Churches in Mosul are used as prisons by Caliphate jihadists

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 15:21

“Some churches in Mosul have been transformed into places of detention by jihadists of the Islamic State (IS), who have laid down laws in the northern city of Iraq since June 9,” Fides news agency reports.

“In particular, according to sources reported by the local news website, in recent days some detainees, who were blindfolded and handcuffed, were transferred to the ancient Chaldean church of the Immaculate Conception, in the eastern part of the city.”

“In the mosque I prayed to the Lord for these wars to stop!”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/01/2014 - 18:07

n the interview Pope Francis gave on the return flight to Rome, he spoke about interreligious dialogue, asking political leaders, scholars and Muslim religious figures to speak out against fundamentalist terrorism. Regarding unity between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, he said that “uniatism” is not the way forward. “I want to go to Iraq“ and “I would like to meet the Patriarch of Moscow”.

A new path for unity

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/28/2014 - 22:30

A common declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew on the issues of ecology and poverty would be natural is foreseeable for the future, a theological advisor of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Costantinople told CNA November 28.

“Today, there is no excuse for indifference or inaction. A joint response between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew can prove both powerful and permanent,” said Fr. John Chrissavgis, who works for the partriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Churches.

“Fanaticism and fundamentalism need to be countered with solidarity”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/28/2014 - 22:09

In his address to Turkey’s political leaders, Francis recalled the role and responsibility the country has in maintaining peace in the region and called for equal rights and duties for the country’s religious minorities. “We’re on the same page when it comes to the fight against terrorism,” Erdoğan stated.

Iraq and Syria: “Religious minorities suffer barbaric violence”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 11/28/2014 - 22:02

During his visit to the Diyanet, Turkey’s Presidency of Religious Affairs, Francis called for mutual respect and friendship among religious leaders, as these values “represent a clear message” to “respective communities”. The Pope condemned the acts of “extremist and fundamentalist group”, ISIS.