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Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir concludes visit to Jordan.

On Wednesday, August 14, Our Lady of the Holy Valley Choir, coming from the Syrian Governorate of Homs, presented an eve of hymns at the Church of the Good Shepherd/ Our Lady of Peace Center, in cooperation with Caritas Jordan. This has been the fourth and the last performance within the framework of its tour of the Kingdom which was

August 16th, 2019|

Sisters of the Rosary profess vows in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM – On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Solemnity of the Assumption, several Rosary Sisters made their vows in the convent’s Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary at a ceremony and Mass presided by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate. Fifteen Rosary Sisters professed vows at a ceremony attended by many Rosary Sisters with others from

August 16th, 2019|

Melkite Catholic young adults in Middle East find hope at gathering.

BEIRUT - Full of zeal for their faith, 920 Melkite Catholic young adults from the Middle East gathered in Lebanon for the first conference especially for them. Meeting under the theme, “To You I Say Rise,” the participants, ages 18-35, came from the Palestinian territories, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and Lebanon for the Aug. 9-13 event, hosted by the Melkite

August 16th, 2019|

Future of Iraqi Christians Still ‘Hangs in the Balance’ Five Years After ISIS First Seized Control of Northern Iraq.

Five years after ISIS forces stormed Christian villages in Northern Iraq, forcing thousands to flee overnight, the militants have been suppressed, but the situation of Christians remains precarious and, according to one local, their future in Iraq is still at risk. “Much of the future for Christians in Nineveh hangs in the balance in the coming weeks pending clarity as

August 12th, 2019|

Final Statement of the Chaldean Synod.

At the invitation of His Beatitude Patriarch Cardinal Mar Louis Raphael Sako, the annual Chaldean Synod was held at the Patriarchal Summer Headquarters, Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq, from 3 to 10 August 2019, attended by Bishops from the dioceses of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, America, Canada and Australia. After the opening ceremony, the assembled Bishops sent a letter to His Holiness

August 12th, 2019|

The Assyrian Christian Renaissance.

In Syria's northeast, in Qamishli, al-Hasakah, and other cities and their surrounding villages, a renaissance is under way in the area's beleaguered Syriac Christian community, which is attempting to revive the Syriac language and culture after decades of neglect and oppression. Syria's Christian community as a whole has suffered immensely during the ongoing eight-year conflict, and the country's Syriac minority

August 12th, 2019|

The great teaching that comes from Bethany: “We should all work together for a common home”.

For more than a month, restoration work has been underway on the Mosaic Center at the al-Uzair Mosque, the oldest mosque in Bethany, in Arabic Al-Azariya, which stands next to the church and the Franciscan convent dedicated to Saint Lazarus. The mosque dates back to the Ottoman period but was built on the remains of the Christian crusader monastery that was incorporated within its walls. In the place known

August 12th, 2019|

EGYPT – The Egyptian government “legalizes” another 88 churches built without permits. The total number rises to 1109.

Cairo - In Egypt the process of "legalization" of Christian places of worship built in the past without the necessary permits is proceeding at a fast pace. In recent days, the ad hoc governmental committee set up to subject churches to controls has confirmed that it has verified the compliance of 88 Coptic churches regarding the requirements for their "legalization".

August 9th, 2019|

Iraq’s Christians ‘close to extinction’.

Aid to the Church in Need Interview with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil Christianity in Iraq could now be on the brink of completely disappearing – according to one of the country’s most respected church leaders. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need coinciding with the anniversary of Daesh (ISIS)’s 2014 seizure of Iraq’s Nineveh

August 9th, 2019|

Fr Samir: as the needs of Mosul refugees grow, the hope of return withers away.

Two years after the Islamic State’s military defeat, going home appears a distant prospect. There are still many needs, but aid and resources have been reduced. The Iraq issue and Mideast political and religious tensions have increased insecurity. Clergyman pleads “don't forget” because the disappearance of Christians will have tragic consequences for the region. Erbil (AsiaNews) – Five years after

August 9th, 2019|