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Erbil’s Catholic University to counter the Christian exodus from Mosul
Archbishop Warda talks to AsiaNews about the new facility. At a time of Christian suffering, persecution and exodus in Iraq, the university provides "a strong motive to stay”. The Italian Bishops’ Conference gave € 2.3 million for the project. The new university’s programmes include oriental studies, information technology, languages and economics. Yesterday’s official opening coincided with the feast of the Immaculate.
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
There are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
Iraqi Kurdistan begins exporting “its” oil
The crude oil is being piped from Kirkuk to Turkey. The operation was given the go ahead by the central government which in the past had cancelled all contracts signed by the Kurdish government. All proceeds from the energy sector make up 90% of Iraqi GDP. The aim is to pass from 2.2 million barrels to 6 million a day, in five years.
Kurdistan: 'Islamic' ambulance driver refuses to take the body of a Christian woman to church
The woman's body had to be transported from a hospital in Erbil to an Assyrian Church in Ankawa. In the country, violence is up as Sunnis and Shias clash. Some 500 prisoners, many of them members of Al Qaeda already sentenced to death, escape.
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.
Patriarch Sako: In the end, peace, not war, will win in Mosul
The Patriarch, together with a delegation of French prelates in Erbil, came to be among the families of Christians expelled by jihadists. "I bring Pope Francis' solidarity and love," he said. Shias are persecuted in Mosul as well. Their shrines and places of worship have been destroyed as well. The city is suffering from fuel and power shortages.
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