The new, large church inaugurated on Monday, June 27 by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I in Ankawa, a Christian-majority suburb of the city of Erbil, where many Christians fled their villages in the Nineveh Plain in front of the offensive of the self-styled Islamic state militias (Daesh) found shelter, is dedicated to Mary Mother of Perpetual Help (as the icon donated by Pope Pius IX to the Redemptorist Fathers exactly 150 years ago, in 1866).
The Muslim mob, which were described as “fanatic” by a terrified witness, began wreaking havoc at a Christian-owned building which was under construction.
The crowd believed it was set to be turned into a Christian church and took umbrage, setting fire to the building and other nearby Christian properties.
The morning prayer from the Koran was read at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul on the first day of Muslim Ramadan, Monday, June 6, in the presence of Turkey’s general secretary of religious affairs.
Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) on Sunday called on Kosovo-Metohija Serbs to remain in the province, urging its displaced population to return.
Following a liturgy he served in St George’s Cathedral in Prizren, Kosovo-Metohija, he said that “Kosovo will remain ours if we carry it in our souls.”
Multiple human rights organizations are warning the German government of the conditions that Christians in asylum homes are being subjected to. One organization in particular has chronicled 231 specific cases of the harassment of Christians by Muslim migrants and Muslim security guards in asylum homes.
According to the Archbishop of Aleppo, when Westerners open their doors to Syrian refugees, it hurts, rather than helps, their cause. The solution lies not in welcoming more refugees, but in helping resolve the situation back home so they will not need to leave.
Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart said he is “not happy” with the news that Canada has welcomed about 25,000 Syrian refugees in the past few months, despite its good intentions.