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Pope Francis has appealed for a concerted effort to protect Iraqi civilians who are trapped in the embattled city of Mosul after more than 200 civilians were killed in an airstrike. Speaking during the General Audience in St Peter's Square, the Holy Father expressed deep pain for the victims and appealed to all to make every possible effort to protect civilians, which he said is an
A new report due to be published shortly, shows that at least 100 places of worship have been vandalized or completely demolished in the territories of Mosul and Nineveh Province since June 2014, when IS/Darsh imposed their rule in that region. The report is being complied by the Commission on Crimes Committed by IS/Daesh, with information collected by the Kurdish Peshmerga troops who have been liberating the area from the Jihadists. Mariwan Naqshbandi, spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan,
HM the Queen sent a personal message, while Prince Charles was the guest of honour.... Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May, sent a letter to be read out to the congregation in which she spoke of how "the appalling violence that has afflicted so many areas of the Middle East reminds us how fortunate we are to live in a country where different religious beliefs are not only tolerated, but welcomed." Yet that welcome did not extend to Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul or to Timothius Mousa Shamani, Archbishop of St Matthew's...who were refused UK visas to attend the cathedral's consecration in
There are warnings that there could be more than a million Iraqi refugees as the battle for Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, intensifies. Winter in northern Iraq means sub-zero temperatures. Last year several babies living in tents in refugee camps died of hypothermia. In the next few weeks as more refugees arrive aid agencies are extremely concerned that more will die of cold unless they are better equipped. CAFOD's partner Hani El Mahdi, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Iraq Country Representative said: "We are very worried. These large numbers of displaced people are
As Iraqi forces enter the outskirts of Mosul, amid reports of ISIL using families as human shields, Christian Aid is calling for all sides to the fighting to respect international law and allow immediate safe passage for those trapped in the city and seeking to flee. More than 18,000 people have fled since the start of the offensive to retake Mosul two weeks ago from towns in the region, yet the 1.5 million people in the city are prevented from leaving. Iraqi coalition forces have recaptured nearby districts and villages on the march to the city, including the Christian town of Qaraqosh.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, met with refugees from Mosul and the surrounding areas last year on a visit to Erbil. With a concerted push to liberate Mosul and other areas currently underway, Cardinal Nichols said: My prayers are with the people of Mosul as efforts continue to liberate the city and surrounding areas from the tyranny of Daesh. It is vital that protection of civilians, respect for humanitarian conventions and support for those fleeing their homes are at the forefront of this operation.
Pope Francis made an appeal for the safety of citizens trapped inside the embattled Iraqi city of Mosul today. Speaking to the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square for the Angelus, Pope Francis said: "In these dramatic hours, I am close to the entire population of Iraq, especially that of the city of Mosul." He continued: "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that for too long have been perpetrated against innocent citizens: whether they be Muslims, whether they be Christians, or people belonging to other ethnic groups and religions."
As the military operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIL begins, Christian Aid and other aid agencies are preparing for a humanitarian disaster that could push tens of thousands of people from their homes. Up to 1.5 million people could be affected by military operations in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city. The UN has said it will be the single most complex humanitarian operation in the world today. Civilians will be at extreme risk during the military campaign; the UN warns that they could be caught in the cross-fire and used as human shields, while tens of thousands of
A joint statement on the IS occupation of Assyrian villages in north Iraq has been issued by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and the Syriac Catholic Patriarch. The statement calls the actions of ISIS a "criminal act which amounts to an ethno-religious genocide." ISIS captured Mosul on June 10, 2014 and moved into the Nineveh Plain, an Assyrian stronghold in north Iraq, on August 7, causing nearly 200,000 Assyrians to flee their homes and villages. ISIS has also destroyed Assyrian churches, monasteries and archaeological sites.
Iraqi Christians have expressed their heartache over news that Iraq's oldest Christian monastery has been destroyed by terrorist militia Daesh (ISIS). Father Dankha Issa, an Iraqi monk belonging to the Antonian Order of St Ormizda of the Chaldeans, told Aid to the Church in Need: "St Elijah's Monastery in Mosul was a symbol of the Christian presence in Iraq. The fact that it has been destroyed is terrible." Up to the conquest of Mosul by Daesh in June 2014 thousands of Christians had been living in the predominantly Sunni city in northern Iraq.
On the night between Monday 18 and Tuesday, January 19, air strikes carried out by the international American-led coalition hit the Syriac Orthodox Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in the market area of Mosul. The city was conquered in June 2014 by the so-called Islamic State. The ankawa.com website quotes local sources who say that the church had been occupied by IS. They say the was devastated by the bombing it suffered. Since IS took over Mosul they have occupied or destroyed over 40 Christian buildings in Mosul, including churches,
There are posters on the walls in Baghdad near churches and in neighbourhoods where there are still Christian communities, asking women to wear the veil. The message is addressed directly to Christian women, since the poster portrays the image of the Virgin Mary and a text in which it is emphasized that even the Virgin Mary, docile to the teaching received, wore the veil. The same posters had appeared in some areas of the city in the month of November. Iraqi press reports that the posting of pro-veil posters in the streets adjacent to
One year on from the mass exodus of more than 120,000 Christians from Qaraqosh following an invasion by Daesh (ISIS), Aid to the Church in Need has announced new projects providing emergency aid and much needed pastoral support for displaced people in Iraq. The new help was announced exactly one year after Christians living in Qaraoshthe largest Christian city in Iraq were forced to flee as Kurdish troops withdrew and the terrorist organisation Daesh advanced.
