Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, ‘no one is angry at God’

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By Oliver Maksan Erbil, Iraq, Jan 11, 2015 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. “May God make things easy for you in your lives.” Home for Suheila is the Sports Club Center in Ankawa, where more than 200 Christian families from Bakhdida (Qaraqosh) have found shelter in mobile homes: “This is really a big improvement. I’m grateful for it. But in general, … Continue reading

New jihadist blackmail for Christians in Mosul: If you do not pay, your houses will be blown up

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Mosul (Agenzia Fides) – Several Christian refugees from the city of Mosul reveal that they have been blackmailed by self-styled militants of the Islamic State, who have threatened to blow up their houses from which they were forced to flee if they are not willing to promptly pay a sum of money. The recurrence of this type of blackmail by phone, denounced by the victims to the www.ankawa.com arabic site, is just the latest of the violence suffered by those who fled Mosul after the second city fell under the … Continue reading

Facing Boko Haram, Nigerians ‘storm the heavens with prayers’

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(CNA/EWTN News).- Boko Haram’s expansion has meant murders, forced conversion, and forcible expulsion from homes, causing Catholics in Nigeria to pray and to reach out to help and console the militant Islamist group’s victims. “Brothers and sisters, there is no better time to storm the heavens with prayers and petitions than now,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos said during a national prayer pilgrimage Nov. 13-14. Thousands of people have recently lost their homes and their loved ones due to Boko Haram, he said. “Our darling innocent school girls from Chibok … Continue reading

Pope Francis meets with Middle East Nuncios to discuss Jihadist violence

 

Pope Francis is still concerned about violence in the Middle East. He called the Apostolic Nuncios and other pontifical representatives in the region to meet him at the Vatican. For two days, they will discuss how the Church can continue to help Christians and other persecuted minorities in the area.

The Presidents of the Dicasteries involved with the region also attended the meeting, along with the permanent observers of the Holy See to the UN and the Apostolic Nuncio to the European Union.

Pope Francis greeted them one by one. He then listened to all the information brought by the representatives of Syria and Iraq. The President of the Pontifical Council ‘Cor Unum’, Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, explained how the Church is trying to tackle the suffering of the refugees.

Terrorism worries Pope Francis. He pointed out that arms trafficking may be one of its roots.

This round of meetings will finish on Saturday October 4. Their theme is ‘The Presence of Christians in the Middle East.’

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As winter approaches, Christian and Yazidi refugees who fled IS could freeze to death

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Christian, Yazidi and other refugees in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq who fled Islamic State terrorists now face a freezing winter with temperatures of 35 to 55 degrees and few resources to sustain them. “Winter is upon them, and it is already cold at nights, but they don’t have anywhere to go,” Juliana Taimoorazy, president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council told the National Catholic Register. “This is a human tragedy unfolding in front of our eyes, and not enough is happening. The refugee camps are already affected by … Continue reading

Islamic State has destroyed the “Green Church”, a symbol of the Christian roots of Iraq

The famed “Green Church” in Tikrit, Iraq was reduced to ashes. Militants from the Islamic State surrounded the church with explosives and detonated. The church was a historical monument that was built 700 years after Christ. The militants are scorching the Christian roots of the Middle East.

At the same time, the constant stream of refugees continues to grow and the humanitarian crisis is multiplying.

Turkey is now receiving thousands of displaced people. The country opened its borders to allow more than 130,000 refugees escaping the violence.

 

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“It is the biggest influx that Turkey has seen so far, and the needs are urgent and so big, most of them are women and children. We are trying to do as much as we can co-ordinating with the officials here but it is really not enough”.

The refugees carry the few belongings they were able to salvage before fleeing the fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish soldiers.

They made the journey in exhausting conditions. This woman and 16 of her relatives were able to reach the border safe and sound. Although 8 months pregnant, she carried a baby in her arms.

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“We were all terrified and we fled our houses because of the bombs. Every night we would come and sleep here at the border and then go back to our houses a bit in the morning, all our children are sick, what can we do? May God help us.”

Recently, the Islamic State has taken over more than 60 cities in northern Syria, close to the Turkish border.

Pope Francis will be traveling to Turkey from November 29th – 30th where the Chaldean Christian community has experienced a notable growth with the arrival of thousands of Iraqi refugees.

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“Iraq: A Country of Martyrs”

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Interview with Fr Luis Montes*, IVE to the information service of the Holy See Foundation “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN). Original link of the news: https://www.ain-es.org/fichaNoticias/detalleNoticia.aspx?identificador=2469   Father Luis Montes, a missionary priest of the Institute of the Incarnate Word welcomes in his parish the Christian refugees who are fleeing from ISIS militants Father Luis Montes is a missionary priest of the Order of the Incarnate Word in the Community “Christ the King” in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital. He arrived to the Middle East from his native Argentina … Continue reading

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

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Baghdad, Iraq, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and will continue inspiring future believers for generations. “The number of martyrs the Middle East is giving to the world is amazing. It is not well known but it will be in many years, and we will speak of them like we do of the acts of the martyrs of the early years of Christianity,” Father Luis Montes told Christian charity … Continue reading

How donations are been distributed

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Many people has written to us asking who are we and how have been distributed the donations they send us, so here is the answer to have everything clear. People who read our blog know that we are two Argentinean priests belonging to the Institute of the Incarnate Word who are blogging and managing the facebook page. Fr. Jorge Cortes IVE, the community’s superior, is also the Dioceses’ Vicar. Fr. Luis Montes iVE, is Baghdad’s Latin Cathedral “St. Joseph and Saint Therese of Child Jesus” parish priest. They both arrived … Continue reading

Latin Patriarchate Appeals for Donations on Behalf of Iraqi Christians

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Warns That Christianity in Iraq is Being “Wiped Out” By Staff Reporter JERUSALEM, August 25, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has appealed for donations to help thousands of Iraqi Christians who have been forced to leave their homeland by the Islamic State. In a communique issued Friday, the general administrator of the patriarchate, Father Imad Twal, said the country’s Christians are “really struggling” to obtain the basic necessities of life, and need funds to educate their children and to travel. “This is one of the worst displacements … Continue reading