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

My mission among the sufferings of the Iraqi brothers

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Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) – Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who returned from Iraq last night after his visit as personal envoy of Pope Francis, met the Pope this morning to inform him about the mission entrusted to him.  In the following interview, the Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation told Fides Agency about the meetings and impressions that marked the days spent in the devastated Middle Eastern CountryEminence, your visit was an emergency humanitarian trip which involved Christians and the other inhabitants of … Continue reading

Terror and statistics

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The number of victims in Iraq is chilling. The damage that is occurring to these lives in this country and ultimately in the world is irreparable. It is a nameless tragedy. Given that the news that you receive is so terrible, yet the reality of it gets lost in the statistics. It’s too big for our mind to comprehend. Therefore I would like to tell you the situation which I heard about today of a family. This is to put a face to the tragedy. Not in the sense that … Continue reading

The Story of Christian Refugees’ Escape from Mosul

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Tens of thousands of Christian refugees from Nineveh province have fled to Ankawa town, Erbil and have settled ina church in the Christian majority town. A Vatican representative expressed his concern of a disaster awaiting the refugees. A BasNews correspondent who visited Nineveh Christian refugees in Ankawa was shown that churches are able to provide basic needs to the refugees in the area. Abdulkarim Bahnam, an older Christian refugee who fled Qaraqush in Nineveh to Ankawa 12 days ago due to the threat posed by Islamic State (IS) militants. “Once … Continue reading

An Appeal to the International Community

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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch and Holy See Envoy to Iraq:An Appeal to the International Community August 17th, 2014 Press Release of the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans The Special Envoy of the Holy Father in Iraq, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, accompanied by Patriarch Sako, by the Apostolic Nuncio, and the local bishops, met with the political authorities of the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan and visited the Christian refugees as well as the Yezidi and others in the provinces of Duhoq and Erbil. They heard about and saw for themselves the tragedy and … Continue reading

The Argentinean priests who are holding on with the Christians in Iraq

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Exclusive interview by María Laura Avignolo   In Iraq, at least 250,000 Christians and Yazidis, one of the oldest sects in the world, are running away by thousands from the beheadings, crucifixions and executions by ISIS, the Islamic Sunni fundamentalists, Army of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Terror was planted with obvious brutality. The atrocities and the escape to the mountains, to the Kurdish areas, by thousands, without anything but what they were wearing, has generated a humanitarian disaster never seen in that country. Around 50,000 Yazidis are … Continue reading

Pope sends letter to UN Secretary General, makes urgent appeal for assistance in Iraq

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Pope Francis is asking the United Nations to take action to stop the violence in Iraq. In a letter addressed to the UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, the Pope makes an urgent appeal for security, peace and assistance to refugees in Northern Iraq. This as Christians and other minorities continue to be targeted and forced out of their homes. In the letter, he also calls on the UN and its member countries to exercise the humanitarian laws in place. Furthermore, he asks for assistance and solidarity to help the displaced … Continue reading

No to terrorism

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The whole world has witnessed with incredulity what is now called the “Restoration of the Caliphate,” which had been abolished on October 29,1923 by Kamal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. Opposition to this “restoration” by the majority of religious institutions and Muslim politicians has not prevented the “Islamic State” jihadists from committing and continuing to commit unspeakable criminal acts. This Pontifical Council, together with all those engaged in interreligious dialogue, followers of all religions, and all men and women of good will, can only unambiguously denounce and condemn these practices … Continue reading

Terrible things have been happening in Iraq in these last days.

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Terrible things have been happening in Iraq in these last days. This is no surprise for us but the conclusion of what has been going on for weeks. Even though Iraq has not been at the center of the media’s attention in the last weeks, this is because of another war (Gaza), but there has been no solution to our conflict. Now, Iraq is again at the center of the world’s attention, for what has been happening is of great concern. This is a brief summary of what has been … Continue reading

The Current Situation in Iraq

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As everyone can notice, the news about Iraq has been reduced to a minimum. Nothing has been solved and the situation is extremely difficult, but Iraq does not “sell” anymore. Now it is Gaza’s turn, and when the infernal wave of violence there passes away, without anything having been resolved, Gaza will also disappear from the news. The official stories told by the media will continue to be this way, when some wars are in fashion for a few days, but in which almost no one thinks about the victims. … Continue reading