» 08/08/2012, 00.00
IRAQ - FRANCE
French youth travel to Iraq to show the solidarity of the Universal Church
A group of 13 young men and women visit Kirkuk and Karakosh, through the initiative of local Christian families. It is an opportunity to meet and exchange in a region affected by violence and persecution. Physical proximity goes beyond words of solidarity. For Mgr Sako, such "projects lead to hope."
Next year, Christmas will be a civic holiday in Kirkuk
The city’s governor, Najim al-din Umar Karim, announced the decision. He also said he would urge the central government to make 25 December a national holiday. More than 2,000 faithful take part in Christmas Mass. Muslim religious leaders express their best wishes. The governor urges Christians who fled abroad to come back to Iraq.
Chaldean Archbishop: Christians and Muslims fleeing Mosul, occupied by Islamists
Msgr. Nona appeals urgently for aid because supplies of food and water are running scarce. The Islamists have taken control of the city. Police and military have abandoned their weapons. Faithful, priests and nuns have left the area, the churches are closed. The prelate prays for a "strong state" that is a guarantor of peace and unity. Premier Al-Maliki declares a state of emergency.
29/05/2012 FRANCE - IRAQ
Iraq Church is apostolic because it is a martyr Church, says Kirkuk archbishop
Aid to the Church in Need organised a prayer meeting attended by various Catholic figures from regions of anti-Christian persecution, including Card Zen and Paul Bhatti. For Mgr Louis Sako, faith is not the same as ideology; it is rather a sense of friendship and connection with the person of Christ. Christians must bear witness amid suffering by following the example of the first apostles.
Sampang: Four killed in clashes between Sunnis and Shiites. Criticism of Government's inaction
Interfaith tension still high on Madura island. Eight injured and dozens of homes destroyed in yesterday’s clashes. A family feud and rivalry between groups are likely to lead to open conflict. Activists, intellectuals and civil society against President Yudhoyono and the central executive.
31/08/2004 IRAQ - FRANCE
Another 24 hours for French hostages
Allawi says neutrals not safe from terrorists.
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