Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Erbil, Iraq, Aug 29, 2014 / 09:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians and other religious minorities who have fled areas in Iraq that have fallen under Islamic State control are now helping one another to survive as refugees, an aid worker said. “They themselves have been displaced and they’re going around caring for those who are in need, who are in situations like they are,” Todd Daniels, International Christian Concern regional manager for the Middle East, told CNA Aug. … [Read more...]

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Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

Rome, Italy, Aug 26, 2014 / 02:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to meet their needs, an aid worker on the ground in Kurdistan said. Kris Ozar, head of programming for Catholic Relief Service Egypt, has been traveling back and forth from Erbil, where CRS is working to help the refugees there who are in great need. Ozar voiced concern that public authorities lack a plan … [Read more...]

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Baghdad bishop: Take a ‘real’ challenge by praying

Baghdad, Iraq, Aug 25, 2014 / 04:24 pm (CNA).- A bishop in Baghdad is challenging the faithful across the world to join in 30 minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Aug. 26 for peace in Iraq and for refugees of violence in the country. Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Saad Sirop Hanna of Baghdad issued the challenge in a video posted to Facebook. “It started days ago, when people from different countries in the world started to challenge each other,” he said, in an apparent … [Read more...]

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Orthodox patriarch denounces ISIS violence, stresses dialogue

Istanbul, Turkey, Aug 25, 2014 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, calling for dialogue and immediate humanitarian aid. “Such calamity and cruelty of adherents to one religion can never be defended by cowardly and falsely invoking another religion,” said the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. “Such brutal acts are categorically unacceptable and … [Read more...]

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Boko Haram kidnap dozens in attack on village

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Aug 23, 2014 / 03:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Locals in Baga, Nigeria say the town is one of the latest targets of Boko Haram’s attacks, while a group of soldiers say they will not fight the militants until they have more adequate equipment. Residents of the isolated village on the shore of Lake Chad in Borno, Nigeria's northeasternmost state, told the BBC that the radical Islamist group swept through on Aug. 10, killing 26 people and kidnapping 50 … [Read more...]

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Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution

Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their medals that identify them as … [Read more...]

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Iraqi bishop warns that West will suffer from Islamism

Erbil, Iraq, Aug 19, 2014 / 06:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has warned that Christians around the world would face suffering from Islamists as his diocese has, and decisions that challenge the underpinnings of Western political ideas. "Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future," Archbishop Emil Nona told Italian daily Corriere della Sera Aug. 9 from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi … [Read more...]

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