the Iraqi city months earlier. Christians living in Mosul faced a grim choice: they could convert to Islam, pay a crushing fine or leave the city within 24 hours. If they didn’t leave, they were summarily executed. (As Kirsten Powers notes in USA Today, it's only gotten worse from there - in fact,...
  • Glenn Beck, Johnnie Moore Evacuate 149 Iraqi Christian Refugees to Slovakia (EXCLUSIVE)

    12/11/2015 1:30:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/11/2015 | Kevin Porter
    One hundred and forty-nine Iraqi Christian refugees rested easier Thursday night after escaping the murderous grip of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, thanks to the coordinated evacuation efforts led by media personality Glenn Beck and faith leader Johnnie Moore. The refugees did not face treacherous ocean waters in an unsafe vessel or resort to the dangers of illegal smugglers in order to make their escape. Instead evacuees were whisked to safety in the security and comfort of a privately chartered Airbus that carried them from their home in IS-ridden Nineveh Plains, a region in northeast Iraq...
  • Flashback--Archbishop of Mosul: ‘I Lost My Diocese to Islam…You in The West Will Become...

    11/16/2015 6:26:08 PM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/16/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    The Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, who lost his diocese to the Islamic State last year and is now in exile in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan), warned that the suffering in Iraq was only a prelude of what European and Western Christians will “suffer in the near future,” and stressed that the West is endangering itself by welcoming “an ever-growing number of Muslims.”He also emphasized that while the West says “all men are equal,” Islam “does not say that all men are equal,” and “their values” are not our values."Our sufferings today are the prelude of those that you, Europeans and...
  • Iraqi Lawmakers Reject Bill that Would Permit Reconversion of Christian Children

    11/04/2015 5:58:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    In a 131-57 vote, Iraq's parliament has rejected a bill that would have permitted children of Christian converts to Islam to become Christians again, according to an AsiaNews report. Under Iraqi law, if one parent converts to Islam, all of the children automatically become Muslim. The bill would have permitted Christian children in this situation to reconvert to Christianity at the age of 18, as was once permitted in Iraq and still is permitted in the autonomous region of Kurdistan.
  • Cause of Faithful Killed in Baghdad Cathedral to Open in 2016'

    09/02/2015 6:22:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/2/15 | George Martin
    Forty-eight Catholics were killed in Our Lady of Salvation cathedral in 2010The victims of the 2010 attack on a Catholic cathedral in Baghdad will be put forward for beatification in 2016, a Church leader has said. Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said he planned to launch the Cause of the 48 victims next year. According to AsiaNews, he made the announcement at the beatification of Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki in Harissa, Lebanon, on Saturday. The attack, which took place October 31, 2010, led to the deaths of 48 Catholics at the Our Lady of Salvation Syriac Chaldean Catholic Cathedral. Among...
  • Urgent Prayers Needed right now for the missionaries in Iraq

    08/26/2015 8:06:23 PM PDT · by Chong · 24 replies
    Urgent email from our Pastor | Aug 26, 2015 | Dr. Becky Peters
    We just received this email forwarded from our pastor. (I left out the detailed contact info of the originator on purpose.) Please join us in prayers for all involved. From: XXXXXXXX Sent: 8/26/2015 1:21:36 P.M. Central Daylight Time Subj: Urgent prayer request from Pastor Cori Here is an opportunity to pray for brothers and sisters who are strong in the LORD and willing to go the distance for Him. We just received this in an email from the Missions Office at First Baptist Atlanta. Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson. Missionaries who are in the areas that are being...
  • San Diego Resident Running 'Underground Railroad' to Help Iraqi Refugees Fleeing ISIS

    08/24/2015 1:53:58 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | 8/24 | Samantha Tatro
    More than 60,000 Chaldeans live in El Cajon, the largest concentration in the U.S. outside of Detroit. A San Diego-area nonprofit running an "underground railroad" is trying to save "as many people as possible" from turmoil in Iraq by finding them refuge in Southern California, and it has tens of thousands of Christian Iraqis on its waiting list. Mark Arabo, a first generation Iraqi-American born and raised east of San Diego, founded the Minority Humanitarian Foundation (MHF) in 2014 after he grew tired of waiting for a response from Washington officials to the crisis created by Islamic State militants,...
  • Will Fate of Iraqi Jews Soon Befall Other Minorities?

