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Assyrian Priest Paints Grim Picture After Visit to Iraq

October 12, 2018 Featured
Father Athanasis Toma at the old entrance of St. George Assyrian church in Dora, Iraq. ( AINA)

  AINA – 12/10/18 (AINA) — Father Athanasis Toma, who lives in Los Angeles, returned recently from a trip to Iraq, his country of origin. Fr. Athanasis is an Assyrian, a Chorbishop in the Ancient Church of the East, with a diocese in San Fernando, CA. Fr. Athanasis was happy to visit Iraq, but is […]

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Assyrian Christians Celebrate Palm Sunday Worldwide

March 29, 2018 Featured
Assyrian Church of the East Thrissur, India

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East – 29/3/18 The Sunday of the Hosannas (Palm Sunday) has been celebrated by parishes and faithful of the Assyrian Church of the East around the world. Here we publish a selection of photographs from the processions and services held from as far afield as Baghdad to Bangalore […]

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Assyrian Americans Call for Iraqi Government Control of Nineveh Plains

October 24, 2017 Featured
The Nineveh Plains area in north Iraq. ( AINA)

AINA – 24/10/17 Chicago (AINA) — The Assyrian American National Federation (AANF), an umbrella organization for Assyrians in the United States, has issued a statement calling for Iraqi federal jurisdiction over the Nineveh Plains of Iraq, which the core of the Assyrian homelands in Iraq and home to hundreds of Assyrian towns and villages. The statement […]

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Socotra: The Mysterious Island of the Assyrian Church of the East

March 4, 2017 Featured

Bethkokheh.assyrianchurch.org – March 2017 The Nestorian Christians of Socotra Socotra is an island off of the coast of east Africa that is governed by Yemen. For centuries all the inhabitants of the islands of Socotra belonged the Ancient Assyrian Church of the East, which was known as the Nestorian Church. The Ancient Catholic and Apostolic Church […]

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Is the Theology of the Assyrian Church Nestorian?

March 4, 2017 Featured

Bethkokheh.assyrianchurch.org – March 2017 This paper was originally given at the First Non-Official Consultation on Dialogue within the Syriac Tradition, held in Vienna between June 24th – 29th 1994 under the auspices of the Pro Oriente Foundation. It was later published in the record of proceedings of the Consultation and edited on behalf of the Pro […]

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Assyrian Church Consecrates Bishops for 2017

November 18, 2016 Featured News

Assyrian Church of the East – November 2016 The Holy Synod of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, headed by His Holiness Mar Gewargis Sliwa III convened in the city of Erbil, Iraq commencing on Monday the 7th November till Saturday 12th November 2016. The Synod opened the meeting with the offering […]

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Daesh Terrorists ‘Torture, Imprison and Even Burn Iraqi Christians Alive

November 14, 2016 Featured News

Sputniknews – 14/11/16 The radical terrorist group, notorious for its brutality towards ethnic and religious minorities, has tortured Iraqi Christians, raping women, burning alive those, who tried to oppose the militants, and destroying churches, Baha Erzan Asu, a Christian from Mosul who has moved to Erbil, told Sputnik. “Christians living in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan have […]

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Stop the Cancer of Islamic State – Urges Iraq’s Chaldean Patriarch

August 30, 2016 Featured News

Catholic News Service – August 2016 BAGHDAD — Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad called for a united and strong stance — by Muslims and non-Muslims alike — to stop the spread of the “cancer” of Islamic State and other terrorist groups. In an Aug. 27 statement, the patriarch said it’s about time “for Muslims and […]

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Iraqi Minorities Advocate for the Creation of New Provinces

May 12, 2016 Featured News

By Douglas Burton https://philosproject.org – May 2016 If August 1914 shattered the received order of Europe forever, August 2014 dissolved the received tradition of protection for religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria. The lightening quick thrust of the Islamic State over northeastern Syria and down a broad band of Iraq in the summer of […]

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Reception held for Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II by the Council of the Heads of Churches in Iraq

March 4, 2016 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Church – 4/3/16 Bagdad- Iraq: His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a reception organized by the Council of the Heads of Churches in Iraq in his honor. The reception was hosted by the Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Baghdad Avak, at the Armenian Orthodox Archdiocese Headquarters in Baghdad. His Holiness Assyrian Patriarch […]

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Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Visits Assyrian Patriarchs Mar Gewargis III & Mar Addai II

