from ONE

Jordanian Christians
by Anne Womer
(From ONE magazine September 2006)
Despite challenges, the Christian faith thrives in the Hashemite kingdom

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine March 2005)
The Chaldean Church

Waiting for the Future
by Sahar Aloul
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2003)
Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics seek refuge from conflict in their homeland

Forming a Few Good Men
text by Dale Gavlak
photos: St. Peter’s Seminary
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
In the face of many problems, Iraqi seminarians nevertheless pursue their vocations.

Under Siege: Iraq’s Christians
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
With no end to the violence in sight, Christians are fleeing

On the Road to Damascus
story and photographs by Spencer Osberg
(From ONE magazine November 2008)
Syria’s Iraqis strive to rebuild their lives

Iraq
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Land of Abraham of Ur of the Chaldeans

Profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine May 2009)
The Church of the East

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1997)
Although safely out of their war-weary country, Iraqi refugees in Jordan find that life is still a struggle.

Against All Odds: Preparing Iraq’s Priests
text and photos by Rev. William D. Corcoran
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1996)
Despite brutal, often dangerous surroundings, seminarians at the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchal Seminary of St. Peter in Baghdad are zealous in their calling.

Journey Through Iraq
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos: CNEWA Archives
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
The editor’s interview with Msgr. Robert L. Stern.

An Iraqi “Catch 22”
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos by Dwight Cendrowski
(From Catholic Near East January 1991)
Christian Iraqis in America strive to maintain their Chaldean roots while embracing a new American culture.

Christianity in Iran
by Charles A. Frazee
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Summer 1980)
Christianity continues to be a strong spiritual force in a land of much turmoil.

from News

The Gift of Christmas
news from ONE Magazine (24 January 2008)
Just in time for Christmas, food packages and other basic necessities were distributed to 420 displaced Iraqi Christian families seeking refuge in Syria.

Bomb Explodes Outside Baghdad Church on Easter
Catholic News Service (26 April 2011)
A bomb exploded outside Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad April 24 after the Easter Masses had finished and parishioners had gone home.

California’s New Chaldean and Assyrian Parish
Catholic News Service (13 September 2011)
ORANGEVALE, Calif. (CNS) — Tom Simon genuflects and kneels in prayer before the tabernacle. “It takes love, faith and sacrifice to build a house of the Lord,” he says.

Iraqi Cardinal and Chaldean Patriarch Retires
Catholic News Service (19 December 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of 85-year-old Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad and has called for a late January meeting of the Chaldean synod of bishops to elect a new patriarch for the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Chaldean Bishops Elect Kirkuk Archbishop as New Patriarch
Catholic News Service (4 February 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The new head of the Chaldean Church, Patriarch Louis Raphael I of Baghdad, told his fellow Chaldean bishops and Vatican officials, “We want to follow the example of our martyrs who gave their lives for Christ.”

Though Saddened by War, Syrian Bishop Does Not Despair
Catholic News Service (22 March 2013)
ROME (CNS) — Ministering in a time of war in his hometown, the Chaldean bishop of Aleppo, Syria, said: “Deep down, I’m not frightened, I’m not scared; I’m sad.”

Turkey to Build Camp for Christian Refugees
Catholic News Service (15 April 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Christians escaping the two-year civil war in Syria will soon have their own camp in which to live and receive humanitarian aid, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey told local media.

Chaldean Patriarch Says Extremism Threatens Christians and Muslims
Catholic News Service (16 December 2013)
ROME (CNS) — “Extremist political Islam is growing in the Middle East,” prompting Christians to flee and causing death and upheaval among Christians and moderate Muslims alike, said the head of the Chaldean Church.

Chaldean Bishop Says Iraqis Returning Home, Despite Conditions
Catholic News Service (1 July 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Thousands of Iraqi Christians who fled recent shelling by extremist militants and sought refuge in the neighboring autonomous Kurdistan region are now returning home, said a Catholic archbishop responsible for their care.

U.S. Chaldeans Decry ‘Genocide’ of Iraqi Christians, Rally for Aid
Catholic News Service (4 August 2014)
DETROIT (CNS) — Shouting slogans such as “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians need you!” and “Stop the violence in Iraq!” about 150 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Detroit on 1 August to call awareness to the violent persecution of Christians in their native land.

