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Kirkuk, IRAQ – Shiite and Sunni Imams of different ethnic groups visited Archbishop Sako to deliver Christmas greetings. Witnesses of the encounter underlined a “shared desire for mutual understanding and peace.”
Shiite and Sunni imams in Kirkuk went in person to deliver Christmas greetings to the Chaldean archbishop, Mgr Louis Sako, in an atmosphere characterized by “sincere will of dialogue and mutual understanding”.
Michigan, USA - Dalia Issa has been counseling others since she was a teenager. “Growing up with five sisters made me a natural for this career,” says Dr. Issa. “I was the oldest and since my parents had a hard time understanding the American culture and the language I often took charge. When my younger sisters had questions I had to balance the social issues, our Chaldean customs and culture, and the peer pressure they were feeling.”
Dr. Issa is partner in a family coaching center in Bloomfield Hills. The firm has over six partners, twenty associates, and a staff of nearly forty. With revenues toppling ten million the group is considered one of the more influential experts in parental training.
“There is no other occupation that impacts society more than parenting. The role of a parent and family is the nucleus of a community, a culture, a nation. When I worked as a family psychologist it surprised me that there really were no formal courses or instruction for parents to deal with contemporary issues. I started the firm with a handful of friends and colleagues and we have been growing ever since,” says Issa.
Michigan, USA – Chaldeans are applauding the good work of the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The firm is appealing a federal judge's recent approval of a virulently anti-Catholic resolution passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel, a Carter appointee and one time counsel for the liberal extremist National Organization for Women (NOW). The Law Center is bringing to light the blatant abuse of power to deride the constitution.
Chaldean Lawyers have taken interest in how the San Francisco court system seems to have hijacked the rule of law for their personal agenda. The activisms say many legal scholars are appalling and ironically hypocritical.
Not surprisingly the activist judge Marilyn Patel ruled that the Board resolution condemning Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality and urging the Archbishop of San Francisco and Catholic Charities of San Francisco to defy Church directives does not violate the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Baghdad, Iraq – Continual pleas for neutrality and safety by the indigenous people of Iraq have fallen on deaf ears. The Chaldean minorities remains targets by insurgents bent on destabilizing Iraq and turn the modern nation into a fanatic Islamic regime. Chaldeans are not only the targets of Islamic fundamentalist but also Kurdish, Shia, and Sunni militias that pick apart the minority group in order to claim their land or raise ransom money to fund their military groups.
“We have become pawns in this deadly game of chess that threatens to wipe out a people who have remained in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) for over ten-thousand years,” says Yousif Kanno a Chaldean antiquity historian.
Baghdad, Iraq - Another Chaldean priest was abducted yesterday in Baghdad. Fr Samy Al Raiys, whose disappearance was announced by the Chaldean Patriarchate. The abduction took place by the hands of unknown men who forcibly grabbed the priest near home.
The Chaldean Patriarchate of Baghdad, which reported the abduction, launched an appeal on its website. Addressing the abductors, it asked: "We beg you not to harm him but to treat him well. We trust Father Samy in the hands of the Lord and of Providence, asking Him to help save Iraq from these kidnapping which terrorize everyone, adults and children alike".
An Advent Poem
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the townthere’s no hint of Jesus anywhere to be found. The people were busy with Christmas time choreslike hanging of tinsel and shopping in stores. No songs about mangers, "no crib for a bed."The songs were of Santa all dressed-up in red. Mom watched Martha Stewart, while dad consumed beer;both of them hoping to get Christmas cheer. When what from the T.V. glad tidings they hear?A swinging bright choir, there’s a big sale at Sears. So away to the mall they all flew in a flash...Buying presents on credit - and others with cash