A Party for the Refugees


On December 27th the consecrated women, “the Daughters of Our Lady of Carmel” organized in our cathedral a party for the school’s refugees. After the several donations made by the churches of Baghdad, organizations, and people in general before Christmas to the displaced people, which were mostly clothes, they were able to be dressed much better because they had really very little when they were forced to leave their houses and come here. Of course, the day started with the holy mass during which they sang the Our Father in … Continue reading

My mission among the sufferings of the Iraqi brothers


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

The Story of Christian Refugees’ Escape from Mosul


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

No to terrorism


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

Children in war


The report “Children in war” of the International Committee of the Red Cross, issued in November 2009 says: Conflict increases the vulnerability of those who are already vulnerable, especially children. A child needs a family and a community that provide a nurturing and protective environment. The effects of war on the young can be devastating. But the resilience of boys and girls must not be underestimated. Well-targeted care can help them recover, cease to be victims of war, and take possession of their lives. And later on, talking about restoring … Continue reading