“They had to leave at night, under the cover of darkness”

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Archbishop Bashar Warda’s Address to the General Synod of the Anglican Church “For the Chaldean Church, and our sister churches of the East, the persecution our community is enduring is doubly painful and severe” LONDON, February 11, 2015 (Zenit.org) – The following is the address given by Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, Iraq to the General Synod of Anglican Bishops in London. * * * Your Graces, Members of Synod, Thank you very much for inviting me to the General Synod of the Church of England. I am grateful … Continue reading

Donations for Iraq’s refugees

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Two parishes, one in USA and the other in Italy have collected money, which they sent us for the refugees. The total donation they sent was $10,000. A community of sisters in Peru also donated some money for the Iraqi displaced people. We want to thank them for such beautiful gesture. Such Christian communities who showed readiness to help the needy ones reflects an act of love, charity and solidarity; they prove that they are alive! They follow Christ’s example who “takes pity on them”. They are helping Christ himself … Continue reading

Apostolic Mission in the Green Zone

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The Latin Church in Iraq has lost tens of thousands members in the war and after the war. Before the invasion there were here around 60.000 Christian foreign workers who were evacuated or left on their own. Most of them were from Arab countries working here and sending part of their salaries to their families abroad. After the war some workers started coming again but mostly diplomats or employees of big security and energy companies. Foreign blue collar workers are nowadays mostly in the safer areas like Kurdistan or the … Continue reading

After pilot’s heinous execution, Jordan’s Christians pray for religious harmony

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Amman, Jordan, Feb 4, 2015 / 05:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State’s gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for prayer and religious and national unity. Father Rifat Bader, general director of the Jordan-based Catholic Center for Studies and Media, said the Christian churches of Jordan conveyed their “deep sorrow and sadness” over Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh’s execution, which Fr. Bader characterized as a “martyrdom” and a “heinous crime against humanity.” He said the churches called for all their bells to … Continue reading

Iraq Bishop To Speak at UK Parliament

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Rome, January 29, 2015 (Zenit.org) John Pontifex Archbishop Bashar Warda Will Discuss Relief Efforts For Persecuted Christians An Archbishop from Kurdish northern Iraq grappling with the influx of more than 120,000 Christians fleeing ISIS is to come to London to plead their cause. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil is due to give an address in London’s Houses of Parliament on Monday, 9th February amid increasing concerns about the future of Christians who escaped from Mosul and Nineveh with no more than the clothes they were wearing. At the House of Lords … Continue reading

My greetings to all these magician-clowns from Baghdad

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Our friend Pimpa is sending us this thanking message from Italy. We are the ones who have to thank him for all what he did! Blessings to Pimpa!   The faces of these “adult”-children marked by a sense of coldness and gloom for their fleeing their houses,persecution, are actually still alive, becoming the simplest reason of joy. Simple like seeing a plate of soup, Simple like wearing new shoes, Simple like drinking a glass of water. My greetings to all these magician-clowns from Baghdad, grown ups and children. You are … Continue reading

Papal Envoy: Iraqi Christians Might Be Able to Return Home This Year

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Says Both Church and Political Leaders Hoping for a Visit From Pope Francis ROME, January 21, 2015 (Zenit.org) – This report is contributed by Oliver Maksan of Aid to the Church in Need. The Vatican’s diplomatic representative in Iraq, Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, is cautiously optimistic that the Christians driven out of northern Iraq by the Islamic State might be able to return to their homes sometime this year. He told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, however, that the process will be most challenging—even aside from the … Continue reading

Christmas’ Mass with the Refugees

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This Christmas we celebrated three masses more than we normally do every year. Two in English (I’ll talk about it in another post) and one in Arabic for the refugees staying in St. Joseph school. The third one was a very special mass because it was celebrated for the displaced people in the school, those who live in very difficult conditions. It was also special because of the Holy Father’s beautiful message he sent for the Christians in the Middle East. Pope Francis sent a message to be read during … Continue reading