Anglosphere Society to host summit on defending Middle East Christians

The cradle of Christianity risks being eradicated and should be of compelling concern to Christians of all denominations. The Anglosphere Society is convening experts in various disciplines to present a clear-eyed analysis of the challenges that face our fellow Christians in the Middle East in the post-ISIS era.

The Economist headlined a recent article about the liberation of Raqqa in Syria from ISIS last month this way: “To the victors, the toils.”

While we can all rejoice that the blood-soaked reign of ISIS terror is ended, the Anglosphere Society invites you to their Second Annual Conference daytime inter-faith forum to be held December 5, 2017 at the 3 West Club in New York City. Learn more and dialogue with experts about the subsequent protection, reconstruction, and inclusion for Christians in the Middle East.


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US Vatican envoy calls religious freedom a national security issue

​By John L. Allen Jr.


Vowing that the United States “will not stand by as spectators” while religious freedom is violated around the world, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the U.S. will host the first-ever “Ministerial,” or summit of ministry-level officials, on religious freedom in Washington July 25-26.  That summit, Pompeo said, will “break new ground” and will not just be a “discussion group.”


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Prince Charles: I am heartbroken at Christian persecution in Middle East

​By Harry Farley 


The Prince of Wales has spoken of his heartbreak at Christian persecution in the Middle East as he called on believers in the UK to step up their response to the crisis.  In a moving speech on Tuesday Prince Charles said Christians in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East face 'troubled times' and 'desperate trials' as he urged prayers for those 'forced to leave their homes in the face of the most brutal persecution on account of their faith'.


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Pence Demands USAID Break Through Bureaucratic Gridlock to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

​By Susan Crabtree


Incensed over bureaucratic attempts to thwart a direct White House executive order, Vice President Mike Pence is dispatching U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green to Iraq to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are going to help save Christian and Yazidi communities decimated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  

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Coming home from genocide: How to prevent ISIS from rising again 

​By John Burger


he Islamic State failed to establish its caliphate, and ISIS territory has been reconquered. But the Christian communities of the Middle East, one of the targets of ISIS oppression, are still vulnerable and in need of protection, experts agreed during a daylong conference in New York City this week. 

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A rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians

​By RABBI DANIEL LAPIN


I am certainly not a Churchill. I am not even a Revel. I am having enough trouble just trying to be a Lapin. But I am issuing a very serious warning about deep consequences, just as they did. It is a warning about the earliest stages of what could become a cataract of disasters if not resisted now.  During the 1930s, Winston Churchill desperately tried to persuade the English people and their government to see that Hitler meant to end their way of life. 


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Nina Shea quoted - U.S. gathering on religious freedom sets up competing narratives

​By  Nahal Toosi and Lorraine Woellert 


The U.S. will host a first-of-its-kind gathering on international religious freedom next week, an assembly being hailed by evangelical voters who helped propel President Donald Trump into office. The three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom has become the hottest ticket in Washington, with more than 80 countries sending delegations, hundreds of rights activists attending, and a number of others being shut out for political reasons as well as lack of space.


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Trump: Fighting Christian Persecution Will Be a Priority

By Megan Bailey


The United States might soon be prioritizing the resettlement of Christian refugees, President Trump said in a statement.  “They’ve been horribly treated,” Trump said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network anchor David Brody. “Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States?”   


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Why We Should Give Asylum To Asia Bibi

Shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool


My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. Is it not passing strange that while other Governments, 200 parliamentarians and the leader writers of national newspapers have all spoken powerfully and clearly calling for asylum to be granted to Asia Bibi, we take Trappist vows of silence? 


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Iraq After ISIS: How to Get Christians to Stay   

​By Edward Pentin


ERBIL, Iraq — Nearly a year since Mosul was liberated from the Islamic State and the terrorist organization effectively defeated, new challenges confront the relatively few Christians remaining in the ancient Christian towns of northern Iraq who feel let down by the United States and continually ignored by the West.  


