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Churches, destroyed and looted by ISIS, being restored in Syria

In the Syrian city of Maaloula (Ma'loula) The Christian Church began to commence services in the Christian monastery of St. Thecla. The pilgrims from all around the world traveled to religious shrines before the war. It was almost completely destroyed and looted by ISIS and Al-Nusra Front. When under pressure from the Syrian Arab army the Retreating Islamists took everything

September 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Sisters in Syria: Our job is to stand by the sick

Sisters caring for Syria’s sick and wounded throughout five years of heavy bombardment have received essential medical equipment from Aid to the Church in Need. The charity has provided the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition who run St Louis Hospital, western Aleppo, with more than £225,000 (€250,000) in medical equipment ensuring vital treatment for all those in need.

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Assad to young Syriac-Orthodox Christians in Syria are not hosts or “migratory birds”

Damascus - Christians in Syria are "no guests or migratory birds". They "are part of the origin of the nation, and without them there is no pluralistic Syria". This is what Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Sunday, September 17, to a large delegation of participants in a room of the Damascus Hall at the annual youth gathering organized by

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A statue of Our Lady removed in Basra to avoid tensions between religious communities

The five-by-two-metre sculpture stood in the city centre. Since 2003, 90 per cent of Basra’s Christians have left; only 300 families are left. The Chaldean archbishop proposes a monument to all religions. Basra – Provincial authorities in Basra, southern Iraq, moved a statue of the Virgin last night before its inauguration. The five-by-two-metre white sculpture was removed on the request

September 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Vandals desecrate St. Stephen Church in Beit Gemal

BEIT GEMAL – On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, vandals have broken into and desecrated St. Stephen Church in Beit Gemal, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. The perpetrators smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary and the stained-glass windows depicting important passages in the life of Jesus. Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine, who visited the Church this morning, said that “this

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Nineveh Christians rebuild their homes, but threats remain in Iraq

With towns and cities such as Qaraqosh and Bashiqa in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains now liberated from Islamic State (IS) forces and their original inhabitants beginning to return, there is confidence among some local Christian leaders that life is slowly beginning to get back to normal. “I am optimistic, yes, very optimistic,” says Qaraqosh’s Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche. “When

September 15th, 2017|

AUM, Caritas Jordan sign MoU to promote cooperation

The American University of Madaba (AUM) and Caritas Jordan signed a memorandum of understanding on Monday, September 11, designed to promote mutual coordination so as to disseminate knowledge relevant to emergency cases and educational opportunities in Jordan as applies to citizens and refugees. The agreement was signed by AUM President Dr. Nabil Ayoub and Caritas Jordan Director Wael Suleiman in

September 15th, 2017|

Archbishop Marayati: “War is fought through forgiveness”

Munster - "War is not fought with war, but through dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation, and the will to start a new life and follow new paths of peace": said Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Butros Marayati, at the international meeting "Paths of Peace" organized by the Community of Sant'Egidio in Munster, Germany. As Fides learns, Marayati, who heads the Armenian community

September 15th, 2017|

Celebrations mark return of Iraqi Christians to Nineveh

About 500 Christian families – up to 2,500 people – celebrated their long-awaited homecoming to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains with ceremonies marking a fresh start in their old towns and villages. In Qaraqosh (Baghdeda), the largest of Nineveh’s Christian towns, priests and people holding olive branches processed through the streets chanting hymns in Aramaic, the language of Jesus Christ. Protected by

September 15th, 2017|