Syria, more than 20 thousand foreign fighters have joined the jihad


The number of volunteers who have joined the militias of the Islamic State has increased at an “unprecedented” rate. They come from more than 90 nations worldwide, at least 3,400 from the West (150 from the United States). A carefully masterminded propaganda and an “alienated” life are the main factors which lead many to join the jihadists. Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) – In the last period the number of foreign militants arriving in Syria via Turkey to join the jihad has increased at an “unprecedented” rate. Worldwide more than 20 … Continue reading

The children of Mosul and the future: the “five-star” refugee camp


de Bernardo Cervellera In the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children’s choir. Fr. Douglas: “Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations … The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope.” Erbil (AsiaNews) – Before lunch we visit the refugee camp of the parish of Mar Elias, which is not Elijah the prophet, but … Continue reading

Audience with Pope Francis

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Fr. Jorge Cortés, IVE missionary in Iraq, was received, together with Fr. Carlos Walker, Superior General of the IVE, in a private audience by the Holy Father on Saturday, November 15th. Fr. Jorge recounted about the meeting: “The Pope greeted us standing, very close to the door through which we had entered. After we had genuflected and kissed his ring, he thanked us for the work that we are doing in Iraq. I said that we were the ones who were thankful; we thanked him for his concern and interest … Continue reading

The Chaldean Patriarch: from Iraqi Premier full support to the Christian communities


Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) – A commitment, explicit and personal, to take charge of the defense of the Christian community in Iraq has been expressed by the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al Abadi, in the afternoon of Sunday, November 2 in a meeting with the leaders of the Christian Churches in Baghdad. This was reported to Agenzia Fides by Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis I, who led the delegation of Bishops and prelates received by the Premier. “In the 40-minute talk – says to Fides the Primate of the Chaldean Church … Continue reading

‘Don’t abandon us’ – Church in Mosul ‘no longer exists’


By Carl Bunderson Mosul, Iraq, Oct 23, 2014 / 04:21 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd. “When we were in Erbil, we met with the Archbishop of Mosul, who along with his priests and all of the faithful of the archdiocese, have been driven out,” Archbishop Coakley told CNA in an Oct. 16 interview. “He is, in effect, … Continue reading

I am Nazarene, Christian For Iraq, are you? – Relief Fund for Persecuted Christians in Iraq


A Crowdfunding campaign has been launched on Indiegogo to raise at least $1 million to provide humanitarian aid for persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq. This campaign is a joint effort of La Filotea Productions, Inc., a lay Catholic organization, and two Catholic religious orders, the Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives (The Trinitarians) and the Institute of the Incarnate Word. Tax deductible contributions will be received directly by the Order of The Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives which will collaborate with the Institute of the Incarnate Word which has a mission in Baghdad and will distribute the funds in Iraq. Funds will be used to provide food, drinking water, shelter, clothing, medical aid, and other basic necessities. The crowdfunding campaign will run for six weeks, beginning on October 14, 2014 and ending on November 24 and can be found at  #iamnazarene #soynazareno #saveMEChristian.

Kidnapped Franciscan priest in Syria released by militants


Aleppo, Syria, Oct 9, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Custody of the Holy Land announced Thursday that the Franciscan priest who was abducted in Syria by rebels over the weekend has been released, and is under house arrest at the convent in his town. “Fr. Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning,” the Custody of the Holy Land said in an Oct. 9 statement, adding that “he is under House Arrest” at the convent of Qunaya. Fr. Jallouf, O.F.M., is 62 and a Syrian native. He was kidnapped … Continue reading

The Cross fecundates everything it touches


“The Cross fecundates everything it touches! May God bless the children! Fr. Luis Montes, IVE San Esteban School, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. The cross is full of flowers symbolizing every small or big sacrifice made by the students to join in their pain our persecuted brothers in Iraq, in the Gaza strip and in the world. Giving up hours of TV, controlling tantrums, eating something they don’t like, paying attention when it’s hard, working hard and many rosaries with the family are given with love to Jesus for every  persecuted … Continue reading