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His fate held the world in suspense from August 15 to September 11, 2006. Father Saad Sirop Hanna was a young Iraqi priest, when he was kidnapped in Baghdad, after celebrating Mass of the Solemnity of the Assumption, by a Muslim extremist group linked to Al Qaeda. His case attracted international attention after Pope Benedict XVI requested prayers for his safe return.In “Abducted in Iraq. A Priest in Baghdad”, published in September 2017 by Notre
Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - A mortar shell hit the Bab Tuma area on Monday, January 8, in the old city of Damascus where several churches are concentrated, causing massive damage to the Latin Catholic parish of the Conversion of Saint Paul, entrusted to the pastoral care of the Franciscan friars. The side and the roof of the church were damaged, the windows were broken and the systems used to heat the parish were also damaged. The mortar shells al
(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Wednesday had a special greeting for an Egyptian delegation led by the country’s Tourism Minister, in Rome to promote a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt.Speaking during the Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope recalled his Apostolic Journey to Egypt last April saying that he has fond memories of the visit.He said Egypt is
(Vatican Radio) Men and women of goodwill across the globe on Thursday responded to Pope Francis' call to join in prayer to participate in the “One Minute for Peace” initiative.The Pope's appeal for prayers and international participation in the initiative came during his Wednesday General Audience when he recalled that the initiative represents a short moment a of prayer on the recurrence of themeeting in the Vatican between the P
Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) - "One thing that baffles, in the face of the US military attack on Syrian territory, is the speed with which it was decided and carried out, without any adequate investigation into the tragic massacre with chemical weapons which took place in Idlib province". This is what Syrian Bishop Georges Abou Khazen OFM, Vicar of Aleppo for Catholics of Latin rite says commenting on the US missile attack against the Syrian base near
Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) - "In this fragmented situation, with many interests and actors involved, it is difficult to be sure one hundred percent of the way things are. But what we know based on our experience, I just cannot imagine that the Syrian government is so naive and ignorant to be able to do such 'errors'". These are the first considerations that Syrian Bishop Antoine Audo, at the head of the Chaldean Diocese of Aleppo, shares with Agenzia
“One of our sisters was chosen to be part of the spirituality commission that is preparing the program for the Holy Father’s reception with the spiritual animation of parishes and of the faithful,” said to ZENIT, Mother Mara Clara Caramagno, Provincial Superior in Egypt of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, expressing their joy at the news of Pope Francis’ trip to Cairo on April 28-29. These sisters constitute a po
Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - Many of the Chaldean communities of the diaspora, spread in Western Countries, are asking the Patriarchate to urgently send priests for pastoral care. But the Chaldean Patriarchate cannot send priests working at the service of the dioceses in Iraq overseas, also because the pastoral care of communities present in the historically important areas of the Chaldean Church is a priority. For this reason, the communities of th
Aleppo, Syria, Feb 24, 2017 / 12:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly three months after the Syrian Army liberated the city of Aleppo from ISIS control, the local population is facing harsh living conditions in a city left in ruins after nearly six years of fighting.In an interview with the French aid organization L´Oeuvre D´Orient, Father Ziad Hilal who carries out his pastoral ministry in Aleppo, said that the cost of living in Syria has gotten more
Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Syria, is expected to arrive in Aleppo in the early afternoon today, Thursday, January 19, for a visit full of commitments and meetings that will continue until next Monday. The papal representative will also be accompanied by Mgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, until last 31 December Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. "What begins today - refers to Agenzia Fides Bishop Georges Abou Khazen OFM, Apo
The advance continues of the Iraqi army to liberate Mosul, second city of Iraq and bulwark of the Islamic State. The Special Forces that assaulted the government complex of the province of Nineveh, the University district, have reached another bridge over the Tigris, called Hurriya. At this point, close to 80% of Mosul has been liberated.The Jihadists’ counterattacks, last flick of the tail before the capitulation, were quickly repelled by the ar
Iraqi communists pay tribute to Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako I, and thank him for his contribution to national reconciliation and for his continuous efforts to encourage the involvement of all political, ethnic, social and religious components in the management of shared institutions. This is what a delegation of leaders of the Iraqi Communist Party, who visited the headquarters of the Chaldean Patriarchate on Monday, January 9th communi
(Vatican Radio) Commenting on the violence and divisions that have brought fear and mistrust into our world, Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa says “we must look to the child of Bethlehem and in him find ‘my brother’ and learn to accept the other in order to be able to build our lives with him”.Archbishop Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, told Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni
 "The victims of violence in Syria are all Syrians, Muslims and Christians. And the poor are those who suffer most, those who have not had a chance to escape". While the evacuation of the population from the east districts of Aleppo controlled for years by rebel militias continue with great difficulty, Father Jacques Murad, Syrian monk of the Deir Mar Musa Community, in a statement issued to Agenzia Fides said that a possible authentic recon
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa held a Christmas Press Conference at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on Monday, December 19.Following is the text of the press conference:I would like to thank you for your presence here today at the Latin Patriarchate, and on behalf of the Universal Church, I wish you a Christmas full of blessings, joy and love! In our region surrounded by wars,