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Muslims and Christians gathered at the House of Abraham for iftar

JERUSALEM – Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the House of Abraham, located in Ras Al Amud, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, hosted more than sixty Christians and Muslims to share a traditional meal breaking the fast. It has become a ritual. Since 2015, the House of Abraham, administered by Secours Catholique – Caritas France, annually hosts various representatives of the Church

June 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Cardinal Zenari: signs of “improvement” in Syria but Christians continue to suffer

In Aleppo, up to two-thirds of the Christian population has left the city, about half has left the rest of the country. Jobs must be provided for those who remain, education to their children, and "spiritual support" so that they can continue the mission of "bearing witnesses to Christ" in a Muslim-majority country. Next week, the cardinal will meet with

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INTERVIEW: ‘The Holy See Can Play a Unique Role for Reconciliation’

A Conversation With Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah “The Holy See can play a unique role for reconciliation in the Holy Land between Israelis and Palestinians. It is accepted by both sides. It is above parties . . . it is a unique entity which can offer mediation,” said Monsignor Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, in an interview

June 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Iraqi Christians complain about land-grabbing by Kurds –USCIRF report

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a report on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) titled Wilting in the Kurdish Sun:  The Hopes and Fears of Religious Minorities in Northern Iraq.  This groundbreaking report is the first independent report of its kind to involve in-person interviews with representatives of almost all the religious minority

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Egyptian Minister to Christians: security at risk, reduce visits and celebrations in churches

Cairo - Egypt is under attack by forces wishing to destabilize the Country, and among the security measures promoted by State apparatus there is also the advice to Christians to reduce visits and celebrations in churches and Monasteries, avoiding in this emergency phase to gather conspicuous crowds at places of worship and prayer. The suggestion was expressed in person by

June 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

New nominations / appointments in the Latin Patriarchate

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Diocesan Offices and Parishes issued a statement signed by Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Most Rev. Pierebatista Pizzabala, containing new nominations/ appointments in the Latin Patriarchate effective August 15, 2017. Source: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

For Iraqi priest, the first Christian refugees will return home in Karemlash, in the Nineveh Plain

Fr Paul talks about the town’s reconstruction by local workers. The plan will first deal with houses with minor damages. If the aid continues, the work should continue "smoothly", but more money is needed to rebuild the most damaged houses. “We shall rise again when we return to Karemlash,” many residents say. Erbil (AsiaNews) – “God willing”, the return of

June 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Detroit’s Chaldean bishop responds to deportation of Iraqi Christians

Bishop Francis Kalabat, the Chaldean Catholic bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit, described the federal government’s immigration roundup of dozens of Detroit-area Iraqi Christians as “a very strange and painful day for our community in America.” “With the many Chaldeans that were awakened by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and consequently picked up for deportation,

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Young Iraqi girl whom ISIS abducted three years ago reunited with family

An Iraqi Christian girl, who was kidnapped by ISIS in northern Iraq three years ago when she was just 3, has been reunited with her family. Christina Abada was welcomed back by family and other well-wishers Friday after she was rescued and released by Iraqi Special Forces. She was only 3 when she was abducted as she and her family

June 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

“We must act quickly if Christianity is to survive in Middle East” Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal service organization, has launched a massive nationwide advertising campaign to spread awareness and raise funds for the plight of Middle East Christians as they are persecuted by the Islamic State terror group. “We must act and act quickly if Christianity is to survive in the Middle East,” said Supreme Knight Carl

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