» 06/06/2007, 00.00
An “Assyrian ghetto” in the Plains of Niniveh to save Iraq’s Christians
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.
Christian leaders join in Patriach Delly’s Iraq appeal
The Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Syrian-Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo said they were “moved” by the Chaldean Patriarch’s condemnation of Christian persecution in Iraq. They have urged Baghdad, the UN and international forces to “extinguish the flames in which all Iraqis are burning”. Mgr Gregotios Yohanna Ibrahim: “A plan is afoot to change the country’s social structure.”
Terror campaign targets Chaldean church in Iraq
There were two new attacks against the parish of the Holy Spirit in Mosul in as many days. A convent of Dominican Sisters has also been struck. These are the most blatant signs of a campaign that aims to throw Christians out of Iraq. Then there is the problem of emigration, a problem afflicting also Shiites and Sunnis.
Chaldean Patriarch: "Debris and destruction everywhere, but we will not give in to discouragement"
Islamic figures will call on the Patriarch this evening to express solidarity and condolences.
New priest for Mosul, first communions in Baghdad
A new Chaldean priest was ordained over the weekend in the diocese of Mosul: “I will continue the work of Fr Ragheed”. In Baghdad, 59 Syrian-Catholic children received their first Holy Communion. The bishop: “Cede not to the threats of evildoers.”
Ordination of three Chaldean deacons “real sign of hope” for Iraq Christians
The bishop of Kirkuk was present at the ceremony in Ankawa. He said: “It is a positive sign but the Iraqi Church is experiencing a worrying vacuum at pastoral level.” Kidnappings and threats targeting Christians continue in the north too.
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