» 09/02/2014, 00.00
Christian man tortured and killed by Islamic State militants for refusing to convert to Islam
For more than three weeks, Salem Matti Kourk was holed up in his home to avoid capture by Islamists. Once he ran out of food, he went out to find some but was stopped and beaten to death, his body dumped on a street. For Chaldean Patriarchate, he is "another martyr, a victim of extremist folly." In the capital, a car bomb kills a young Syrian Catholic student.
Nineveh Plains project to destroy dialogue, only path for peace
Kirkuk’s Chaldean archbishop explains why he is against the plan to create a Christian “canton” on the Nineveh Plains. The area lacks the necessary infrastructure to host thousands of families and would deny Iraq its only way out, a culture of pluralism and dialogue. He appeals to local Church leaders to take a clear stance on the issue for the sake of the future of the country’s Christians.
Kirkuk: Muslims and Christians united for dialogue, only way to save Iraq
Sunnis and Shiites, tribal leaders, Kurds, Turkmen and Christians meet at luncheon organised by the city Chaldean archdiocese to fight those who would like to destroy peaceful coexistence between religions. Prime Minister al-Maliki’s spokesman says the government is opposed to the Nineveh Plains plan and the country’s division in ghettoes. Ayatollah al-Sistani receives Christian leaders and expressed his solidarity towards them.
A group of ten French Catholics to accompany 20 Iraqis from Kirkuk to WYD
Five young French men and women came to Kirkuk in order to show their closeness and solidarity to local Christian families and spend a day with them. Yesterday, they took part in a Mass celebrated by the local bishop, sang with the church choir and dined with local Catholics of the same age. It was a moment of great ecclesial communion for everyone.
Despite being left at the mercy of terrorists, Christians continue to hope, says bishop of Mosul
Monsignor Raho, in Rome with the delegation accompanying Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly at the Consistory, talks about the situation in the Sunni stronghold. Threats against Christians continue. For him it is increasingly apparent that there is a plan not to normalise the situation in Mosul; instead there is an international interest in keeping Iraq divided, ignorant and weak. He remembers Father Ragheed’s sacrifice.
Kurdish guns threaten to bring a new humanitarian catastrophe to Iraqi minorities
Human Rights Watch raises the alarm, confirmed by AsiaNews sources. Plan includes setting up a ghetto in the Nineveh Plains for Christians and guarantee Kurds control over resource-rich Kirkuk. Humanitarian aid is given in exchange for support as dissidents get crushed.
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