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Ronald S. Lauder remarks: The Crisis for Christians in the Middle East

Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, New York   Dec. 5, 2016



Syria's "War After ISIS" Begins as Turkey Attacks U.S. Anti-ISIS Partner

​By Jennifer Cafarella and Elizabeth Teoman with Bradley Hanlon


Key Takeaway: Turkey launched an air-ground operation against the American partner force in Syria, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), in Afrin district northwest of Aleppo City on January 20th, 2018. Turkey’s goal is to extend its buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. Turkey may subsequently attack the town of Manbij, east of Afrin on the banks of the Euphrates River. 

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Brownback Confirmation Comes at a Crucial Time for Religious Freedom Worldwide

​By Lou Ann Sabatier


The resignation announcement comes the day after Brownback was confirmed as President Trump's Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.   Overland Park, Kan., native and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer will takeover for Brownback as governor.


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2nd Annual Conference ! - Crisis for Christians in the Middle East - Videos

Today is a fateful anniversary that should be remembered throughout the world.

​By David Alton


As Nina Shea, one of the world’s leading campaigners against genocide  reminds us, in the summer of 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants attacked the city of Mosul and then continued an assault across the Nineveh Plains. They devastated the historic homelands of the Christian and Yezidis, displacing more than 100,000 people in a matter of days.


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The U.S. Is Not a Serious Ally, Say Middle Eastern Christians

​By Benedict Kiely


Mosul, Iraq — It’s not the crushed buildings, open bomb craters, or even the bloodstained floors where the bodies of ISIS fighters have been rotting since the liberation of the Old City of Mosul that shock especially. It is the clumps of beard hair in the ruined churches.

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Help Is on the Way for Middle Eastern Christians

​By Mark Green


When Islamic State captured the Iraqi town of Telskuf four years ago this week, terrorists desecrated the local Chaldean Catholic church and beheaded congregants on the altar. The slaughter was only one episode from the genocide ISIS waged on Christians and other vulnerable religious groups across its so-called caliphate, nearly exterminating some of the region’s most ancient faith communities.   

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Cardinal Schönborn: all religions must respect rule of law

​By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt


Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that if  “religious communities” do not abide by the rule of law, then the state has the right to intervene to enforce the law. He was speaking last week after the Austrian Government announced plans to close down seven mosques and potentially expel about 60 imams from the country. 


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A Catholics urged to fight world’s apathy on persecuted Christians

​By Beth Griffin • Catholic News Service


Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said Catholics should learn from their “Jewish elder brothers and sisters” how best to advocate with elected leaders to alleviate the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East.  “It took us a while to answer the alarm clock” on the issue, but Catholics have responded generously with aid, awareness and prayers, he told participants at a Dec. 5 conference on “Preserving Christian Communities in the Middle East and Curbing Anti-Semitism.”  Cardinal Dolan and other speakers said indifference, secularism and a societal reluctance to call evil by its real name contribute to lack of large-scale outrage and political action to protect Christians and help them live safely in their homelands.


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Drawing on faith: Portrait artist brings attention to plight of Mideast Christians

By John Burger 


This past week, churches and other institutions around to world have been observing Courage in Red Week, to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians. Some buildings and landmarks have been bathed in red light in a campaign promoted by Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide to shed light on the issue.


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Extraordinary leadership noted as former congressman Frank Wolf leaves 21Wilberforce

By Religion News LLC


“Congressman Wolf has been instrumental in shaping 21Wilberforce to the force for change that it is today,” said Randel Everett, Founder and President. “His leadership has been extraordinary. 21Wilberforce is grounded in the conviction that freedom of belief is a basic human right, and Frank has carried the torch.”   


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Amanda Bowman is the Founder of The Anglosphere Society. 

Strengthening the ties between the United States, United Kingdom, and the English speaking world.

Discovering Mother Mary in northern Iraq after ISIS

By Kevin Clarke


Travelers visiting Iraqi Kurdistan for the first time may be surprised by the giant statue of the Virgin Mary at this busy square not far from the U.S. consulate, but Erbil is known for its ethnic and religious diversity, and Ankawa is a largely Christian community.


