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Christianity as We Know it in Iraq is Being Wiped Out PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:59

While a small number of Christians have inhabited Iraq for over 2,000 years, the multiple political conflicts and changes in Iraq have resulted in their displacement and emigration.

However, the taking control of Sinjar and Mosul Dam in northern Iraq by theISIS jihadists has led hundreds of thousands of religious minorities,among which were about one hundred thousand Christians, to leave their homes.

Armenian Community in Palestine Celebrates Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 15:27

Armenian Christians in Palestine celebrated Christmas and the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday with parades in the streets of Bethlehem. The Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem, Mourhan Manouagian, arrived in Bethlehem around noon. 

Manouagian was welcomed by Palestinian Authority Minister of Tourism Rula Maaya, Bethlehem governor Jibrin al-Bakri, Bethlehem mayor Vera Baboun, director of Bethlehem police Alaa Shalabi, and President Mahmoud Abbas' advisor for Christian affairs Ziad al-Bandak.

Holy Land Coordination Indulged Over The Case of Cremisan PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:16

altBEIT JALA – Bishops of Holy Land Coordination went on Tuesday 13 January 2015 on a sightseeing in Cremisan Valley to get updated on the development of the project of the Separation Wall, due to separate fifty Palestinian and Christian families from their lands.

Located along the borders of Beit Jala, occupied in 1967, Cremisan Valley welcomed on Tuesday 16 prelates from Holy Land Coordination, coming from Europe, North America and South Africa. They were received by Fr Faysal Hijazeen, Administrator of Beit Jala Parish, accompanied by the lawyer of Society St Yves who defends the cause of Cremisan, in presence of representatives of land owners, one of them being Ricardo Hani, present as well as of British Consul General.

The Bishops' Holy Land Coordination Visit the Cremisan Valley PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:37

The 16 Bishops of the Holy Land Coordination – body that brings together Bishops and representatives of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe and North America are visiting Palestine and Israel and on Tuesday, January 13th reached the Cremisan Valley, at the center of a long legal dispute between the owners of the land and the Israeli authorities.
During the visit the Bishops were welcomed by Fr. Faisal Hijazin, pastor of Beit Jala, and exchanged views with lawyer Raffoul al-Mutawakkil of the Society of St. Yves - body for the protection of human rights connected to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem - and with some of the 58 owners of agricultural land threatened by the continuation of the work. The route of the security wall in the Cremnisan valley jeopardizes also the spiritual and educational work carried out by two Salesian religious institutes.

Don't Use Religion as a Weapon of War, Pope Francis Insists PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 18:38

In an oft-repeated message to interreligious groups, Pope Francis stressed again that believers must unite in condemning violence and insist that religion never be used to justify warfare.

“For the sake of peace, religious beliefs must never be allowed to be abused in the cause of violence and war,” the Pope told Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian leaders during his Jan. 12-15 trip to Sri Lanka.

Chaldean Patriarchate: No "Approval" from The Patriarch to The Emigration of Christians in Germany and Canada PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:50

With an official statement the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans denies the allegations circulated online that Patriarch Louis Raphael I granted his approval to the emigration of 13 thousand Iraqi Chaldean Christians in Canada and Germany. These strange statements - reads the statement, issued by the official media of the Patriarchate and also sent to Agenzia Fides - turn out to be completely unfounded. Regarding the emigration of Christians from Iraq, the Patriarchate endorses the position already expressed on other occasions: whoever decides to leave the Country torn by sectarian conflicts and destabilized by the creation of the Islamic Caliphate, does it in full freedom.

International Delegation of Bishops Visit Gaza, for Archbishop Fontana "A Devastated Situation" PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 January 2015 16:58

The group of 16 Bishops who make up the Holy Land Coordination (Hlc), a body that brings together Bishops and representatives of the Episcopal Conferences of Europe and North America (see Fides 07/01/2015), began their visit to Palestine and Israel with the sufferings and hopes of the people of Gaza.

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