(RNS) — 'They were refugees, they did what the world wanted them to do. They went back home, they tried to rebuild and then we just opened the gates for more terror to come back again into their lives after they were trying to rebuild.'
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (RNS) — Chaldeans, like other people of minority faiths, need protection and revival, not condemnation and expulsion.
(RNS) — The 66-year-old Muslim refugee from Iraq, who has lived in the U.S. for decades and trained tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers, spent two years inside an Albuquerque church’s basement seeking sanctuary from deportation.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Mass on Christmas Eve is one of the highlights of the Vatican's liturgical year and starts a busy week for Francis.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's soaring water pollution is threatening the religious rites of its tight-knit Mandaean community, already devastated by 15 years of war that has also affected the country's other minority sects.
(RNS) — The cost of a White House dinner celebrating evangelical Christian leadership may be silence on the plight of persecuted Christians and other religious minorities around the world.
(RNS) — U.S. evangelical leaders have applauded a move to fund the restoration of Iraqi religious minority communities through USAID. But most parties involved say the real vexing issue is security.
(RNS) — Pope Francis continues to remake the College of Cardinals so that almost half of the men who will choose his successor have been chosen by him.
Without security and stability Christians are not going back home, he said.
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Shiite holiday marks the end of the mourning period for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson and a central figure in Shiite Islam.
(RNS) — Now that ISIS has been driven from Mosul in Iraq, Muslim traditionalists say it is imperative to start reconstructing the Mosque of the Prophet Jonah, which had marked the site since the 12th century, along with the ruins of a seventh-century Christian church.
(RNS) — U.S. Rep Chris Smith, R-N.J., blames 'U.S. government bureaucrats' for the failure to provide promised aid to persecuted religious minorities in Iraq.
(RNS) — “The removal of artifacts from a country belongs to the imperial era and this should not be happening anymore," said Gabriel Barkay, a renowned Israeli biblical archaeologist. "It dates to a time when archaeologists thought the nations where they excavated were primitive and saw themselves as the guardians of cultural treasures.”
(RNS) 'No dealer in his right mind would have been involved in this,' said Jerome Eisenberg, an antiquities dealer who has specialized in ancient art for more than 60 years.
(Reuters) The forfeiture will include some 5,500 artifacts from the region of modern-day Iraq that were shipped under false labels, as well as an additional $3 million to settle the civil charges, the Department of Justice said.