ANCIENT PALACE OF BIBLICAL KING SENNACHERIB FOUND UNDER ISIS-DESTROYED TOMB OF JONAH

Pravoslavie.ru - 6/3/17 In July 2014, Islamic terrorists destroyed what both Christians and Muslims believe to have been the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul, Iraq. Not content to simply destroy a sacred spot, the ISIS militants then began to dig tunnels under the tomb, seeking for artifacts to plunder. In doing so, archaeologists believe ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Visits the President of Iraqi Kurdistan

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - June 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Excellency President of Iraqi Kurdistan Mr. Massoud Barzani at the Presidential Palace. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Gregorius Saliba Shemoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani, Archbishop of the ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Visits Minister of Interior in Iraqi Kurdistan Government

Syriac Orthodox Church - June 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Excellency Mr. Karim Sinjari, Minister of Interior at the Iraqi Kurdistan Government, at the Ministry of Interior in Erbil. His Holiness was accompanied by their Eminences: Mor Gregorius Saliba Shemoun, Patriarchal Counselor, Mor Justinus Boulos Safar, Patriarchal Vicar in Zahleh and Beqaa, ...

Iraqi Assyrian Bishop: ISIS Drove Us to Unity

  AINA- 28/5/16 (AINA) -- Archbishop Nicodemus Sharaf Daoud, the Syriac-Orthodox Bishop of Mosul, visited France and Belgium from May 19-24. The visit was organized by SOS Chretiens d'Orient. The Archbishop gave a series of lectures on the situation of Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) in Iraq. He and his congregation were forced into exile to ...

Chaldean Patriarch: Kurdish Constitution Should Mention Christians

Fides News Agency  - May 2015 In view of the parliamentary debate on the adoption of the Constitution of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I intends to open a free and serene debate on the formulas which in the constitutional text will indicate members of the various Christian communities as full ...

Chaldean Patriarch overjoyed at release of nuns and children, “they are well”

Chaldean Patriarch overjoyed at release of nuns and children, “they are well”

17/7/14 Mar Louis Raphael I Sako delivers some "good news" in a country torn apart by war, violence and division. He explains that "contact" was made by "the people of the city" who contributed "to their release”. No ransom was paid. They have returned to Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan. IRAQ, Baghdad (AsiaNews) - "I am overjoyed at the ...

Nineveh Province for Christians in Iraq? Let’s Wait and See

The Christian Mar Mattai monastry overlooking the Nineveh plain (Photo by Judit Neurink).

By Judit Neurink http://rudaw.net - January 2014 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region -- "It is one of the greatest moments of my life," said the Iraqi Minister of Environment Sargon Slewa about the plan of the Iraqi Council of Ministers to establish a province in the Nineveh Plain. Assyrian politicians in and out of Iraq have lobbied for years to give Christians ...

Iraqi Kurdistan: A Safe Haven for Christians?

  21/1/13 Alan Wisdom  www.theird.com Iraq's Christian population has been the target of violence for several years. The Christian community in Iraq has suffered great loss in the decade since the U.S. invasion of 2003. Is there a ray of hope now that Iraq's Assyrian, Chaldean, Armenian, and other Christians can find a secure future in the Kurdistan region? This ...