The faith that has been in Iraq 2,000 years ‘cannot disappear so easily’

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 9, 2015 / 12:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Emil Nona is the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, the Iraqi city overrun by the Islamic State last summer. Since then, he has brought the voice of the Christians of Iraq to the West. "For us the faith is everything. It is our life, our identity, our history and our way of life. We can't separate ourselves from our faith in any way," Archbishop Nona told CNA. "Our faith, which has been in this land for more than … [Read more...]

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In Jordan, Church works to assist refugees, protect youth from extremism

Amman, Jordan, Jan 8, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- For years the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a haven for refugees from Iraq. However, a critical limit is in view as the country is also forced to accommodate a huge, and growing, influx of refugees fleeing ongoing war and violence in Syria. Along with Lebanon, the country is threatened by chaos, as the hundreds of thousands of Christians and Muslims from both Syria and Iraq may swampt Jordan’s capacity to cope … [Read more...]

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Iraqi Christians say there’s no going home after rise of Islamic State

Amman, Jordan, Jan 7, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many Christian refugees they must forever leave their homeland. “No, we will never go back,” Taif Hanna, an engineer from Mosul, told reporters in Amman Oct. 28. “ISIS tried to kill us,” he said. The militant group offered three choices: conversion to Islam, payment of an extortionate tax, or … [Read more...]

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Iraqi Christians say there’s no going home after rise of Islamic State

Amman, Jordan, Jan 7, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many Christian refugees they must forever leave their homeland. “No, we will never go back,” Taif Hanna, an engineer from Mosul, told reporters in Amman Oct. 28. “ISIS tried to kill us,” he said. The militant group offered three choices: conversion to Islam, payment of an extortionate tax, or … [Read more...]

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In Zimbabwe, poverty is the Church’s biggest enemy

Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, Dec 30, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Felix Tachiona Mukaro is disappointed in his country’s politicians, as many Zimbabweans are, saying they are more concerned with power than the peoples' poverty. “All they care about is influence and power, not the country itself or the fact that the economy is in shambles and people don’t know how they are supposed to make it through the day,” he said in a recent interview with international … [Read more...]

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In refugee limbo, Iraqi Christians keep the faith

Amman, Jordan, Dec 29, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Threatened by forced conversion or death at the hands of the Islamic State, many Iraqi Christians have had to flee their homes – but one refugee family sheltered at a Jordanian church has declared their continued faith. “We are nearly every day going to the church here. We are praying. Still we have the faith,” Dr. Imad Ibraheem Daood, a 47-year-old surgeon and father of four, told CNA Oct. 28. “We lost many … [Read more...]

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Catholic refugee relief opens hearts in Syria

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 26, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. “The Church is a very big player in the humanitarian efforts,” said Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso, the pontifical council’s secretary. “The fact that we are helping the whole … [Read more...]

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