By Carol Glatz
VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis urged Syrian President Bashar Assad to put an end to his country's eight-year-long conflict and seek reconciliation for the good of the nation and its vulnerable people. "The Holy Father asks the president to do everything possible to put an end to this humanitarian catastrophe, in order to protect the defenseless population, especially those who are most vulnerable,...
Basra, Iraq -- The place of worship "reopened only as a sanctuary" to allow the faithful "to pray to the Virgin Mary". A place "open to all" and to which "everyone will have access" without distinction or prohibition on an ethnic or confessional basis. This is the goal of Msgr.
By K. N. Smith
According to a newly translated cuneiform tablet, ancient Babylonian astronomers were the first to use surprisingly modern methods to track the path of Jupiter. The purpose of four ancient Babylonian tablets at the British Museum has long been a historical mystery, but now it turns out that they describe a method that uses figures on a graph to calculate the motion of Jupiter.
By Martina Moyski
Syriac Catholic Father Youssef Sakat personifies the predicament of thousands of persecuted Iraqi Christians. The monk's story, along with that of his four fellow monks, at their ancient Syriac Mar (Saint) Behnam Monastery in Khidr, near Mosul in Iraq, speaks to the suffering and the perseverance of those bearing witness to their faith.
By Jeanne O'Brien Coffey
The soaring windows are draped with opulent blue and gold velvet. A delicate antique writing desk, adorned with a magnifying glass and letter opener, stands in the corner before an inviting tufted chair. A delicately painted French Provincial style bed, with a tall white headboard and matching curved footboard, is edged by a pair of inlaid delicate antique nightstands.
A cross forcibly removed from the top of a 100-year-old Assyrian church in Iran was restored to its rightful place on 9 July, although the congregation is still locked out of the building. Security agents and members of an organisation that answers to the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, tore the cross from the evangelical church in Tabriz on 9 May.
By Edwin Mora
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is helping bring Christians and Yazidis in Iraq back from the brink of extinction fomented by a genocidal campaign at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), religious minority representatives declared this week at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom convened by the Department of State. The U.S.
On July 17, 2019, Iranian Assyrian human rights activist Dabrina Bet Tamraz was part of a delegation of survivors of religious persecution that met with United States President Donald Trump. Her father Victor Bet Tamraz, her mother Shamiran Issavi, and her brother Rameil Bet Tamraz face lengthy prison sentences in Iran for charges related to the practice of their Christian faith.
By Wladimir van Wilgenburg
The US-backed Christian Syriac Military Council (MFS) on Wednesday warned of a possible Turkish attack on the eastern Euphrates in Syria and called on the United States to intervene. The MFS fears the onslaught could affect thousands of Christians who live in Syria's northeast.
By Doreen Abi Raad
The first time a band of Islamic State militants "visited" the monks, they presented the monks with a kind of suggestion, in a nonthreatening manner: "Why don't you become a Muslim?" Already, the four monks at the ancient Syriac Catholic Mar Behnam Monastery in Khidr, Iraq, had felt they were under siege.
International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on July 8, 2019, an Armenian Christian woman living in the Syrian Governorate of Idlib went missing. Suzan Der Kirkour was 6o years old and her body was found the next day just outside of her village, al-Yaqoubiyeh. An autopsy revealed that Suzan was tortured and repeatedly raped over an estimated period of nine hours.
By Benjamin Weinthal
Israeli historians Benny Morris and Dror Ze'evi have produced a work that shocks the conscience with their forensic study of the exterminatory violence committed during the final stage of the Ottoman Empire and the lead-up to the nascent phase of the Turkish Republic.