Government should step up efforts in Iraq to "free" Mosul and neighbouring Nineveh from so-called Islamic State so Christians and others can fulfil their dream of returning home - according to a leading archbishop from the region. Marking the first anniversary of the fall of his city to the Islamist terror group, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Mouche made an impassioned plea to the "people who have the responsibility" to remove IS and enable people forced out to return and rebuild their lives.
The Iraqi government has announced the creation of a joint Iraqi-Kurdish task force to start military operations aimed at freeing Mosul and Nineveh province, currently under the control of IS/Daish. The plan was agreed during a summit meeting in Erbil attended by Itaqi and Kurdish government ministers. Iraqi media also reported that the US ambassador in Iraq, Stuart E Jones also took part. Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi pledged that Iraq will commit its army in the liberation of the province of Nineveh,
Listening to the reading from the Prophet Jonah we cannot fail to be moved! God saw the sorrow and repentance of the people of Nineveh, and spared them in this story. Today IS ignored the cries of the people in Mosul and destroyed the existence of the Christian community! The irony cannot be lost on us; now people claiming to do this in God’s a name are destroying Mosul/Nineveh! But in Jonah’s story the big difference it is about coming together not rending asunder.
Among the 7,000 Christian refugees who fled from Mosul and Nineveh Plain and found refuge in Jordan, more than 1,400 are school age children. Now, thanks to the involvement of Caritas Jordan, a government committee has gathered to assist these children. It has decided to integrate the Iraqi Christian children in Christian schools in the Hashemite Kingdom. The large-scale integration of Iraqi Christian students in Jordanian schools should begin in the school term which has just started.
Yesterday, jihadi militants of the Islamic State, who control the city of Mosul, used explosives to severely damage the convent of the Chaldean Sisters of the Sacred Heart - one of 45 Christian institutions they have captured since June. Previously they were living in the building. Chaldean sources report that the explosion took place in two phases. The first attempt was unsuccessful, but then the jihadists used more powerful explosives, causing massive damage to the convent, with the intent to eliminate the cross that stands on the place of worship.
Around a thousand Christians from northern Iraq, fleeing from jihadists militia of the Islamic State, will be welcomed in Jordan within the next few days thanks to the contribution of Caritas Jordan. Wael Suleiman, Director of Caritas Jordan, said: "So far more than 300 Christians have arrived in Amman after escaping from Mosul and villages of the Nineveh Plain. Within the next week the number will increase to 700." He said that in the following days Caritas is expecting about 1,000 Christians.
A few weeks ago while desperately trying to get some news about Mosul and my aunt Sister Utuur, there I stood feeling bombshelled as I read the news I feared most, ‘two nuns, two orphan young girls and a little boy held by ISIS’. Immediately my mind was assaulted by many questions ‘why were they risking their lives, for goodness sake?’, ‘How can God allow this?’ But the biggest and most pertinent question of all was ‘Where is God?’ It was exactly this very question that haunted me for a few months after visiting the House of Terror in Budapest last February.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales and Archbishop of Westminster has released a statement on Iraq today, calling for urgent "help and protection" for the persecuted communities in the north of the country. Cardinal Nichols calls on the UK Government to "lead the efforts in the face of such a human calamity" to restore communities and facilitate essential humanitarian aid. The full statement follows: “I have followed with deep sadness the unfolding disaster in Mosul, in Sinjar and Qaraqosh, and in other towns and villages
The Bishops Conference of England and Wales have designated next Sunday, 9 August, as a Day of Prayer for Christians in Iraq. Bishop Declan Lang writes... I invite you to join with many people from across Iraq in praying for an end to the violent persecution that threatens to extinguish the ancient Iraqi Christian community. Church leaders in Iraq have selected Wednesday 6 August – the Feast of the Transfiguration – to be observed as a universal day of prayer. It is one of the major feasts in the Chaldean Catholic Church calendar.
The UK head of a Catholic charity has hit out at the British Government for helping “to lay the foundations” for the rise of extremists in Iraq who have flushed out the last remaining Christians from Mosul after 1,600 years. Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director, Aid to the Church in Need (UK), said the UK’s response to uprisings in the Middle East “has blown up in our face” and called on the Government to help form “an axis of moderation” in the region. He went on to warn that, unless action was taken, “before long” the UK could be in line
As the widespread violence and aggression facing Christians and minority groups in Mosul, Iraq, intensifies, it is increasingly evident that the fundamental right and freedom to practice one’s Faith and belief is, and continues to be, grossly violated. We are currently witnessing an unacceptable widespread implementation of extremist religious ideology that threatens the lives of all Iraqi’s who do not fit within its ever-narrowing perspective.
