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For Mosul archbishop, Islamist beheadings and barbarism stem from fear for their military defeats
These are not "exceptional deeds," Mgr Nona said commenting the killing of US journalist Sotloff, because these people "do not value human life". This is "not an act of war, but an act of barbarism and brutality". Minorities are trying to work together but their scattering is an obstacle. Refugees still face a housing problem.
Mosul celebrating the appointment of new archbishop after the death of Mgr Rahho
Benedict XVI approves the election of Rev Emil Shimoun Nona by the Synod of Bishops of the Chaldean Church. The diocese had no leader since March 2008 when Mgr Rahho was abducted and murdered. Catholics in Mosul are full of “joy and renewed hope.”
For Mosul Archbishop, Islamist violence has led to new "unity" among Christians and the Church of Iraq
For Mgr Nona, hope remains alive at this dark moment. Renewed ties among the faithful and the members of the Chaldean Church are among the positive signs. Dignity and long-term prospects for displaced people must be restored. He expresses special thanks to AsiaNews for its solidarity initiative. Al Maliki leaves the field open for the formation of a government of national unity.
Iraqi Christians demonstrate, fast against killings and the Nineveh “ghetto”
People gather, pray and fast across Iraq against “targeted killings.” The archbishop of Mosul asks for security and an investigation into those who are responsible for the slaughter. For the archbishop of Kirkuk, the Muslim community must react and take concrete actions. The auxiliary bishop of Baghdad warns that Christians risk a holocaust at a fundamental moment.
The Church in Iraq does not give in to terrorism
A year ago terrorist attacks were carried out against five churchesSt Paul's Church in Mosul was one of them. Today the Chaldean Bishop celebrated a mass to commemorate the event. "The Church is much better today [. . .] we have learnt to put into practice values like forgiveness".
Auxiliary Bishop: as Christians leave, an apparent calm prevails before the storm in Baghdad
For Archbishop Hanna Saad Sirop, the atmosphere in the capital is one of "fear mixed with foreboding." Many families are applying for baptism and marriage certificates in order to leave the city and find refuge. Chaldean Church leaders are concerned as their synod now seems in jeopardy. A civil war along sectarian lines appears increasingly likely; international pressure must be put on Baghdad.
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