The Patriarch of the Chaldeans: ‘To extirpate the very roots of jihadism’


During the Synod on the Family the date was announced, following the wishes of Pope Francis, that the consistory already envisaged for 20 October would be on the Middle East. The Patriarch of the Chaldeans, H.B. Louis Sako, explains to Oasis what is expected of it. By Marialaura Conte Interview with H.B. Louis Sako, the Patriarch of Baghdad of the Chaldeans. That the truth of the tragedy being experienced by Christians in the Middle East is listened to and at the same time what each member of the synod can do … Continue reading

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts


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

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

Terror and statistics


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

Act now before it’s too late


“If the situation does not change, the whole world should take responsibility [for] a slow genocide of an entire component ofIraqi society and its age-old culture.” – Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad By John Pontifex IRAQ’S most senior Christian leader has declared that the US and the EU have a moral obligation to flush out jihadist forces from the Nineveh plains and enable communities to return to their ancestral homes. In a statement today (Wednesday, 13th August 2014), Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad calls … Continue reading

Where are Iraqis fleeing to?


From one day to another they became refugees. The Iraqi region of Kurdistan has been welcoming minorities who lost it all amid violence and persecution. They were able to escape from extremists who want to impose an Islamic State at all costs. They’re considered part of the lucky ones who survived, but it’s hard to escape that dark chapter. FANNI Iraqi refugee “Families with children and babies are still out in the mountains. They were planning on staying four days, but there was nothing to eat, just wheat from the … Continue reading

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


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


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

The Current Situation in Iraq


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

Increasing violence in Iraq


Ten days ago I wrote about the increasing violence in Iraq. It was before Mosul and many other cities were taken by the terrorists. What was going on was nothing compared to what happened next. But it was something we were expecting. I publish the post so it is clearer. The final conclusion gains more value. As we say: facts cannot be denied with words. It is unbelievable (or not) that the west is still denying their responsibility in Iraq’s debacle. They have the nerve to not accept their responsibilities … Continue reading