Displaced Iraqi Christians look forward to a safe Iraq to return to

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:25

After Iraqi Christian Riyad Hazem found himself and his family refugees, ending up in Jordan, he seeks asylum in a Western country to feel safe again.

The 42-year-old father of two said Christians in the city of Mosul were subjected to a great threat following the fall of the city to the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

Pope: All means to be used to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Iraq

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 23:04

Pope Francis launches another appeal to ask that “all means be used to solve the humanitarian crisis” in Iraq, in a letter signed on the 8th of August and delivered in the past few days to the Iraqi President Fuad Masum by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Pope’s personal envoy in the Middle Eastern country. In the letter, the Argentinean Pope reiterates his “pain” for “the brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities”. Cardinal Filoni, who arrived back in Rome last night, was received in an audience with the Pope today, in order to report on the mission.

Elderly Iraqi Christians defy terrorists, flee to camp

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:24

A group of 11 sick, disabled and elderly Iraqi Christians — including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer — defied terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam or be beheaded, saying they preferred death to giving up their faith.

The united resistance prompted the Islamic State extremists to drop their demands and order the Christians to immediately leave their village of Karamless after first robbing them of their possessions, according to one of the survivors.

Faith, prayer sources of strength for slain US journalist, his family

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:43

In April 2013, the parents of slain US journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria.

Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it -- he had missed one of his usual phone calls home -- and once they knew for sure, the couple said they were relying on their Catholic faith to cope and leaning on prayer to bring him home.

"Her five sisters taken by ISIS to be sold or worse"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:30

When word reached Hanifa and her family that the fighters of the so-called Islamic State were approaching their village, they knew they would have to flee, and fast. The fanatics were coming on like a storm sweeping through the desert, and Yazidis like Hanifa's family were the special targets of their hateful fury.

Pope: “Christ does not destroy cultures”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:36

“Christ does not destroy cultures”, but “fights and defeats the Devil, who sows discord between man and man, population and population”. Pope Francis has devoted his words during the weekly general audience in the Vatican to his recent trip to Korea (13-18 August), praying again for reconciliation in the Asian peninsula.

“I’d go to China tomorrow”: Pope Francis’ new beginning

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:39

Pope Francis prayed for a long time for the “beautiful and noble Chinese people, a wise people”, while the airplane that took him to Seoul flew over China. He said so himself in his conversation with journalists during the return flight to Rome, after the positive and intense days he spent in Korea, when he was asked about the relationship with the People’s Republic of China and his willingness to visit the country.

Caritas Jordan welcomes Iraqi refugees

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:15

The US army left Iraq in 2011 with no clear strategy or solid security measurements that were likely to safeguard the “Democratic gains” that Iraqis aspired to achieve as a result of toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime. Evidently, Shite-led Iraqi former government did not learn from the sectarian strife that marginalized one sect at the expense of other.

"A chilling warning to the West"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:05

The Italian journal, Corriere della Sera, published August 9 the statement of the exiled Chaldean Archeparch of Mosul, Amel Nona. The statement is brief and exceedingly powerful. Christians have been in Mosul for 1700 years. They are driven out or killed by the new Islamic State following the principles of its own founding.

Fighting the 'convert or die' caliphate in Iraq

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 08/19/2014 - 12:34

All over the world, millions of innocent people are facing persecution, imprisonment, and even death because of their religious beliefs.

In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory, according to the State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom. And the trend in 2014 is only getting worse.