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Pope talks of Christians with Kurdish team

Mar-06-2011 at 03:35 AM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)


A oil painting of Pope Benedict XVI hangs as final preparations are made for the opening of "Vatican Splendors," at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis on May 14, 2010. Over 200 rare works of art and historically significant objects from the Vatican, some for the first ime, are display until September. St. Louis is one of only three U.S. cities to host this display which begins on May 15. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Pope talks of Christians with Kurdish team
by UPI, February 24, 2011.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2011/02/24/Pope-talks-of-Christians-with-Kurdish-team/UPI-68351298562996/

VATICAN CITY, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI praised visiting delegates from the Kurdish north of Iraq for promoting religious tolerance in the region, the Kurdish government said.

Kurdish President Massoud Barzani met Thursday with the pope in Vatican City. Barzani carried with him information on the status of the minority Christian community in Iraq.

"Pope Benedict XVI expressed his gratitude to the president and the Kurdistan Regional Government for their support for the Christian community in Iraq, and commended his leadership in promoting peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance in Iraq," a statement from the KRG read.

Violence targeting the Iraqi Christian population, traditionally based in the north, displaced as much as half of the ethnic minority community in 2008. An al-Qaida attack on a Christian church in Baghdad in October killed at least 60 people and left nearly 100 severely injured.

Catholic leaders in Baghdad, meanwhile, said that despite pledges from top Iraqi government officials that security would improve, Christians are afraid and are leaving the country.

There were around 1.4 million Christians living in Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Conservative estimates report that half that number remains in the country.

The statement from the Kurdish government said 10,000 Christian families have fled the violence since 2003.

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Assyria \ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)   1:  an ancient empire of Ashur   2:  a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)   3:  a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender   4:  a democratic state that believes in the freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the principles of the United Nations Charter — Atour synonym

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Assyrian \ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)   1:  descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur   2:  the Assyrians, although representing but one single nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.  These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the Christian Era.  No one can coherently understand the Assyrians as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control, religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a criterion of nationality.   3:  the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya, Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean, Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu, Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye, Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. — Assyrianism verb

Aramaic \ar-é-'máik\ n (1998)   1:  a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.   2:  has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.

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