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Out of the Synod comes a united Chaldean Church that is closer to refugees, says Baghdad patriarch
Mar Sako is happy with the Synod's activities, which underscored its members' "unity" and "communion". Noting his "deep regret" for the absence of a rebellious bishop, he expressed solidarity with families living in shelters, and asked for new aid from Baghdad and Erbil. A "Friday of Martyrs" will commemorate the Ottomans' massacre of Assyrians and Chaldeans in 1915.
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Living side by side has been replaced by a desire to be “a community”, said Fr Samir Youssef, a priest in Iraqi Kurdistan.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.
08/07/2016 17:31:00 IRAQ
As more die, Patriarch Sako calls on Muslims and Christians to unite against terrorism
The Chaldean Church led a prayer vigil for the victims of the Baghdad massacre. As the latter’s death toll rises to 292, violence continues: 30 dead and 50 wounded in an attack on a Shia shrine in Balad. For Mar Sako, such crimes deny religious values and lead "straight to hell rather than heaven”.
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.
11/05/2016 19:48:00 IRAQ
For Chaldean Patriarchate, no Christian families are left in Mosul, tax payment a false rumour
Some reports claim that some Christian families still live under caliphate rule, paying the jizya. For Iraqi Church, only some captive and disabled Christians are left in the city. Car bomb in Baghdad kills scores in crowded market.
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