WASHINGTON—The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is alarmed by the coordinated bomb attacks against churches and monasteries in Iraq last week. At least six people were reportedly wounded in seven separate attacks in Baghdad and Mosul as Christians were celebrating Christmas and the Epiphany on Jan. 6; three days later, bombs targeted three churches in Kirkuk. The attacks were the latest to target Iraq’s shrinking non-Muslim population, many of whose members have fled the country in the wake of violence directed against their communities.
On Sunday 6th January 2008, the Epifany day, 7 churches and monasteries were bombed in Bagdad and Mossul in Iraq.
3 of the attacks occured in Bagdad; the concerned chruches and monatery are:
The Church of Saint George in El Gadir area, where the bomb exploded in front of the entry of the Church.
The second attack targeted a Melkit Church in the Al Tahryat area, where the bomb exploded very close to the Church.
The third attack was directed against the convent of the sisters in the El Zafaraniye and called the Daughters of Mary.
CAIRO, Egypt: Seven Muslims were ordered released Tuesday, two days after their arrest in attacks on shops owned by Coptic Christians in a southern Egyptian town that has recently witnessed increasing sectarian tensions, an official with the prosecutors office said.
Les bulletins de santé alarmants, les listes de migrants n'en finissent pas de s'allonger. Dans l'avalanche de nouvelles venues d'Irak, du Liban, de Palestine ou de Turquie, qui s'intéresse encore à la minorité des chrétiens d'Orient - 10 millions, en incluant les 6 millions de coptes d'Egypte -, à ces Arabes qui ne sont pas musulmans, qui brouillent le jeu international binaire (Israël-Palestine, Occident-islam), sont "trop orientaux" pour être compris des Occidentaux, "trop chrétiens" pour l'être des courants laïques et progressistes ? "Qui se préoccupe du destin de ce tiers exclu du grand récit Occident versus Orient ou McDo contre djihad", a demandé Régis Debray lors d'un colloque que l'Institut européen en sciences des religions (IESR), qu'il préside, et l'Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE) viennent d'organiser à Paris.
(CBS) From the time of Jesus, there have been Christians in what is now Iraq. The Christian community took root there after the Apostle Thomas headed east. But now, after nearly 2,000 years, Iraqi Christians are being hunted, murdered and forced to flee -- persecuted on a biblical scale in Iraq's religious civil war. You'd have to be mad to hold a Christian service in Iraq today, but if you must, then the vicar of Baghdad is your man. He's the Reverend Canon Andrew White, an Anglican chaplain who suffers from multiple sclerosis and from a fanatical determination to save the last Iraqi Christians from the purge. White invited 60 Minutes cameras and correspondent Scott Pelley to an underground Baghdad church service for what's left of his congregation. White's parishioners are risking their lives to celebrate their faith.
According the news we have received, on Wednesday 28th november 2007 at around 14:00 pm, Father Daniel (Edip) Savci, a monk of the Syriac Orthodox Church, was kidnapped in Tur Abdin region which is in the South East of Turkey.
The monk Rev. Father Edip (Daniel) Savci is the abbot and residing at the Monastery of Mor Jacob in the Village of Saleh (Bar tepe in Turkish), which is situated only about 15 minutes driving distance from Midyat.
Refugees from across the country found peace in the Kurdish north, but are now threatened by shelling and cross-border raids
When Youssef Toma and his family fled their home in Baghdad's perilous Dora neighbourhood and found refuge in the peaks and valleys of Kurdistan, they assumed their fear had been left behind with their furniture.
BAGHDAD, IRAQ — Nabil Comanny and his family endured the dead bodies left to decompose along the road in their southern Dora neighborhood.
They accepted the criminal gangs that roamed the area, searching for targets to kidnap.
And neither the utility failures nor the mountains of trash in the street could drive them away.
Barack Obama wants answers. He wants to know what the State Department is doing in coordination with the Iraqi Government to protect Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. The Brody File has a copy of the letter Senator Obama sent to Secretary State Condoleezza Rice. You can read it here.