As Chair of the International Department of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, I condemn in the strongest possible terms, the ISIS insurgents ultimatum to the Christian population of Mosul to convert, pay a religious levy or vacate the city. This threat to Iraqi citizens is a sin against God and a violation against life. We must not forget that Christians have lived and witnessed in Iraq for almost two millennia. The desecration of Mosul’s holy places and the systematic attempts to change the cultural and religious landscape of this ancient city are crimes
The last Christian has now been expelled from Mosul. The light of religious freedom, along with the entire Christian presence, has been extinguished in the Bible’s “great city of Nineveh” — the centre of Christianity in Iraq for two millennia. This follows the uncompromising ultimatum by the jihadists of Isis to convert or die. On Sunday Pope Francis expressed his profound anguish: “Our brothers are persecuted, they are cast out, they are forced to leave their homes without having the chance to take anything with them.”
Pope Francis has reassured the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church Ignatius Youssef III Younan that he is following news out of Iraq with concern, particularly the dramatic situation of Christians in Mosul who have been threatened with death and seizure of their homes by Islamic militants demanding they leave or convert to their form of Islamic belief. Christians have lived in Iraq’s second largest city for nearly two thousand years; there are few, if any, left now in Mosul. The Patriarch told the Italian Catholic news agency SIR (Religious Information Service),
Recent events in Mosul and the threat of annihilation of the Iraqi Christians by ISIS can only be described as horrific and the likes of which has not been seen since the 7th century AD. An 1800 year-old Syriac Catholic Church is desecrated and burnt to the ground. Meanwhile, the outside world looks on as if this is but a mere local event. The Iraqi Christian community in London across its various denominations is trying to bring this tragedy to the forefront of people's minds.
Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of Aid to the Church in Need, issued an appeal for people to join UK Iraqi Christians in an act of solidarity at Parliament on Saturday (26 July) at 12 noon. The event, organised by Eastern-rite Church leaders in London, follows reports that over the past few days more than 1,500 people have fled Mosul city, northern Iraq. Their sudden departure comes after the Islamic state, formerly called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS),
Pope Francis once again expressed his concern for the plight of Christian communities in the Iraqi town of Mosul and in other parts of the Middle East. Addressing pilgrims after the Angelus in St Peter’s Square, the Pope spoke about the Christians who are now suffering persecution in the lands they have lived since the beginning of Christianity. The Pope said: “Today our brothers are persecuted they are banished from their homes and forced to flee without even being able to take their belongings!”
Two nuns from the Order of Daughters of Mary, Sister Miskintah and Sister Utoor Joseph, as well as three orphans are still missing. The two Sisters were responsible for managing an orphanage in Khazraj, a Christian neighbourhood, in Mosul, northern Iraq. When the city fell to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), Sister Miskintah took the orphans and fled to the relatively safer city of Dohuk,in Iraqi Kurdistan. Whilst sister Utoor remained at the monastery.
The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, Amel Shamon Nona, has described the desperate situation in Mosul since it was captured on 9 June by ISIS. He said: "A few days ago the Iraqi air force began bombing in Mosul, and the air raids are increasing each day in intensity. Yesterday the roads that cross the Nineveh Plain were full of convoys of cars with Muslim families fleeing from Mosul to Erbil and Iraqi Kurdistan". The airstrikes continue to empty the city of civilians, while militants continue to control
A graphic account of the Islamist takeover of Mosul and the people's desperate struggle to flee to safety has come from the city's Chaldean bishop. Speaking today (Wednesday 11 June) to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Amel Nona, said he thought Mosul's last remaining Christians had left now a city which until 2003 was home to 35,000 faithful. The Christians are among 500,000 thought to have fled Mosul whose overthrow yesterday is now followed by news today of militant attacks on the Iraqi city of Tikrit 95 miles north of the capital, Baghdad.
The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad, Cardinal Emmanuel Delly, has expressed his grief and mourning, but also hope and forgiveness, after a brutal attack on 2 May on three busloads of Christian students travelling to Mosul. The Patriarch writes: “Today our eyes are filled with tears.
A three-year-old Christian child died after a bomb attack on a Christian home in Mosul on Saturday. The attack was made against the house of Ramzy Balbole, a painter with a wife and three children. All the family was injured in the attack. A local spokesman said: "This is yet another event to mourn in this Holy Week in the Christian community of Mosul
More than 1,000 Christians, lead by priests and nuns, walked through the town of Hamdaniya, 40 km (25 miles) east of Mosul, on Sunday in an appeal to the government to protect them. Many of the silent protestors were praying and carrying olive branches. Marches were planned in a dozen other cities.
Two Christian Churches in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul have been bombed. The Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Monsignor Basile Georges Casmoussa, confirmed that the attacks had taken place. The Aswat al-Iraq news agency, reported that at least four people have been killed and 40 wounded
An international Pax Christi delegation visited Iraq last week. They went to Kirkuk, Mosul, Erbil and Dohuk from 10 September to 17 September. The situation for the Iraqi people is very uncertain and more violence being expected in the period leading up to the elections in January 2010.