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Mosul, Iraq - Gunmen have kidnapped the archbishop of the Chaldean Catholic Church in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and murdered three of his aides. The 65 year old archbishop was ordained in 2001. Archibishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was ambushed as he left a church in the eastern al-Nour district, immediately after he finished celebrating the rite of the Via Crucis at a local church and shared consoling words of hope and peace.
Eyewitnesses said that a group of armed men attacked Archbishop Rahho’s vehicle. The gunmen opened fire on the car, killing the three aides, before kidnapping the archbishop. There is no further information of Rahho's whereabouts or his condition. An aide to Iraq's Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, leader of the church, said he did not know who was behind the kidnapping of the 65-year-old archbishop.
Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, Iraqi Christians have been targeted by Islamic extremists who label them "crusaders" loyal to U.S. troops. Fanatic Muslims are using this strategy in order to recruit other extremists, raise terror funds, and force Christians to flee the country forfeiting their homes and property to extremists. Property is then sold or used to fund insurgency strikes against coalition forces.
Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Church Sports League brings over nearly five hundred Chaldean athletes, fans, and organizers to the Royal Oak Gym each week. Overcoming harsh sleet, snow, or ice the gym remains packed with players and supporters. “I am so happy our church is doing this. I look forward Sunday and can’t wait to see my team at church, says Maroki of St. Joseph Chaldean Church.
Concluding week four and five of the thirteen week league, the teams are starting to find their sweet spots said Brian Alyas. “Watching my brother play is nice. It is good to see the team coming together.” Team jitters seem to be falling to the wayside as players begin to be more consistent on the court. Coach Derrick Dabbish of the St. George Dragon Slayers attributes teamwork to his team’s success. “They are playing excellent. Great hustle, excellent focus, and listening to the plays called by the coaches very well.”
George Kizy, St. Joseph’s Middle School Coach says, “I was proud of my guys they gave a valiant effort. St Thomas Team 2 had a fast team. We knew that from playing them just two weeks ago.” St. Joseph’s Dominic Jemmoa came through with many key shots that kept the game close. Julian Yacoub helped with impressive game rebounding and Savastian Jarbo defended marvelously.
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Kirkuk, IRAQ - Chaldean Archbishop Sako has been elected interim chairman of the Iraqi Council of Christians. A newly formed body that works to broker peace in Iraq and help communicate the importance of Christians in the Middle East. The Archbishop explains that the goal is to create a single unit to engage with the authorities and Christians’ Muslim brothers, but not to be a political party.
The idea developed after a series of deadly coordinated attacks against Christian early this year across Iraq. Iraqi Christians remain at risk and weakened by persecution and continual harassment. Mass emigration and without proper political representation the indigenous people of Iraq are fast faltering. Working at first at the local level the Christian Council is hoping to create a unified voice that will work to promote peace and solidarity among all Iraqis.
Michgian, USA - Mother of God Chaldean Catholic church invites the Chaldean community to join the 40 Days for Life Campaign. The event kick’s-off today at 7:00 PM at the Church of Transfiguration (Formerly St. Michael) located on 25225 Code Road, Southfield, MI 48033.
During the season of Lent leading up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection, from February 6 - March 16, 2008, our community will be uniting with 58 other cities in 31 states for a large simultaneous pro-life mobilization – the nationwide 40 Days for Life campaign. People of faith across America are praying that this effort will mark the beginning of the end of abortion.
The event will feature Associate Priest of Priests for Life Fr. Peter West and Michelle Yax, Director of the Mother and Unborn Baby Care Center.
40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign that has generated measurable lifesaving results in more than 80 cities where it has been implemented. Some locations have reported as much as a 28% drop in local abortion numbers and hundreds of new people getting involved in local lifesaving ministry efforts. The 40 Days of Life campaign is made up of three key components:
Baoutha is a three-day celebration that is composed of prayers and fasting.
This annual observance is limited to the Chaldean Catholic Church and occurs exactly 3 weeks before the start of lent.
In the 6th century a severe plague inflicted the northern regions of modern day Iraq; the ancient city of Nineveh, modern day Mosul, Iraq.