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Charity accuses international community of failing Iraq’s Christians

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School plans marked down as ludicrous by Catholic head

A Catholic headteacher has condemned Government plans to issue fines to parents if they do not send their children back to school in September as “ludicrous” . The criticism comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said parents will be forced by law to send their...

UK detention policy lacks humanity, says JRS report

Immigration detention destroys the sense of humanity and fosters a culture of death, a new report from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK has found. Detained and Dehumanised: The Impact of Immigration Detention draws from the accounts of 27 forcibly displaced people...

Peer labels climate change as bigger threat than Covid crisis

Failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero to curb climate change will be far more damaging than the coronavirus pandemic, a Catholic peer has warned. Lord Deben, the chairman of the Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change likened global warming to a...

Christians and Muslims hope Mosul project helps rebuild trust

Christians and Muslims hope a project to reconstruct Mosul’s iconic places of worship, badly damaged by Daesh militants during their 2014-2017 occupation of the city, will also help to rebuild trust between Iraq’s fractured religious communities.

“Walking in the streets of Mosul, I saw a young neighbour, probably born after the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, who never knew peace time in the city,” French Dominican Fr Olivier Poquillon told Catholic News Service from the northern Iraqi city of Irbil.

“‘Oh, you are Christians,’ he told me and the group. ‘Come back, come back here to live in peace together,’ he implored us.

“We know it will be a challenge for everybody to rebuild trust among people, families and communities. But this is our faith. We believe in a God of mercy, and we believe we have this humanity as a common responsibility,” Fr Poquillon said.

The $50.4 million UNESCO project, funded by the United Arab Emirates, envisions rebuilding not only Mosul’s landmark Great Mosque of al-Nouri and its minaret, but also the renowned Conventual Church of Our Lady of the Hour, along with the Al-Tahera Syriac Catholic Church.

Picture: Dominican Fr Olivier Poquillon is seen on a site visit to Our Lady of the Hour Church in Mosul, Iraq, with a UNESCO team. Christians and Muslims hope a project to reconstruct Mosul’s iconic places of worship, badly damaged by Daesh militants during their 2014-2017 occupation of the city, will also help to rebuild trust between Iraq’s fractured religious communities. (CNS photo/courtesy Ordo Praedicatorum).

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Charity accuses international community of failing Iraq’s Christians

By John Newton and Maria Lozano If the international community does not take immediate action, forced emigration could decimate what remains of the Christian population in the Nineveh Plains – a Catholic charity has warned in a new report. According to the report by...

Top author backs CAFOD project

CAFOD has launched a new creative writing project for young people, with the intention of capturing their thoughts and feelings as we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown as part of the Catholic aid agency’s Summer of Hope campaign. Award-winning Catholic author Frank...

School plans marked down as ludicrous by Catholic head

A Catholic headteacher has condemned Government plans to issue fines to parents if they do not send their children back to school in September as “ludicrous” . The criticism comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said parents will be forced by law to send their...

UK detention policy lacks humanity, says JRS report

Immigration detention destroys the sense of humanity and fosters a culture of death, a new report from the Jesuit Refugee Service UK has found. Detained and Dehumanised: The Impact of Immigration Detention draws from the accounts of 27 forcibly displaced people...

Peer labels climate change as bigger threat than Covid crisis

Failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions to zero to curb climate change will be far more damaging than the coronavirus pandemic, a Catholic peer has warned. Lord Deben, the chairman of the Government’s advisory Committee on Climate Change likened global warming to a...