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America shouldn't send endangered religious minority refugees back to Iran

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 


Scores of members of Iranian religious minorities left their homeland more than a year ago at Washington’s invitation with the intention of coming to America. But now they may be barred from the U.S. for security reasons and could be placed in imminent danger of deportation back to the Islamic dictatorship – where they likely would face persecution, or even imprisonment and death. 


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Iran: One of the bravest women in the world stands up for freedom -- The West should stand with her

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 


In Iran, a young woman with a growing Twitter reputation as the world’s bravest proponent of women’s rights is now reported to be facing serious criminal charges in that repressive theocracy for a single act of peaceful defiance -- appearing in public without a head scarf.  A December 27 video of her flouting Iran’s compulsory veiling of women went viral during recent anti-regime demonstrations there. On Tehran’s busy Enghelab Street, she is seen standing on a concrete post, head uncovered, while solemnly waving a white scarf affixed to a stick, like a flag. Poignantly, the street’s Persian name means “Revolution.”


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Life Returning Slowly to Christian Homeland in Iraq

By Kenneth R. Timmerman


Christians are gradually returning to their historic homeland in northern Iraq, after three years of ISIS occupation.  The lucky ones managed to flee before the ISIS onslaught in the pre-dawn hours of August 6, 2014, and returned to find their houses intact. 


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215 Million Christians Persecuted, Mostly by Muslims 

​By Raymond Ibrahim


“215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution” around the world, says Open Doors, a human rights organization. On its recently released World Watch List 2018, which ranks the world’s 50 worst nations wherein to be Christian, 3,066 Christians were killed, 1,252 abducted, and 1,020 raped or sexually harassed on account of their faith; 793 churches were attacked or destroyed.     


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World’s First Shrine Dedicated to Persecuted Christians - Our Lady of Aradin “Mother of the Persecuted Church” 

​Letter His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan - Archbishop of New York


Cardinal Dolan wrote, “How timely, and how relevant, that we welcome our Mother to the heart of New York.”



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USAID Shifts on Aid to Christians, Yazidis in Iraq

​By Susan Crabtree


USAID, responding to pressure late last year from Vice President Mike Pence, announced today that it is altering its policies in order to ensure that millions of dollars in U.S. aid appropriated by Congress reaches Iraqi religious minorities.  Pence, during an October speech at a dinner highlighting the plight of persecuted Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in the Middle East and elsewhere, promised that the Trump administration would stop the State Department's "ineffective" relief efforts that directed all the funds to United Nations, which has a religious-blind policy of disbursing the funds to all refugees in Iraq.


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A plan to end the suffering 

​By TAS Founder Amanda Bowman


Following the liberation of Raqqa, the Economist headlined an article “To the victors, the toils”. While we can all rejoice that the blood-soaked reign of ISIS terror has ended, the challenges facing Christians returning to their homes are certainly daunting.  For one thing, there are far fewer of them. The Christian population of 1.4 million that lived in Iraq in 2003 has dwindled to fewer than 250,000. This represents a catastrophic decline for a Church that traces its faith back to the Apostle Thomas and which continues to pray in Aramaic, the language of Our Lord.  That the cradle of Christianity risks being eradicated should be of compelling concern to Christians of all denominations.


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Readout of The Vice President's Call with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi Of Iraq

​By Vice President Mike Pence


Vice President Mike Pence spoke today with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq. The leaders discussed the Trump Administration’s deep commitment to protect persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and the greater Middle East, a commitment which is shared by Prime Minister Abadi. They also discussed the upcoming May elections in Iraq, reports of Iran attempting to meddle in Iraq’s election and government formation, and the need to ensure free and fair elections that include Iraq’s citizens displaced by the fight against ISIS. Vice President Pence congratulated Prime Minister Abadi on Iraqi Security Force successes against ISIS and highlighted the continuing great partnership between Iraq’s Security Forces and the U.S. military and coalition partners. The Vice President was pleased to hear more about the re-opening of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s airports and the initial payment of some Kurdistan Regional Government salaries. Both leaders expressed looking forward to increased trade and economic ties between Iraq and the United States. 