    08/19/2015 6:39:24 PM PDT · by SJackson · 3 replies
    Forward ^ | August 19, 2015 | Emma Sky
    n 2003, I served as the U.S. Coalition official responsible for administering the province of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. At the time, I was struck by how the different communities intermarried, spoke each others languages, and loved each others cultures. In an attempt to defuse tensions emerging from the struggle for power after the overthrow of Saddams regime, I organized a cultural event at the Kirkuk museum. For one evening, many of the artifacts that had been looted from the museum and that were being kept in peoples homes were put back on display. Groups put on traditional performances. The...
  • Churches in the West Trying to Throw Lifeline to Iraqi and Syrian Christians

    08/18/2015 3:11:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 17, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Sister Diana Momeka encounters stories like this on a daily basis. A mother came to her the other day, desperate for answers. She couldn't get her four-year-old son to eat. He couldn't sleep at night. His bones ached constantly. And the medicine he was taking was no help. In ways, the boy is a metaphor for the larger Christian community in Iraq100,000-plus souls still wondering what will happen to them, more than a year after an Islamist movement forced them from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. Once industrious, hard-working, proud homeowners, the sons and daughters of a millennia-old Christian...
  • The expulsion of Baghdads Jews and the unraveling of the Middle East

    08/03/2015 11:16:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/02/2015 | JONATHAN SPYER
    Some 60 years later, in Baghdad the Jews are a ghostly memory. A FEW hours in the Shorja open market in Baghdad can teach you a lot – about the Middle East’s past, its present and its apparent future. What’s to be found there is informative. What is absent – equally so. My fixer Yusuf hadn’t wanted to take me to Shorja. I was in Baghdad for a reporting project on the Shi’ite militias. Between heading for Anbar with Kata’ib Hezbollah and up to Baiji with the Badr Corps, we had a few hours of down time in Baghdad, so...
  • The Faithful of Australia Work to Open a Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    07/24/2015 6:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/23/15 | LOsservatore Romano
    Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East. In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better...
  • "ISIS Is Growing," Says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch in Iraq

    07/24/2015 6:23:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/24/15 | Vatican Radio
    Baghdad prelate calls for serious action against Islamic terrorists, seeks to ease suffering of familiesVATICAN CITY The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael Sako, says he is personally very worried about his nations future and warns that the so-called Islamic State, ISIS, is growing in strength and influence each day and nowadays the militant group is like a real state. In a recent gesture of solidarity, the Iraqi Patriarch donated food and medical supplies to displaced Muslims living in a refugee camp near the city of Ramadi. Accompanied by other members of the Church and representatives of Caritas Iraq,...
  • 4 killed as ISIS destroys another Mosul church

    07/07/2015 2:20:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 7/7/15
    The Islamic State, or ISIS, has blown up on Monday an historic Christian church in Mosul known as the Mother of Aid. Saeed Mamuzini, media officer of the Mosul branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party(PDK), told Rudaw the jihadists also killed four children who were near the church at the time of its destruction. Mamuzin said the church was located in central of Mosul dates back to thousands of years. Mosul fell in early June after the rapid capitulation by the Iraqi military, whose members reportedly abandoned their posts as the jihadists advanced. After one year of controlling Mosul, the...
  • Claiming There Is Simply No Strategic Approach, Obama Blocks Military Aid To the Kurds.

    07/05/2015 8:31:36 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 32 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | July 5, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    An unnamed senior Gulf official told The Telegraph There is simply no strategic approach, that western powers have a lack of coordination in selecting targets, and there is no overall plan for defeating ISIL. Americas Middle East allies are getting frustrated that Western leaders, Obama and David Cameron, arent showing leadership in the fight against ISIS. Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Gulf states are upset that they are being blocked by the USaka State Departmentfrom attacking legitimate military targets. The coalition members believe that team Obama does not have clear purpose for conducting a war against ISIS. The Arab countries...
  • Life and Death in Iraq (Christians and Yezidis)

    07/02/2015 11:24:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Good News ^ | 29 Jun 15 | Jeff Gardner
    By Jeff Gardner -Last August, Joseph received the news he had feared for weeks: The armies of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had invaded the region of Sinjar in western Iraq, the place where he and tens of thousands of Yezidis had lived for centuries. When Joseph got word that ISIS fighters were headed towards his home village of Tillqasab, he panicked — although he had left years ago, his elderly father still lived in the village. Arriving at the outskirts of town, Joseph realized that he was too late — Tillqasab had already fallen...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Iraqi Christians have lost everything except their faith, nun tells Congress

