No more war and violations of human rights!


“At stake are fundamental principles such as the value of life, human dignity, religious freedom and the harmonious and peaceful coexistence between persons and between peoples.”   Vatican City, October 06, 2014 ( | 81 hits Here below is a press release issued by the Vatican on the Oct. 2-4 meeting of the Apostolic Nuncios in the Middle East with some superiors of the Roman Curia. *** No more war and violations of human rights! At the wish of the Holy Father, the Papal Representatives present in the Middle East … Continue reading

The end of Marian month


31st of May was the end of Marian month and we celebrated it with a mass at 5:30 pm and a procession after it, we went from the church to the Virgin’s statue that’s in the Cathedral’s garden. The procession left from the altar, Father Jorge was carrying the Virgin’s icon, Mother of God, with the Holy Child in her arms. While walking through the main aisle all the people were reaching their hands to try to touch the icon. The choir was singing a popular song to the Virgin … Continue reading

Daughters of the Virgin Mary, our Lady of Mount Carmel


We have received the request to tell about other missionaries in this loved country. Here is the first chapter. The Daughters of the Virgin Mary, our Lady of Mount Carmel, is a Public Association of the Faithful, founded by Father Ghadir, an Iraqi Carmelite priest in 2001. The Daughters of Mary are consecrated lay women who profess poverty, chastity and obedience, and live the Carmelite spirituality. They can live in community or in their own homes. Similarly to Saint Paul (the Apostle) they work to make a living. (But) what … Continue reading

How are we? – News from Baghdad


News from Baghdad When we are asked how we are, we find it difficult to explain our situation. On the one hand we live in a country where – according to some estimates – there are over 20 attacks per day. The danger is real and is just around any corner. Just as an example: the other day a woman came to give thanks for her son. The youth was traveling by bus within the city and got off at his destination. At that moment a bomb exploded inside the … Continue reading

Defending Christianity in the Middle East (Part 1)


Rome, November 26, 2013 ( Junno Arocho Esteves Defending Christianity in the Middle East. “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians.” This was the call made by Pope Francis last week during an audience with participants of the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches. Prior to that audience, the Holy Father met with the Patriarchs and Major Archbishops of the Middle East to discuss the violent situations faced by many in countries such as Syria and Iraq. Attacks targeted toward Christians have caused many to flee … Continue reading

Minorities face religious liberty threats worldwide, experts say


Minorities face religious liberty threats worldwide. Washington D.C., Nov 18, 2013 / 05:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Members of minority religious communities, particularly Christians in the Middle East, face grave persecution around the world, religious freedom experts warn. “There are parts of the world today where to be a Christian is to put your life in danger. From continent to continent, Christians are facing discrimination, ostracism, torture, even murder, simply for the faith they follow,” said Baroness Sayeeda Warsi in a Nov. 14 article in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. … Continue reading

Pope Francis: “We Must Not Resign Ourselves to Thinking of a Middle East Without Christians”


Pope Francis: “We Must Not Resign Ourselves to Thinking of a Middle East Without Christians” Appeals for Respect to Profess Ones Faith During Meeting With Congregation for Oriental Churches VATICAN CITY, November 21, 2013 ( – Early this afternoon, the Holy Father met with participants of the Plenary Assembly of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches who are gathered in Rome from November 19-22nd. The meeting will reflect on the theme of the magisterium of the Second Vatican Council with regard to the Christian East. After the opening address by … Continue reading

Christian Churches in Arab countries


Excerpts from Bishop Maroun Lahham contribution to the Provincial Council of the Salesian Sisters where he talks about the reality of the local churches in Arab countries. Autochthonous churches Many people are surprised to learn that Arab Christian do exist, and that these are fundamentally Arab and not Muslims who have abandoned their religion. I do not wish to analyze this aspect, but the fact is that our countries have no Christianity right from its birth. Our countries had mainly become Christian even before the end of the first century. … Continue reading

Iraq in the Holy Scriptures


Iraq in the Holy Scriptures. Iraq has been blessed by God when included in very important events in the history of salvation. Earthly Paradise We can say that it is here where the story begins. Indeed in the current Iraq are two rivers that are mentioned in the garden where Adam and Eve were created: “A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers (…) and the name of the third river is Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth … Continue reading

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world,


Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf. “We bishops, as shepherds of one of the most richly blessed communities of faith on the planet, as pastors who have spoken with enthusiastic unity in defense of our own religious freedom, must become advocates and champions for these Christians whose lives hang in the balance, as we dare not allow our laudable battles over … Continue reading