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Churches organise day of fasting on 9 December to remember the martyrs of Baghdad’s cathedral
Meeting in Erbil, Christian religious leaders decide to meet Christian lawmakers to figure out why fellow Christians are under attack. They also call on the Kurdish government to provide some 520 Christian refugee families with jobs and education.
Christian university students demand justice and security from Iraqi religious leaders
In Karakosh, a Council meeting of religious leaders, which brought together bishops and Christian leaders in Iraq. The meeting brought together hundreds of students, including a group escaped the attack on May 2. One of the wounded hospitalized in Turkey, thanks to a special flight from Mosul to Ankara.
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.
Nouri al-Maliki and the conundrum of Kirkuk
The forthcoming visit of Prime Minister to Kurdistan is hope for a reconciliation with Baghdad. But Kirkuk, which owns 25% of Iraqi oil, is in the sights of Arabs and Turkmen. Iran fears a Kurdish state power, the U.S. fear a conflagration that could delay their departure from Iraq in 2011.
"Ecumenical graduation" at Babel College in Ankawa
The academic year concludes for the only theology faculty in Iraq: the five graduates come from the Chaldean, Armenian Orthodox, Assyrian, and Syro-Catholic communities. Patriarch Delly and many bishops attend the ceremony. Three sisters wounded today by a suicide bomber in Telkef.
Car bomb against Mosul church as Mgr Warduni calls attacks in Baghdad premeditated
In northern Iraq Our Lady of Fatima Church is hit; nearby Shia mosque is also damaged. Local sources warn of new attacks “against churches and monasteries”. A new Christian exodus is feared. For auxiliary bishop of Baghdad attacks were “organised”; he appeals for peace.
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