Amid Iraqi Suffering, Chaldean Catholics Urged to Keep Focus on Jesus
Catholic News Service (6 August 2014)
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CNS) — Standing in the sanctuary of Mother of God Chaldean Cathedral, flanked by an empty cross and two ominous red symbols, Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat led more than 1,000 people on 1 August in an earnest prayer for peace and a plea for help.

“We Need Actions, Not Words” to Stop Militants, Says Chaldean Leader
Catholic News Service (18 August 2014)
PHOENIX (CNS) — As the heart-rending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Syrian Bishop Urges Pope Francis to Raise Arms Supply Issue in Turkey
Catholic News Service (28 November 2014)
DUBLIN (CNS) — The president of Caritas in Syria has appealed to Pope Francis to use his 28-30 November trip to Turkey to raise the issue of the ongoing supply of arms being sent across the Turkish border to rebel factions in northern Syria.

Bishops Appointed for Chaldean Church in Sydney, Toronto, Baghdad
Catholic News Service (15 January 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis named new bishops for Chaldean Catholics in Sydney and Toronto and confirmed the election of a Chaldean priest, who is currently ministering in Detroit, Michigan, to be a new auxiliary bishop in Baghdad.

Up to 100 Christians Abducted in Syria
Catholic News Service (24 February 2015)
DOHUK, Iraq (CNS) — Dozens of Assyrian Christians were abducted by Islamic State forces during a new offensive against a string of villages in northeastern Syria, aid and civil rights organizations reported.

Assyrian Christians Released; Many Concerned for Those Still Held
Catholic News Service (2 March 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity.

After Escape, Assyrian Christians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (19 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Assyrian Christians from Syria’s besieged Khabur region who fled their homes when the Islamic State seized their villages in February are increasingly seeking refuge in neighboring Lebanon.

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Picture of the Day: Help for Iraqis
An altar server stands near a statue of Jesus in greater Stockholm's Syriac Catholic church. (photo: Magnus Aronson)

The "Best-Kept Secret of the North American Catholic Church"
A recent conference in Ohio brought together hundreds of Eastern Catholics from many churches.

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Picture of the Day: A New Patriarch in Iraq
Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad stands with his crosier after being enthroned as the new head of the Chaldean Church. (photo: CNS/Saad Shalash, Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: Motown Madonna
May is traditionally the month Catholics devote to Mary. The image above from 2010 shows a statue of the Virgin Mary which graces the Chaldean Church of the Mother of God in Southfield, near Detroit. (photo: Fabrizio Costantini)

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Picture of the Day: Remembrance
In this image from 2005, an Assyrian Christian man kisses a cross before the liturgy begins at St. George Cathedral in Chicago. (photo: Christian Molidor, R.S.M.)

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Picture of the Day: Faith and Fortitude
Iraqi refugees celebrate the liturgy in Amman. (photo: Nader Daoud)

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Picture of the Day: Shrine and Sanctuary
A parishioner prays at the shrine to Our Lady of Iraq at the Chaldean church in Amman, Jordan. (photo: Cory Eldridge)

UPDATE: IRAQ
The Urgent Needs of the Refugees

Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, discusses the situation in Iraq.

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Breaking in Syria
ISIS Attacks Christian Communities in Syria

More than 90 Syrian Christians, including women and children, have been captured by ISIS militants near the northeastern Syrian city of Hassake.

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Picture of the Day: Iraqi Christians in Lebanon
Iraqi Assyro-Chaldean refugees celebrate the Divine Liturgy in Mar Elias Church in Beirut, Lebanon. (photo: Tamara Abdul Hadi)

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Picture of the Day: Waiting to Return
In this September 2014 photo, internally displaced Chaldean children prepare to serve the altar in a camp in Erbil. (photo: Don Duncan)

IRAQ UPDATE:
Iraq’s Archbishop Warda at CNEWA:
‘Persecution Started on Good Friday’

CNEWA was privileged to welcome to our New York offices on Monday Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.