» 01/15/2007, 00.00
Chaldean Seminary and Theological University inaugurated in Kurdistan
After being forced to leave Baghdad, the Chaldean Church’s two educational institutions have reopened. Meanwhile the capital is being emptied of its Christians whose historic neighbourhood is presently in the hands of Sunni militias.
Chaldean priest abducted in Baghdad is free and in good health
Fr Hani Abdel Ahad is released after 12 days. “He is very tired but was not mistreated,” says someone who met him. Persecution of Christians now moves to the al-Amariya and Hai al-Jamiya neighbourhoods with bombs placed in a home garden and threats of beheading.
Iraqi Christians’ most urgent needs according to a Chaldean priest
As a result of ongoing violence, persecution and the forced exodus of Christians, Churches are re-structuring their pastoral activities to cope with new challenges that range from spiritual assistance, help to the poor and fighting corruption. Christian leaders must make a common front in dealing with the state, international coalition forces and terrorism.
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Patriarch al-Rahi in Kurdistan for the future of Christians and the fight against Islamists
The cardinal makes a short one-day stop in Erbil accompanied by civil and religious leaders. He will meet with Kurdish President Barzani and visit the archbishop's see. The trip will focus on the fate of Christians fleeing jihadists and the possible use of force to repel the Islamist threat. The issue of relations with Islam and interfaith dialogue will also be discussed.
Baghdad: more than a thousand Christian families forced to flee home
Escape is the only alternative to the threats made by Islamic militias against those who refuse to convert, pay “taxes” or give a daughter in matrimony to a Muslim, this according to ‘Portes ouvertes’, an NGO dedicated to persecuted Churches.
Iraqi leaders indifferent to 'endangered' Christians
The rector of the Major Seminary in Ankawa slams the grave crisis affecting the Church in Iraq, which he blames on terrorists and fanatics but also the indifference of the country’s political leadership towards minorities. The number of Christians has dropped by half; only 200-300,000 have not fled their homes.
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