Islamic State Militants Using Churches as Prisons

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Military Offensive Could Lead to Destruction of Ancient Chaldean Churches Rome, December 03, 2014 (Zenit.org) Churches in Mosul have been converted into prisons by jihadists of the Islamic State according to an Iraqi news website.   Fides News Agency reported that recently detainees were taken, blindfolded and handcuffed to the Chaldean Church of the Immaculate Conception, in eastern Mosul. There are also reports that a monastery in the city named St. George’s has been transformed into a female detention center stoking fears that women will be “forced to suffer sexual … Continue reading

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

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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

Adopt a Christian from Mosul

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The head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that “this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences. Rome (AsiaNews) – “It is truly worthwhile to adopt a Christian persecuted and driven out of his home because of Christ”, … Continue reading

Chaldean nuns kidnapped in Mosul are set free

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After 17 days in captivity, Islamist rebels freed two Chaldean nuns and three young Iraqis in Mosul. Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako told the Vatican’s Fides agency the two women, Sisters Miskinta and Atur Joseph, are now safe, along with the two young women and a boy, who were kidnapped with them. He added that ISIS militants had not mistreated the nuns, and that all five constantly prayed for peace in Iraq, during their captivity. Patriarch Sako also confirmed that the Church did not pay a ransom to free the group. … Continue reading