» 01/17/2016, 13.03
IRAQ – TURKEY
For Chaldean bishop, Turkish air strikes against Kurdish villages are “acts of terrorism”
For four hours last night, the Turkish Air Force bombed the village of Sharamesh, forcing 37 families to flee, including eight families that had escaped the Nineveh Plain under the threat of Islamic State violence. Ankara’s war against the possible emergence of a Kurdish state continues.
03/02/2016 16:48:00 IRAQ
Chaldean bishop backs Barzani on referendum for Kurdish independence
The Kurdish leader says that the "time has come” for the Kurdish people to decide “their future”. A consultative referendum would express the “will" of the people. Mgr Rabban al-Qas backs a secular basis, open to all faiths, based on shared citizenship and equal rights.
Iraqi bishops ask the Italian government for support
Bishop Rabban al-Qas and Archbishop Louis Sako meet with Gianni Vernetti, undersecretary for foreign affairs. From the government of Kurdistan, a request for an end to Turkish aerial attacks.
02/11/2007 TURKEY – IRAQ
Rice in Ankara to stop Turkish attack in Kurdistan
US Secretary will meet Turkey’s president and prime minister. She is also scheduled to meet three-way with Turkish and Iraqi foreign ministers to find a common strategy against PKK “terrorists.”
24/05/2016 18:45:00 IRAQ
For Iraqi priest, IS, violence and divisions have created a sense of brotherhood with Muslims
Living side by side has been replaced by a desire to be “a community”, said Fr Samir Youssef, a priest in Iraqi Kurdistan. This is the result of the “merciful” welcoming of Christian, Muslim, and Yazidi refugees. Recently, 62 people from the diocese of Amadiya took part in a spiritual retreat to discuss pastoral outreach, mercy and catechesis. Iraq need more nuns and priests.
As the liberation of the Nineveh Plains gets underway, Kurdistan bishop waits for Pope Francis
For Mgr Rabban Al-Qas, bishop of Amadiyah, bomb disposal experts are needed to clear mines. The terrorists of the Islamic State have laid scores of them, slowing down the push by peshmerga and regular Iraqi troops. The Kurdish government allocates US$ 12 million for Christian refugees. A possible papal visit is raising hope.
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