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Church in Baghdad intended to be rented
Church in Baghdad intended to be rented

 

By: FA ME (Source Asia News)

Economic aid from Kurdistan interrupted, collection money halved due to emigration of the faithful, Mgr. Warduni sets out the Chaldean Churches’ plan “to help pay the salaries of priests and catechists”.

  Facing a critical economic situation, to the point where it can’t even pay its’ priest’s salaries, the Chaldean Church in Iraq is obliged to rent a private space adjacent to its parish in Baghdad. Branded as “dangerous lies” rumors of the sale of the church of Our Lady of Sorrows (the first cathedral of Iraq, where the patriarchs are buried, of priceless historical value,-ed), the Auxiliary Bishop of the capital. Shlemon Warduni explains the Church in Iraq is coping with this crisis.

 A number of factors explain the current difficulties facing the Chaldean Patriarchate. “For about 10 months, the finance minister of Kurdistan, Sargis Agajan, halted all funding to the Christian community, which in recent years had ensured a stable income. Not only that: “With the massive migration of our people – says the bishop – the revenue coming from church collections have halved, while the government gives us absolutely no help.”

 Thus, a Patriarchate committee – composed of four lay people, of which Warduni is supervisor with Card. Emmanuel III Delly in charge – is studying plans to utilize Church property to generate revenue to help pay the salaries of priests, to cover the cost of running parishes and catechesis (such as the transport of children and books). This emphasizes the bishop of Baghdad, is an important point: “The Protestants are taking our young people away and say they are evangelizing in our place, we must safeguard our children and our catechism.”

 For now, it has been decided to “rent the land adjacent to the former cathedral of Baghdad (outside the walls of the church itself) for 15 years, to a private party who will build stores there.” At the end of the contract everything will return to the Patriarchate. The area surrounding “Our Lady of Sorrows” is the first Christian neighborhood of Baghdad, “the Haqid Nasara” (in English “the meeting place of Christians”). Here, until the ’70s, all Christian denominations in the country were focused. Now it has become a very commercial area filled with markets and shops, the heart of the city, where the value of buildings and land has increased a lot. For logistical reasons – the church is situated in an alley that cannot be accessed in a car – the Chaldean cathedral was transferred some years ago to the Church of St Joseph in the neighborhood of Karada. Despite the security problems faced by the Christians in the capital, “Our Lady of Sorrows” is still open: “A priest has also been appointed to say mass on some occasions” says Bishop. Warduni.

 “The diocese of Baghdad, – the auxiliary bishop concludes, – is studying and working on projects that can bring economic help to the other dioceses of Iraq.”

 

 

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Sandy Hadi

Sandy Hadi

By: FA ME

 another Martyr falls since the vicious attack that targeted Christian students when they were on their way to Mosul University. our victim Sandy 19, was among the many students in one of the buses. she passed away Monday 10th of may, suffering from he wounds especially in her head, she laid in the intensive care room for several days even after conducting a surgery to help her, but it seems that her non-stabilized condition had worsen, and couldn’t stay for long.

 Her body was moved from the northern city of Erbil, to Qaraqosh (where the blast took place) and in huge sessions people were paying respect for this little girl whose at the age of flowers and attended her funeral to say good-bye to her.

 may she rest in peace.. condolences to her family

 some other pictures:

Young Men Carrying Sandy's casket
Young Men Carrying Sandy’s casket
huge session following the body of Sandy

huge session following the body of Sandy

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The Martyr of Students

The Martyr of Students

Translated from Arabic by: FA ME

  “The buses were heading to Mosul University” says a witness who lived the tragedy of targeting buses that picked Christian students last Sunday “a roadside bomb was exploded, which made a huge confusion among us” another eyewitness says. Here comes the role of a brave man called “Radeef” he was one of those students who was heading to his university, at the time when the roadside bomb exploded, and in the middle of that confusion, a terrorist parked his pick-up truck right in the middle of the road when all buses stopped because of the roadside bomb. This pick-up truck drew the attention of our Hero “Radeef” which forced him to ask the terrorist, why he parked here? The terrorist replied saying that his gas is over, and he needs to get some gas to run his car. Out of “Radeef’s” intuition, he knew that this car is parked here for bad intentions, he called upon the students and the bus drivers to go back and run their engines and move as fast as they could. It was right, his intuition was right, the car exploded, and the terrorist ran away in the middle of that chaos.

 Without the courage of “Radeef” a Christian young man, maybe hundreds of students would have been dead by now, this incident isn’t a fabricated movie, it’s real, and has very deep meanings in the faith and sacrifice of our Christian hero, and that he deserves the title of “Martyr of Students” which his fellow wounded students want to call him because of his sacrifice.

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Students' Damaged Bus

Students' Damaged Bus

FA ME/ Sources: Ishtar TV (pictures) & New York Times.

Some 144 college students, all of them Christians, were wounded Sunday and another Iraqi was killed when a convoy of school buses was attacked in a double bombing on the outskirts of the northern city of Mosul, according to a security official.

 “We were going for our education and they presented us with bombs,” said Jamil Salahuddin Jamil, 25, a sophomore geography major, who was on board the lead bus. “I still do not know what they want from Christians.”

 The attack was a reminder of the threats in a still-disputed part of the country, claimed by Kurds and Arabs, where a resilient insurgency remains active and where American soldiers still man checkpoints.

Severely Wounded Students in Local Hospital

Severely Wounded Students in Local Hospital

The convoy of about 20 buses was taking students from Christian towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain, between Mosul and the semiautonomous Kurdistan region, back to classes at the University of Mosul.

 The buses were crossing a joint checkpoint manned by American, Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers, one of about two dozen such checkpoints that have been operating since the start of the year along the internal border between the semiautonomous Kurdish region and the rest of Iraq. The joint operation is aimed at dialing down tensions between Arabs and Kurds and to prevent extremists from exploiting the rifts.

 The buses were escorted by Iraqi soldiers because of past threats and attacks against Christians in the area, according to a senior security official in Mosul who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the attack with the news media.

 After the first buses crossed the checkpoint, a car bomb parked on the shoulder of the highway blew up in their path. Shortly afterward, a roadside bomb exploded, the official said.

 About five buses were hit by the bombs, witnesses said.

 The attack happened in an industrial area known as Kokjali, between the checkpoint and an Iraqi Army checkpoint less than a mile ahead, the official said. The owner of a nearby car repair shop was killed and at least 70 students were wounded, some severely, he said.

 Mr. Jamil, who spoke from his hospital bed in the town of Qaraqosh, halfway between Mosul and the Kurdish regional capital, Erbil, said one of his classmates lost her leg in the attack and two others were blinded.

A Mother Crying for her beloved ones!

A Mother Crying for her beloved ones!

Wounded Christian Student

Wounded Christian Student

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