March 2, 2016 Featured News

  Syriac Orthodox Church – 2/3/16 Visit to His Holiness Assyrian Patriarch Mar Gewargis III His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Holiness Assyrian Patriarch Mar Gewargis III Sleewa at his patriarchal residence in Baghdad. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Severius Hawa, Archbishop of Baghdad and Basra, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, […]

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Celebratory Holy Qurobo by Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral – Baghdad

February 29, 2016 Featured News

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – February 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in Baghdad. During his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the meaning of priesthood as ministry to the needy and poor. He compared the priest to the Lord who gave Himself for […]

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St George Assyrian Church Reopened in the Baghdad Suburb of Dora

November 3, 2015 Featured News

November- Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East Iraq: After being bombed and destroyed by terrorists following the commencement of the 2003 war in Iraq, St George’s Church of the Assyrian Church of the East in the Baghdad suburb of Dora has risen once more. The beautifully re-built church was opened and consecrated this […]

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BIOGRAPHY OF HIS HOLINESS MAR GEWARGIS III – CATHOLICOS-PATRIARCH OF THE ASSYRIAN CHURCH OF THE EAST

September 29, 2015 Featured News

29/9/15 – Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East His Holiness was born Warda Daniel Sliwa, in Habbaniyah, Iraq 1941, from his parents the late Daniel Sliwa and Mariam Sliwa. He matriculated from the School of Education at Baghdad in 1964. Then, he taught English in various cities in Iraq for 13 years. While […]

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Assyrian Girl Kidnapped in Baghdad Released

May 15, 2015 Featured News

15/5/15 (AINA) — Juliana George, a 16 year-old Assyrian girl who was kidnapped from her home in Baghdad 9 days ago (AINA 2015-05-12), was released yesterday after a $55,000 ransom was paid. According to her father, George, Juliana was badly frightened by the experience but was not apparently mistreated. “I fear for her and my […]

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Assyrian Girl Abducted in Baghdad

May 14, 2015 Featured News
16 year-old Assyrian girl Juliana George was kidnapped in Baghdad 7 days ago.

May 2015 Baghdad (AINA) — A 16 year-old Assyrian girl, Juliana George, was abducted from her home in Baghdad 7 days ago. A person knocked on the door of her home and when she answered she was abducted by 4 men and placed into a taxi which sped away. Her grandfather Joseph, who is a […]

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What Will It Take to Return Christians to Their Homeland in Iraq?

May 5, 2015 Featured News
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By John Burger http://www.aleteia.org – 5/5/15 The Iraqi Interior Ministry has announced the creation of a joint task force to start military operations aimed at freeing Mosul and Nineveh province, currently in the hands of the Islamic State group, according to Fides news agency. Such a move would have great implications for the tens of thousands […]

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Chaldean Patriarch: State Secularism and Religious Freedom Answer to Fundamentalist Barbarism

May 1, 2015 Featured News

By Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako – 1/5/15 Baghdad — Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako has just returned home from Beirut (Lebanon), where he took part in a meeting on 27 April with the leaders of the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Churches, including Patriarchs Ignatius Joseph III Younan and Ignatius Ephrem II. […]

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Paradise Lost: is Christianity Doomed in the Middle East?

January 30, 2015 Featured News
In Iraqi security officer guards a church (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

By Gerard Russell http://www.newstatesman.com – 30/1/15 The stark cliffs of the Zagros Mountains on the Iran-Iraq border, and the dusty hills and plains that lie between those mountains and the city of Mosul, might seem an unlikely location for paradise. Yet Christians living here in past centuries believed that a local river called the Great Zab […]

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Assyrian Official: Iraqi State Failed to Protect Us

December 22, 2014 News

By Khalid Hussein Rudaw – December 2014 MOSCOW – A leading member of the Assyrian community in Iraq says the failure of the Iraqi government to protect Christians has led to the mass migration of the religious minority out of the country or to the northern parts of Iraq controlled by Kurdish Peshmarga forces. “We are […]

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Four Youths Beheaded By Isis for Refusing to Renounce Christian Faith

December 14, 2014 Featured News
Canon Andrew White said that it is impossible for Christians to live in Iraq under Isis,Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East

By Priya Joshi http://www.ibtimes.co.uk – 14/12/14 Four Christian children in Iraq, under the age of 15, have been beheaded by Isis, after they refused to renounce their Christian faith and become followers of Islam. A British reverend has spoken out about the atrocities suffered by Christians in Iraq, highlighting the shocking murder of the four youths, […]

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