Iraq May Repeal Child Conversion Law

Kadhim AlShamari, member of Iraq

November 2015 (AINA) -- The Iraqi Council of Representatives passed a resolution yesterday requiring modifications to the National Card Law that was approved on October 27, which included a paragraph that will force Christian and non-Muslim children to become Muslims if the male parent converts to Islam or if their non-Muslim mother marries a Muslim. Non-Muslim ...

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk expresses concern over sufferings of Christians in Syria during the meeting with representatives of Syrian opposition

February 2014 On 5 February 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, received representatives of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. The meeting took place at the request of the representatives of the Syrian opposition, who visited Moscow on 3-5 February 2014. Taking part in ...

Christians excluded from Syrian rebels’ ‘interim government’

16/11/13 Syrian Christians have been systematically excluded from representation in an umbrella group representing rebel leaders, the Fides news service reports. The Syrian National Coalition, which has agreed to join in peace talks sponsored by the United States and Russia, has a policy of “deliberate marginalization and exclusion” of Christians, leaders of Syriac and Assyrian Christian groups ...

Syria rebels withdraw from ancient Christian town of Maaloula

6/9/13 Syrian rebels have withdrawn after briefly entering an ancient Christian town north of Damascus, the main opposition alliance has said. Free Syrian Army (FSA) units captured military positions outside Maaloula after heavy clashes with government forces and militiamen on Thursday. The National Coalition said they were in the vicinity for several hours, "but did not attack any ...