    05/16/2015 4:20:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | May 13, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Sister Diana Momeka, OP appeared before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington D.C. on May 13, 2015. Credit: Matt Hadro/CNA. Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13. The faith of homeless Iraqi Christians is “increasing more and more,” Sister Diana Momeka, O.P., told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Many of the displaced lived in...
  • US Denies Visa to Only Christian Set to Testify Before Congress on Persecution (Yazidis approved)

    05/01/2015 2:12:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A multi-ethnic, interdenominational delegation from Iraq is expected to visit Washington to plead the case of religious minorities being persecuted by the Islamic State group.But because the visa for an Iraqi nun was denied, there will be no Christian in the group. Unless the US State Department changes its mind, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, who has worked among the internally displaced persons in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil since tens of thousands of Christians were forced to take refuge there last summer, will be sitting out the mid-Maytrip. She was invited to join the delegation, which will be testifying...
  • DID THE U.S. DENY A VISA TO AN IRAQI NUN FOR FEAR SHE MIGHT SEEK SANCTUARY?

    05/01/2015 3:09:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    American Prowler ^ | Emily Zanotti
    Before I started this piece, I did a quick Google search using the term "ISIS Killing Christians" in order to help demonstrate a point that the Obama Administration, while licking the boots of Iranians and gleefully ignoring the forward march of radical Islamists across Iraq and Syria in order to concentrate on easier topics, has turned a blind eye to the murder of hundreds, if not thousands, of Christians in ISIS-controlled areas. My search, which focused on news stories, turned up over 2.2 million results. Just this week ISIS executed 30 Christians in Ethiopia and 21 in Egypt. ISIS has...
  • Urgent Prayers for Christians in Iraq

    04/16/2015 7:03:00 PM PDT · by MNDude · 15 replies
    Just got this notice from a church leader I've been following on Facebook: The crisis in Iraq has got worse than ever. Scores have been murdered, (behead, raped, homes and churches destroyed we always think it can't get worse and it does. Dr Sarah is in Erbil and her stories today are just too awful to tell. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From A Trusted Sorce The islamist group (ISIS) just took over Quaragosh, the biggest Christian city in Iraq. There are hundreds of men, women and children that are being beheaded. The people are asking for prayers to be made on their behalf...
  • ISIS Cuts Off 4 Kids Hands, One for Stealing Toy; Executes Starving Child for Stealing Food

    04/08/2015 8:53:52 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | March 29, 2015 | Samuel Smith
    (Photo: Reuters/Bassam Khabieh) An activist (not pictured) holds a burning torch near children carrying banners inside a cage during a protest against forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Douma, eastern Al-Ghouta, near Damascus, February 15, 2015. The protest, which made children wear orange suits depicting victims of the Islamic State, calls to compare forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad to Islamic State forces, and to draw attention to residents living under siege and dying from strikes by forces loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad, activists said. A mixed Sunni-Shia family that once lived in ISIS' Iraqi...
  • No peace for Iraqi Christians this Easter

    04/04/2015 6:32:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | April 3, 2015 | By Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett
    This is the time of the year when Christians the world over -- more than 2 billion of us -- reflect upon the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord. In light of the tragic massacre of Christian college students in Kenya on Thursday, and the ongoing threat against Christians in other nations, this Holy Week we are calling upon Christians to also reflect upon the crucifixion, beheading, stoning, enforced slavery, sexual abuse, human trafficking, harassment, bombing and displacement of hundreds of thousands of Christians -- and others -- whose faith alone has made them a target of religious extremists. Countless...
  • Iraqi Christian Leader Makes Direct Appeal at UN

    03/28/2015 4:40:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The leader of Iraqs Chaldean Catholics at the United Nations in New York today urged international leaders to support his countrys government in a drive for the liberation of all Iraqi cities." For the first time, the UN Security Council devoted a debate to the persecution of minorities under attack by jihadists, according to ANSAMed, a service of the Italian news agency ANSA. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius chaired the debate, which included Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and, by video-conference from Geneva, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid...
  • Courses to Start Soon at the Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    03/08/2015 2:32:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 2/27/15 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    University Intends to Stand as Tangible Sign of Help for Iraqi ChristiansThe first courses of Catholic University in Erbil, the capital of Northern Kurdistan, will begin this year. Recently, Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, ordinary of the archdiocese of Erbil and a great supporter of the project, announced in a letter the imminent commencement of activity in four faculties, including a college for studies in business administration, reported Fides. The Chaldean Catholic Church has strongly desired that this college also serve as a form of tangible assistance for young people in the Middle East. In the letter from the patriarchates...
  • Letter to Congress about Christian minority in Iraq [Vanity]

