Iraq’s Christian Genocide of the 21st Century

Author: Dr. Adhid Miri

Publication Date: 29/11/2021

Source: Chaldean News

Since its establishment, the modern Iraqi state has witnessed instabilities, insurgencies, continuous cyclic violent conflicts among its heterogenic components. The emergence of ISIS group in Iraq was the latest and at the same time one of the darkest episodes in the series of modern Iraq’s turbulent history. This bloody and horrible violent wave that embodied in the form of such terrorist organization, which committed all kinds of brutality against humanity, forced ordinary Iraqi people from all its heterogenic populations, together with experts to question the possibility of peaceful coexistence, stability, and continuance in living together within the border of an integrated Iraq.

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Bahrain inaugurates Cathedral of Mary Queen of Arabia

Author: Lisa Zengarini
Publication Date: 30/11/2021
Source: Vatican News

The small Catholic community of the Emirate of Bahrain is preparing to celebrate the solemn opening of the largest Catholic Church in the Arabic Peninsula dedicated to their Patron Saint.

The Cathedral of Mary Queen of Arabia will be inaugurated on December 9 - significantly, one day after the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. It will be subsequently consecrated on December 10 by Cardinal Louis Tagle, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelizations of Peoples. The consecration will be attended only by a small group of faithful, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Brisbane plays a role as churches help Iraqi Christians displaced by Islamic State

Publication Date: 24/11/2021

Source: The Cathilic Leader

Walking through the mainly Christian town outside of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, it’s easy to see many changes since the victims of Islamic State militants fled here for safety seven years ago.

Gone are the tents and caravans that dotted church yards and open fields to house those escaping forced conversion to Islam or death at the hands of the Islamic State militants in 2014.

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Documentary chronicles historic religious fraternity in United Arab Emirates

Author: Christopher White

Publication Date: 19/11/2021

Source: National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis' landmark 2019 document on "Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together" is widely considered a major advancement in the Catholic Church's relationship with the Muslim world. The document, which was signed in Abu Dhabi when Francis became the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula, calls for a "culture of mutual respect" — and has been heralded by Islamic, Jewish and Christian leaders around the globe.

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Rebuilding the country, growing in faith: the message of young Iraqi Christians

Author: Dario Salvi

Publication Date: 23/11/2021

Source: Asia News

To be part of the reconstruction of a nation battered by war, violence and the Covid-19 pandemic, to strengthen belonging to the Chaldean Church and to live one's mission in the service of others with a "spirit of charity". This is the message that some young people, present at the meeting promoted by the Chaldean Church from November 18 to 20 in Baghdad, wanted to entrust to AsiaNews. Three days of discussion and prayer that allowed 450 boys and girls to "get closer" to the faith and to reflect on the future of the Christian community and of the Iraqi nation itself. As the Patriarch, Card. Louis Raphael Sako, underlined in his introductory speech, they are "our pride" and have an essential role thanks to their "creative impulse" to build a Church that is increasingly "alive and strong".

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Iraq churches rebuilt after jihadist destruction

Publication Date: 19/11/2021

Source: France24

Cymbals, prayers and Chaldean Catholic liturgy resounded on Friday in Mosul's Saint George monastery, where Iraqi faithful marked the restoration of two churches destroyed by jihadists in their former stronghold.

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Abu Dhabi introduces personal status law for non-Muslim foreigners, shakes up domestic and international family law

Author: Lena-Maria Möller

Publication Date: 11/11/2021

Source: Conflict of Laws

On 7 November 2021, Abu Dhabi, the largest of seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates, announced the passing of a new personal status law for non-Muslim foreigners. The law carries forward a series of recent legal reforms that aim at providing greater legal certainty for the country’s large expatriate population. The law’s novelty lies in the fact that it combines aspects of substantive and international family law. It is significant also because it introduces civil marriage – albeit only for non-Muslim foreigners – into the country’s domestic family law regime. While generally welcomed as possibly easing judicial procedure and court proceedings, the new legislation also raises several questions, especially as regards the law’s application alongside the Emirati conflict-of-laws rules.

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Syrian government loosens travel restrictions on Christian clergy

Author: Mohammed Hardan

Publication Date: 23/12/2021

Source: Al Monitor

The Syrian Cabinet issued Nov. 30 a decision exempting some categories — including Christian clergy, such as patriarchs, bishops and their drivers, priests, deacons, monks and nuns — from paying $100 in exchange for Syrian currency when entering the country provided that they carry a paper slip proving that they are on a church mission between Syria and Lebanon.

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