The leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad has warned that there is another side to the ongoing refugee crisis, which is that organizations that make it their mission to not only welcome but prioritize Christian refugees might lead to the entire Middle East being emptied of Christians.
The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael I, said "any declaration that may incite our people to emigrate is irresponsible at this time," according to The Irish Catholic.
Millions of people have left both Iraq and Syria, fleeing civil war and terrorism threats, and have been looking to relocate to Europe and other Western countries. more >>
A faith-based global ministry has initiated a "Fostering Families" program in which it's calling on over 1,000 churches in America to take in persecuted refugees from the ongoing crisis. Rev. Kevin Jessip, president of Global Strategic Alliance, said Christians are being wiped out from the Middle East, while at the same time being denied visas in the United States, and it's an urgent time for the rest of the Christian body to wake up and help.
"It's inappropriate for the Untied States of America to discriminate against a minority religion who is in dire need of asylum. These are proven cases at the UNHCR that we've seen of people who have been denied, and are in jeopardy of losing their lives," Jessip told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Thursday.
"Not only have they ran and lost everything, but now, in many cases, we are seeing people facing another impending threat, and that is starvation," he said, noting that most of the Christian refugees don't even have basic resources to provide food for themselves. more >>
Turkish ground forces and warplanes invaded Iraq on Tuesday in what officials described as a "short-term" measure to hunt down Kurdistan Worker's Party rebels accused of killing at least 14 Turkish police officers in a bomb attack in the eastern Igdir province.
"Turkish security forces crossed the Iraqi border as part of the hot pursuit of PKK terrorists who were involved in the most recent attacks," a government source told AFP news agency.
"This is a short-term measure intended to prevent the terrorists' escape." more >>
An Iraqi woman, believed to be from the Yazidi-Kurdish minority, has reportedly shot dead a senior Islamic State commander "Abu Anas," who is said to have forced her to become a sex slave and gifted her to other men.
Iraqi satellite TV network Alsumaria News did not reveal the name of the woman, but Kurdistan Democratic Party spokesman Saeed Mamouzini confirmed that Anas was killed on Saturday near Mosul in Iraq.
The IS commander is believed to have forced the woman into sex slavery, and used her as a "gift" for other militants. more >>
Eleven months after his capture, Abu Abdullah is still the stone-hearted terrorist he had been famously known for as he shares how the Islamic State used his skills for its suicide bombing rackets.
Known as "the planner" among his bosses, he is responsible for sending out suicide bombers to destroy mosques, universities, checkpoints, market places, and several other locations in the Iraqi capital.
An Iraqi Archbishop says he argues with God "every day" and is failing to understand "what He is doing" in the face of the extreme suffering of persecuted Christians in the region.
"I don't understand what he is doing when I look at what has happened in the region," Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told The Criterion, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "I quarrel with him every day."
Warda said that over 100,000 Christians and other minorities have sought refuge in Erbil over the past year, fleeing the Islamic State terror group. more >>