19 January 2018
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IRAQ: Churches targeted


02/08/2004
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.


02/08/2004
Bishop Rabban: "It is foreign terrorism directed at Christians and the new Iraq"

An appeal to Christians and the Churches of Europe. Ayatollah Al Sistani condemns the attacks.


01/08/2004
Bombs explode near 5 churches in Baghdad and Mosul

Terrorism strikes Christians to hit the West. Chaldean bishop: "This is not the work of Iraqis."




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EGYPT – LEBANON
Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.


CHINA
Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison



The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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