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IRAQ - VATICAN
Iraq Nuncio gives copy of Ecclesia in Medio Oriente to Ayatollah al-Sistani
The meeting between the two religious leaders took place yesterday. Vatican delegation visits Christian historical sites in the area. Mgr Lingua says that for Shia leader Benedict XVI's Lebanon trip is "very significant" for interfaith dialogue. Young Christians and Muslims are told their task is to build a "free and humane" society.
Mosul: more kidnappings and murders of Christians, to force them to the plain of Nineveh
A 60 year-old businessman killed, his kidnappers had demanded an enormous ransom. Another faithful of Mosul kidnapped; the fate of the doctor who was kidnapped in Kirkuk remains shrouded in mystery, AsiaNews sources: the violence disguises a political project to drive Christians out the city and force them to the plain of Nineveh.
Christians want to stay in Iraq, nuncio says
A historically persecuted minority wants to contribute to the rebuilding of the country.
For Iraqi bishops, country’s reconstruction needs peace and security
The ongoing power struggle between Shias, Sunnis and Kurds is causing destruction and harming the Christian minority. In two days of meetings, the prelates iron out ideas for national reconciliation, urging emigrants to “come home”. Iraq’s provincial and federal governments have an obligation to guarantee stability.
Waiting for minority quota election law given the green light
Next provincial elections on 31 January 2009 will be conducted under the new law which has been formally adopted. Presidency Council asks parliament to reintroduce Article 50 in a new vote to guarantee minorities, including Christians, a certain number of seats.
Christians “sad and in shock,” Mgr Sako says after car bomb explodes at Kirkuk church, wounding 15
The bomb causes major damages to Syro-Catholic church. Children and clergymen are among the wounded. A second car bomb set to go off near an Evangelical church is defused. A “sacred place” and “innocent people” were targeted, Kirkuk archbishop says.
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