Saudi Arabia Inks Deal with Vatican to Build Christian Churches

​By Thomas D. Williams, PH.D.


For the first time in history, Saudi Arabia has entered into a joint agreement with the Vatican to build churches for Christians living in the officially Muslim nation.  The agreement was signed by the Secretary General of the Muslim World League Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdel Karim Al-Issa and the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue in the Vatican, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, according to a reportWednesday from the Egypt Independent newspaper.


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Nina Shea quoted- Washington Post: Under pressure from Pence, U.S. aid is directed to Christian, Yazidi communities in Iraq

​By Carol Morello


“Why would you not give aid on the basis of creed if it’s genocide based on creed,” said Nina Shea, head of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute and a leader of the coalition advocating for more aid. 


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Debate: International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day

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Today is religious freedom day and MPs in the House of Commons held an important and well informed debate that should be widely shared. From Nigeria to Pakistan, from China to Burma, MPs highlighted shocking stories of genocide, persecution, discrimination and crimes against humanity. Read it here 


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Life in Egypt for a Christian Woman: ‘Easy Prey’

​By Engy Magdy


To be a woman in a country where most of her people see women as a disgrace, and at best look at her from a sexual point of view, it is a heavy burden, but even worse when you are a Christian woman. It is hell!  To be a Coptic woman, you are under many grievances by society and church alike. Coptic women in Egypt face two dilemmas: gender as a female and religion as Christians.   


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A world indifferent to genocide   

​By Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Ron Lauder

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Nigeria bishops say government can't or won't protect Christians from terrorists

​By  Christian Today staff writer 


Catholic bishops in Nigeria have told the country's president Muhammadu Buhari his government is 'incapable or unwilling' to protect citizens from attacks by Fulani herdsmen.  They describe the Muslim pastoralists who have murdered hundreds of Christians as 'terrorists masquerading as herdsmen', according to World Watch Monitor. 

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Turkey Turns On Its Christians

​By ANNE-CHRISTINE HOFF


While Christians make up less than half a percent of Turkey’s population, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Reconciliation Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) depict them as a grave threat to the stability of the nation. With Erdoğan’s jihadist rhetoric often stereotyping Christian Turkish citizens as not real Turks but rather as Western stooges and collaborators, many Turks seem to be tilting toward an “eliminationist anti-Christian mentality,” to use historian Daniel Goldhagen’s term. 


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Even after ISIS is defeated, Muslim extremists prevent Iraqi Christians from returning to their homes

​By URagheb Elias Karash


What is the current situation of the Christian community on the Nineveh Plains and in Mosul? How many Christians have returned to the region in the wake of the ouster of ISIS? To start, the number of families that have returned to Mosul does not exceed 20! 


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Would you like to learn more about the crisis that Christians face today, especially in the Middle East?  Below are resources that will enlighten you to only some of the atrocities committed against them.”

A new kindergarten breathes life into a devastated Iraq community

By Kevin Clarke


Many of the children in this kindergarten in Qaraqosh, Iraq, were infants when Daesh stormed this Christian city in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2014. They are lucky that way at least; they will never remember the night of terror their parents and other family members experienced as they fled the city. 


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The Islamist War on Coptics Is Impossible to Overlook

By Imam Tawhidi


Growing up as a young Muslim boy in Australia, our family doctor was a Coptic Christian. Today, my personal doctor is also a Coptic, and while being greatly involved in interfaith diplomacy, I have met hundreds of Copts.  


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In the wake of ISIS: Seeking to restore what is right and good for the Yazidis

​By  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)


In May of 2016, Navy Seal Charlie Keating was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in an area of Northern Iraq known as the Nineveh Plain.  Christians, Yazidis, and the Shabak sect of Shia Islam all call the area home, forming a unique cultural mosaic, a centuries-old tapestry of religious diversity. ISIS targeted these communities for genocidal extermination. 