    03/05/2015 8:35:40 AM PST · by ksm1 · 1 replies
    Self
    I saw this article in Newsweek about a Christian self-defense militia being formed in Iraq to protect themselves against ISIS: http://www.newsweek.com/4000-strong-christian-militia-formed-fight-isis-northern-iraq-304371 This should be something that we support. Please take some time to write to your Congressman and senators about this. It only takes you 5 minutes. I have a sample letter below.
  • Iraqi Bishop: 'We Are Hated Because We Persist in Wanting to Exist as Christians'

    02/17/2015 2:51:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Aid to the Church in Need ^ | 2/17/15 | Archbishop Bashar Warda
    We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians. In other words, we are hated because we persist in demanding a basic human right.CHRISTIANITY in Iraq is going through one of its worst and hardest stages of its long history that dates back to the first century. Throughout all these long centuries, we have experienced many hardships and persecutions during which we offered caravans of martyrs. During the past year, more than 125,000 Christians have been forced to flee from their villages only because they chose to remain Christians and refused the conditions ISIS imposed on them....
  • The Plight of the Yazidis

    02/06/2015 8:59:51 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/06/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    The world looks away as a genocide against a people continues apace Despite the current focus on ISIS, the ongoing barbarity inflicted against the Yazidis, a group of people who have inhabited Iraqs mountainous northwestern region for centuries, remains largely below the radar. And while this estimated population of approximately 500,000 has been the target of hatred by Muslims who see them as heretical devil-worshipers, ISIS has upped the ante. While the world largely looks away, a genocidal level of extermination proceeds apace. Our entire religion is being wiped off the face of the earth, warned Yazidi leader Vian Dakhillast...
  • No room in America for Christian refugees

    01/17/2015 7:09:49 PM PST · by xzins · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 07, 2015 | Abraham H. Miller
    At the end of World War II, the Jewish survivors of Europes Holocaust found that nearly every door was closed to them. Tell Me Where Can I Go? was a popular Yiddish song at the time. Decades later, the Christians of the Middle East face the same problem, and the Obama administration is keeping the door shut. America is about to accept 9000 Syrian Muslims, refugees of the brutal war between the Assad regime and its Sunni opposition, which includes ISIS, Al Qaeda, and various other militias. That number is predicted to increase each year. There are no Christian refugees...
  • Among Christian Refugees in Kurdistan, 'No One is Angry at God'

    01/11/2015 6:15:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/11/15 | Oliver Maksan
    Erbil, Iraq, Jan 11, 2015 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Thank you, thank you, thank you: Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives." Home for Suheila is the Sports Club Center in Ankawa, where more than 200 Christian families from Bakhdida (Qaraqosh) have found shelter in mobile homes: "This is really a big improvement. I'm grateful for it. But in general, of course, this is no life. We've lost everything. The worst thing is...
  • Middle Eastern Christians Flee Violence for Ancient Homeland

    12/31/2014 6:02:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 12/29/14 | Tara Isabella Burton
    Refugees flee Syria and Iraq to Midyat, Turkey, which clings to its diminished role as the heartland of the ancient Orthodox faith.MIDYAT, TurkeyOn most afternoons, Mor Barsaumo, a honey-colored, fifth-century stone church nestled in a warren of slanted streets, draws a crowd. In the narrow courtyard, old men smoke cigarettes and drink coffee, while children kick a soccer ball across the stone floor. In a darkened classroom, empty except for a few desks, a teacher gives private lessons in Syriac, derived from Aramaic, the language of Christ. And now, the refugees also come. Advised by relatives or other refugees, newcomers...
  • Christians On The Run From Iraq [The Fall of Mosul And Obama's Crime Against Christians!]

