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Archbishop: ‘We want to be treated as Iraqi citizens’
“We don’t ask for anything special as Christians, we want to be treated just as Iraqi citizens, equal to anybody else, no more, no less. We want our human dignity to be respected as all other Iraqi people.”
‘You journeyed with our suffering people until death’
He was injured during the Syrian war, in 2012, when a staircase collapsed during a bombing, crushing his hands and much of his face.
With ACN support, Churches rebuild quake-hit houses in Syria
Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has committed to providing more than US$550,000 in aid to help Christians return to their apartments and houses, and support families with rent for temporary accommodation in the meantime.
SYRIA: ACN to pay rent for victims who cannot return to their homes
At least 60 buildings in Aleppo collapsed in the earthquake but the number of houses that may need to be razed will probably in the hundreds.
Middle East: ‘Synod can be a new spring for the Church, like Vatican II’
” How do we face the social problems? Our people have become very poor. How can we face the political problems? We live these cries in all the Arab countries and each country has its own physiognomy of problems.
Syria: Aleppo trembles again, as the Church doubles down on efforts to help the population
” Everybody was screaming, they should have exited the house, but everybody stayed put, so I stayed with them. I crouched under a beam and prayed, begging God to have mercy.”
‘There are almost no signs of an international response. The world must not forget Syria’
“A 15-year-old boy told me he only had one wish: to take life back to how it was before the war. After 12 years of war, Covid, sanctions, and the collapse of the currency, this latest disaster is more than many people can bear,” he said.
Syria earthquake: ‘less than one minute was worse than 12 years of war’
“They use many different expressions to express the 12-year war. But if you ask them about the earthquake that they were exposed to, the answer is just one word: horror.”
‘Absolute despair’ in Syria as country is hit by two earthquakes
“The Church in Syria is shocked by the catastrophe. Even as far away as Beirut, people went down to the streets, worried that another explosion was about to unsettle their country. For now, the Church is checking on its people and families.”
New convent beckons Christians to return to Iraq
The jihadist terror group was eventually defeated, but the buildings, including two important churches, were almost destroyed, and the population scattered, some to refugee camps, while others emigrated.