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Chaldean patriarch’s sorrow over Mosul’s tragedy, ready to help thousands of displaced people

Mar Sako tells of west Mosul "difficult but necessary" liberation. Jihadis "use people" as human shields amid narrow streets and houses. Thousands have died and more than 10,000 homes have been destroyed. Controversy continues over an air strike by the US-led coalition that killed more than a hundred people. The Chaldean Church provides food aid to Muslim refugees. Baghdad –

March 29th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Christians in northern Iraq ‘on verge of extinction’, says aid worker

Their future depends on help from the West, according to a senior Chaldean Catholic official A senior aid worker within the Chaldean Catholic archdiocese in northern Iraq has described the Christian population there as “on the verge of extinction” and is appealing to the British and US governments for humanitarian assistance. Stephen Rasche, legal counsel and head of resettlement programmes

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Iconic Chaldean church liberated in Mosul

A Chaldean Catholic church whose image announced the fall of Mosul in 2014 has been liberated. When so-called Islamic State (ISIS) swept through Iraq in June 2014, a ‘before-and-after’ picture of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual help in Mosul emerged showing the crucifix topping the building replaced by the black banner of the terror group. Reports at the

March 24th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Unprecedented ecumenical ceremony marks inauguration of restored Edicule of the Tomb of Christ

HOLY SEPULCHER – On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Churches of Jerusalem gathered in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher to contemplate on the result of ten months of restoration of the edicule sheltering the Tomb of Christ in an ecumenical ceremony bearing witness to a unity that has made possible such work.    For ten months, experts, technicians and workers

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Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Hassaké: let us not help only Christians

Hassaké - The militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh) have withdrawn from the surroundings of Hassaké. For years, they had positions in less than twenty kilometers from the capital of the province, in northeastern Syria. Now they are at least sixty kilometers away. The city breathes, but the consequences of the conflict continue to weigh on daily life: "in

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Pope to Middle East Pilgrims: ‘Without Christ at Center of Life, Perseverance, Consolation Are Impossible’

At General Audience, Pope Blesses Arabic-speaking Pilgrims and Reminds Them How Hope Is Needed. “I give a warm welcome to the Arabic-speaking pilgrims, particularly those from Egypt, the Holy Land, and the Middle East!”, said Pope Francis during the General Audience of March 22, 2017. This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father

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For Jerusalem Churches, restoration of the aedicule of the Holy Sepulchre is symbol of brotherhood and co-operation

An ecumenical ceremony marked the reopening of the aedicule. Representatives of the Franciscan community, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Churches spoke at the event. Mgr Pizzaballa also spoke. Pope Francis donated money for the restoration of the Holy Sepulchre and the basilica in Bethlehem. Bartholomew I, Patriarch of Constantinople, expressed his gratitude. Jerusalem – The end of the restoration work on

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Egyptian Tour operators: let us take the opportunity of the Pope’s visit to revive the “Way of the Holy Family”

Cairo - Pope Francis’ visit is a propitious occasion to promote Egypt as a destination for Christian pilgrimages and religious tourism, allowing the world to know the initiatives and measures put in place also by national policies of tourism to revive the routes related to the "Way of the Holy Family". The suggestion is addressed to Egyptian authorities from tourism

March 22nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Jesus’ Tomb: the opening will not mark the end of the work

Four days from the ecumenical celebration of the work completed on Jesus' tomb, the Basilica of the Resurrection is filled with the sound of vacuum cleaners. Day and night, the teams of Prof. Moropoulou have been working on the last projects in and around the Edicule. Everything must be ready by Wednesday at 10 a.m., when the churches will gather

March 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

The Holy See offers a contribution for the restoration of the Holy Sepulcher and Nativity

HOLY LAND / HOLY-SEE – In a short release published on Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Custody of the Holy Land announced a generous contribution from the Holy See for the restoration of the Basilicas of the Holy Sepulcher and the Nativity. The Custody of the Holy Land is pleased to announce that the Holy See has offered a contribution

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