    12/25/2014 4:56:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | December 25, 2014 | Nina Shea
    DECEMBER 24, 2014 Christians On The Run From Iraq The Islamic State is attaining its key goal, and U.S. media find the story of limited interest. By Nina Shea For the first time in 1,400 years, there will be no Christmas celebrations in Nineveh province, home to Iraqs largest remaining Christian community and largest non-Muslim minority, and a site of great biblical significance. This northern province, whose area is over three times larger than that of Lebanon, is now part of the Islamic States caliphate, and its Christians and churches are no longer tolerated. What has become of Ninevehs Christians?...
  • Baghdad's Christians gather defiantly for Christmas Eve mass

    12/24/2014 6:40:59 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 24, 2014 | Saif Hameed
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Baghdads embattled Christian community worshipped defiantly Wednesday night at Christmas Eve mass. The pews filled at Baghdads Sacred Heart church, as people remembered the darkest year in memory. Blast walls shielded the church and seven policeman flanked the outside of the house of worship, in an indication of the government's fear of an attack on the religious groups by jihadists who consider them non-believers. The congregation sang in unison: Praise Jesus, our Lord. Oh praise him as incense burnt in the darkened church.
  • Hope for Persecuted Christians in the Mideast [Uplifting Article For Christmas!]

    12/24/2014 7:19:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | December 24, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    DECEMBER 24, 2014 Hope for Persecuted Christians in the Mideast After two millennia of attempts to stamp out the Church, it has proved its resilience. By Andrew Doran If recent Christmases provide any indication of things to come, somewhere in the Middle East terrorists are constructing, as I write, bombs intended to kill Christians attending Christmas liturgies. The terrorists know that their targets will include the defenseless. They know that they will kill women, children, and the elderly but will carry out their attacks nonetheless. For some Christians in the Middle East, this Christmas liturgy be their last. They know...
  • Nun Pleads for Christians Raped, Sold, Killed by ISIS

    12/23/2014 6:37:39 PM PST · by Maudeen · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 23, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Refugees live 'like animals' in camps ...........................Sister Hatune points to the fact that 96 percent of the people who populated the Middle East at the turn of the eighth century were Christian. Now, that Christian population has dwindled to 6 percent. Turkey was once almost all Christian, but now it is 0.03 percent Christian. Iraq had 1 million Christians under Saddam Hussein, but now only a few thousand remain, and the churches of Baghdad will be mostly empty this Christmas. Where are these Christians? Where are these people? Just ask yourself, said the fiery nun, whose native tongue is Aramaic.
  • As Christmas Approaches, Baghdad Christians Lament Empty Pews [Obama's Iraq Legacy!]

    12/22/2014 6:29:20 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 22, 2014 | Loveday Morris
    As Christmas Approaches, Baghdad Christians Lament Empty Pews Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email Iraqi security officers stand guard outside of the Virgin Mary Chaldean church in the Karrada neighborhood of the capital Baghdad on Dec 21, 2014. By Loveday Morris December 22 BAGHDAD A choir dressed in crimson robes sang ancient hymns below a Christmas star strung with fairy lights at a recent service in the Iraqi capital, the heavy scent of incense hanging in the air. But the season here has a somber edge, and the priest has a serious...
  • Hillary: We must respect and empathize with those who behead children

    12/06/2014 8:08:30 AM PST · by Starman417 · 72 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-06-14 | DrJohn
    Hillary Clinton has said some stupid things but this is simply astonishing: "This is what we call smart power," Clinton said to a small audience at Georgetown. "Using every possible tool and partner to advance peace and security. Leaving no one on the sidelines. Showing respect even for one's enemies. Trying to understand, in so far as psychologically possible, empathize with their perspective and point of view. Helping to define the problems, determine the solutions. That is what we believe in the 21st century will change -- change the prospects for peace." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zVHgqj8HisIt leaves you shaking your head: Former Marine...
  • Before Being Killed, Children Told ISIS: No, We Love Jesus

    12/01/2014 6:02:34 AM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Andrew White, an Anglican priest known as the Vicar of Baghdad, has seen violence and persecution against Christians unprecedented in recent decades. In the video embedded below, he recounts the story of Iraqi Christian children who were told by ISIS militants to convert to Islam or be killed. Their response? No, We Love Yeshua (Jesus).Find out more about Andrew Whites ministry, The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, which provides humanitarian assistance to many of the Christians under attack by ISIS. Be sure to watch his interview below, and spread the word about the horrific persecution going...
  • Islamic State Meets Its Match in Christian Militia at an Iraqi Town