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Merry Christmas, Iraq

​By William McGurn• WSJ


Christians are joyful over Islamic State’s defeat—but they’re worried about Iran. 

A few nights from now the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Matti Warda, will celebrate Midnight Mass with his Iraqi flock.

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Living With Genocide: Four Years After ISIS Attacked

Pence promise fulfilled: US changes rules on the UN to help Christian and minority victims of 'genocide' in Iraq

​By  George Russell 


Help appears finally to be on the way to thousands of desperate Christian, Yazidi and other minority refugees in northern Iraq, more than two months after Vice President Mike Pence promised last October 25 to  “stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations” and “provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID.”  


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“How many of you pray for persecuted Christians?” Pope Francis asks


 “Pray with me, that they may experience the support of all the Churches and communities, through prayer and material assistance.” 
In the lead-up to this meeting, Aleteia is answering the pope’s call. As people of faith, we know there is genuine power in prayer, but there is something uniquely powerful and uplifting about praying together. Watch the Youtube video 


World looks the other way at Christian persecution, Pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves 


Love for neighbour means being close to people, especially those facing oppression and violence for being Christian, and engaging in charitable work that that reflects Christian values and promotes inter-religious dialogue, Pope Francis has said.A Pakistani Christian woman’s appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest....


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Egyptian Christians Bury Dead After Islamists Massacre Pilgrims


Coptic Christians in the Egyptian city of Minya prepared to bury their dead on Saturday, a day after militants ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery, killing seven and wounding 19.


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100 Iranian Christians Waiting to Enter U.S. Could Be Sent Back to Iran This Week

​By Susan Crabtree


U.S. government action could send 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Vienna back to Iran this week, where their return during the harsh government crackdown on dissidents could target them for further persecution, human rights activists warn. The deportation threat looms despite the Trump administration's and Congress's vocal support for protesters in Iran, who are waging the strongest nationwide uprising against the government in Tehran in eight years.


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Is the West finally pushing Saudi Arabia to squelch its version of radical Islam?

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 


The West is showing evidence of a newly stiffened spine in the face of Saudi Arabian influence on Islamic culture – and none too soon.  The world heard the get-tough rhetoric of President Trump last May in the Saudi capital of Riyadh when he admonished Muslim leaders to begin “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.”


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New Iraqi Leader Vows to 'Support Christians'  

​By World Watch Monitor


he Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Sako, has telephoned Iraqi Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr to congratulate him on his unexpected victory in the country’s recent parliamentary elections. The Patriarchate also said that Sako told Sadr he hoped for a government that promotes the common good of all the Iraqi people. According to the Patriarchate, Sadr thanked Sako for his words and pledged to “support Christians”, the Vatican-linked news agency Fides reported.  


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Pope fears for Christian presence in Mideast

​By France 24


Pope Francis on Saturday voiced concern that Christians will disappear from the Middle East amid "murderous indifference," as church leaders from Syria and Lebanon called on Western states to help return Syrian refugees.  The Argentine Pope was addressing the leaders of almost all the Middle Eastern churches gathered in the port city of Bari to pray for peace in the region. 


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Why Christians Need Self Rule in Iraq

​By Uzay Bulut


On March 8, three members of an Assyrian Christian family -- Dr. Hisham Maskoni, his wife, Dr. Shadha Malik Dano, and her elderly mother -- were stabbed to death in their home in Baghdad. The two doctors, who had left Iraq, the country of their birth, in 2003, returned five years ago to work at St. Raphael Hospital in the capital. 


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The Christian Duty to Defend Democracy   

​By Lord Alton of Liverpool


What was true in ancient Greece and Rome; what was true in eighteenth century England and in a Europe faced by Nazism remains true today. We each have a duty to act.



Burma’s Rohingya Muslims Need the Trump Administration’s Help

By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 


Throughout its second term, the Obama administration downplayed mounting evidence that Burma’s Rohingya community was being deliberately eradicated by the country’s military. Genocide was an inconvenient fact for an administration eager to claim a foreign-policy achievement in Burma’s democratic transition. 


