A global ecumenical body welcomed “with great hope and deep satisfaction” news that diverse church leaders in Iraq have established a council to speak with a common voice.
“In our view, it is a development that augurs as much for the future of the churches in Iraq as it does for Iraq as a nation,” said the Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, in a statement Thursday.
The Council of Christian Church Leaders of Iraq includes all patriarchs, archbishops, bishops and heads of churches in the country from the 14 Christian communities registered in Iraq since 1982. These Christian communities include the Catholic, Eastern and Oriental Orthodox as well as Protestant traditions. more >>
The bullet-riddled body of a 20-year-old Christian student was found on the street of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Wednesday.
Wissam George was missing since that morning when he left for school, a police officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Agence France-Presse. George was studying to be a teacher.
George is the fourth Christian to be gunned down in Mosul since Sunday. more >>
A gunman opened fire on two Christian university students in Iraq Tuesday, killing one and wounding the other.
According to initial reports, the gunman shot the Assyrian Christian youth after emerging from a car in the northern area of Mosul. The shooter later fled with two other men in the car.
A police officer, who asked not to be named, identified the slain and the wounded to Agence France-Presse as Zia Toma, a 21-year-old engineering student, and Ramsin Shmael, a 22-year-old pharmacy student, respectively. more >>
A car bomb exploded Tuesday near a northern Iraqi church, injuring a dozen people.
In the mostly Christian town of Bartilla, about 28 miles north of Mosul, a car bomb exploded at about 12 p.m., according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The blast occurred near St. George Church, which is in the same town as the church that was attacked on Christmas morning by a minority ethnic group called Shabak.
A dozen people were reportedly injured in the latest attack, with five having been hospitalized. more >>
A group of Shiite Muslims attacked an Assyrian Christian town in Northern Iraq on Christmas morning, according to reports over the weekend.
The assailants, a minority ethnic group called Shabak, took over the entry checkpoint into the Christian-dominated town of Bartilla, about 28 miles north of Mosul, and tore down Christmas decorations in the Assyrian market, reported Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).
Witnesses say they also harassed a Christian procession headed toward St. Mary Church, throwing rocks at participants. more >>
Some churches in Iraq have canceled Christmas services to protect themselves against the threats of bombings on churches.
Just a day before Christmas Eve, a bomb planted near Church of St. Thomas in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul killed two men and wounded five others on Wednesday.
Earlier this month, a series of bombs left four people dead in Mosul. more >>