    11/30/2014 2:25:04 PM PST · by Cronos · 20 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 13 Nov 2014 | http://www.ijreview.com/2014/11/202433-isis-christian-clash-443/
    A Christian militia has reclaimed a village in northern Iraq from ISIS terrorists. USA Today reported on the story of a group of Christian fighters driving ISIS insurgents from the town of Bakufa. The inhabitants of the predominantly Christian Bakufa formed a village militia, after fighting side-by-side with Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to push ISIS from their hamlet. The freshly recruited militia might be short on combat experience, but thats not worrying them. As one of their members says: In my opinion, faith is greater than military experience. Where the black banner of ISIS once stood, the flag of the...
  • Iraq Christians Guard Village Taken from IS Group

    11/13/2014 7:59:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 11/13/14 | Bram Janssen
    BAKUFA, Iraq (AP) The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month after Islamic State militants were pushed out and the extremists' black banner was taken down. The predominantly Christian Assyrian hamlet of 95 houses that once had about 500 people, located some 390 kilometers (243 miles) north of Baghdad, was overrun by the Islamic State group during its shocking blitz this summer, along with 22 other villages nearby. In a counter-offensive, the Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters swept in from the north, battling the Islamic...
  • The Kobani slaughter (Kurds)

    10/12/2014 6:12:21 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/11/2014 22:44 | By JPOST EDITORIAL
    Nations intone Never again, but we are watching a human catastrophe happen as Western powers fail to employ their massive resources. It is time for the world to wake up and do something to aid the Kurds in their battle with Islamic State before it is too late.
  • The Iraqi Christian who told ISIS if you want to kill me for my faith I am prepared to die...

    10/03/2014 3:48:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 10/3/2014 | JOHN PONTIFEX
    When Christian villagers from the Iraqi town of Caramles fled advancing IS forces, 80-year-old Victoria was among a dozen or so unable to leave. The widow, a Chaldean Catholic, knew nothing about the sudden evacuation that had suddenly emptied this ancient village she had known for so long. Next morning she went to church St Addais as she did every day. She found the place locked; the streets deserted. She knew IS had come. We met Victoria on our first evening in Erbil at the start of a fact-finding and project assessment trip for Catholic charity aid to...
  • Iraqi Christian who told ISIS: If you want to kill me for my faith I am prepared to die here now

    10/03/2014 3:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 3, 2014 | JOHN PONTIFEX
    Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS) When Christian villagers from the Iraqi town of Caramles fled advancing IS forces, 80-year-old Victoria was among a dozen or so unable to leave. The widow, a Chaldean Catholic, knew nothing about the sudden evacuation that had suddenly emptied this ancient village she had known for so long. Next morning she went to church – St Addai’s – as she did every day. She found the place locked; the streets deserted. She knew IS had come.We met Victoria on our first evening in Erbil...
  • Escaping ISIS: Iraq's Christians find refuge at Jordan church

    10/03/2014 6:06:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/2/2014 | Jomana Karadsheh, Samira Said and Chelsea J. Carter
    They arrived at the church with only what they could carry: clothes, pictures and a few family heirlooms. It's all that is left of a life before the Islamic State terror group swept into northern Iraq, giving the Christians of Qaraqosh and Mosul an ultimatum: Convert, leave or die. Most, like Ammar Zaki and his family, fled first to the relative safety of Iraq's Kurdish capital of Irbil and then made their way to Amman, Jordan, where they found sanctuary in a church. Roughly 100 Iraqi Christians are being sheltered at St. Mary's Church in the Marka neighborhood of Amman....
  • Christianity In Iraq Is Finished

    09/19/2014 10:16:35 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 19, 2014 | Daniel Williams
    Christianity In Iraq Is Finished By Daniel Williams September 19 In the part of his Sept. 10 speech on confronting the Islamic State that probably drew the least attention, President Obama mentioned the need to help Christians and other minorities, expelled from cities and villages in northern Iraq, return from where they came. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homeland, he said. Obama got that wrong. Christians, of whom around 120,000 have taken refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, will not be going home even if their tormentors suddenly disappear. I spent 10 days talking with Christian...
  • From Exodus to Exodus, Iraqi Christians Seek New Home

    09/14/2014 9:11:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-14 22:01 GMT | Kamal Taha
    (AFP) -- Threats by jihadists have sent a fresh wave of Christians fleeing their Iraqi homeland, bustling from exodus to exodus in search of a safe haven to rebuild their lives Raja Marzina, who has taken refuge in Jordan with her husband and their five children, never imagined she would one day have to leave Iraq for good. "But we had no choice; we had to flee to save our lives and our religion," she said. Like dozens of others who fled the orgy of violence unleashed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists this summer, Marzina goes to the Syriac Catholics...