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Nina Shea quoted - Persecution of Andrew Brunson, John Cao Shared at Religious Freedom Ministerial

​By Morgan Lee


The first victim of religious persecution to share their story today at the US State Department’s first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom couldn’t share it in person.


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We need an international day for victims of religious persecution

By  Lord Alton of Liverpool


The international community has failed miserably in its response to the crimes against humanity inflicted upon religious minorities in Syria, Iraq and Burma.  Those responsible scoff at the notion that they will ever be brought to justice. 


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The Lessons of the Asia Bibi Case

By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 


Asia Bibi, the Catholic mother imprisoned in Pakistan for nine years and condemned to hang for violating that country’s strict blasphemy law, has drawn broad sympathy throughout the West.  


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UK 'Won't Offer Asylum To Asia Bibi Amid Security Concerns'

By Amardeep Bassey


A Pakistani Christian woman’s appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost UK has been told....The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned Bibi’s 2010 conviction for “insulting the prophet Mohammed” last week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.


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US should aid religious minorities abroad directly, without going through the UN   

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 


​The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy Report unveiled this week makes it a priority to “protect religious freedom and religious minorities” abroad. This is an integral part of the new U.S. strategy to champion American values around the world.  To make this happen, the administration should start by ending the United Nations’ role as middleman for distributing U.S. aid to the world’s needy. In the Middle East, U.N.-administered aid programs that undermine American values are working to drive out threatened Christians and Yazidi minorities. 


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Why are US aid policies in Iraq helping Iran and hurting Christian and Yazidi minorities?   

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

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Iranian Christians, Other Religious Minorities, Turn to Austria for Help After U.S. Denies Asylum

​By Susan Crabtree


A displaced group of Iranian Christians and other religious minorities persecuted in their homeland are pleading with the Austrian government and Catholic authorities in Vienna not to send them back to Iran after the United States rejected their applications for asylum earlier this week.  

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Christianity's prospects of surviving in its birthplace are grim   

​By Perry Chiaramonte

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"A Pure Genocide": Extremist Persecution of Christians

By Raymond Ibrahim


In what the Christian Association of Nigeria called a "pure genocide," 238 more Christians were killed and churches desecrated by Muslims throughout the month of June. This brings the death toll of Christians to more than 6,000 between January and June of 2018 alone.


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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Bishops Mark Nov. 26 as Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians

  

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Poll measures US Catholic perception of Christian persecution around the world

​By Religion News LLC


 Forty percent of US Catholics believe that Christian persecution around the world is “severe.” Four-in-ten Catholics say that half or more of religiously-based attacks around the world are directed at Christians.  However, US Catholics say they are less concerned about Christian persecution than about human trafficking, poverty, climate change, and the global refugee crisis.


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Watch 2015 Video: The amazing response of the Egyptian Christians whose loved ones were beheaded by ISIS has inspired a solidarity movement for those suffering for Christ in the Middle East.




Prince Charles Delivers Easter Message on Christian Persecution

Dolan: Persecution of Christians a ‘kitchen table’ topic for U.S. Catholics 

​By Christopher White


NEW YORK - The persecution of Christians around the world has become a “kitchen table topic” for Catholics, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. While Dolan acknowledged that Christians were slow “to answer the alarm clock,” he offered high praise for the current level of engagement of U.S. Christians in responding to the needs of Christians overseas, particularly in the Middle East.


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Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

Nina Shea, director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and co chair of its Working Group on Religious Pluralism in the Middle East, attends the Oval Office bill signing yesterday.


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Iraqi Christian hits Pope’s 'submissive' policy on tolerance for Islam, other religions

​By Hollie McKay 


ERBIL, Iraq –  Iraq’s Christian community, still struggling to pick up the pieces of a genocidal ISIS campaign to wipe them from their ancestral homeland, are speaking up against Pope Francis and the Vatican for not doing enough to support their struggle for survival. 


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