Local Chaldean Family Relieved at Obama's Action on Immigration

One local Chaldean family is breathing a giant sigh of relief after hearing President Obama's speech Thursday. San Diego 6 introduced you to Nesreen Daud and her family last week.  Nesreen was facing deportation to Iraq ... until now.

Daud and her family walked into the office of local Chaldean leader Mark Arabo last week pleading for help.  Daud had received a final judgement from a federal judge ordering her to be deported three days before Christmas.  On Thursday night, the family gathered in Arabo's office to watch Obama's speech.


10 Very Interesting Facts About the Catholic Church You Probably Didn't Know

How much do you know about the Catholic Church?

1.    Vatican City has the highest crime rate in the world! With a population around 500 people and a little over one crime per day, the Vatican crime rate is above 100 percent, per capita. Although the fact is shocking it should be remembered that the Vatican is about one square mile in size, and has nearly 20 million visitors annually. Most of the crimes are pickpockets, purse snatching and other petty offenses done by outsiders.


Knights Donate $2 Million for Middle East Refugee Housing

Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency. Credit: Maria Lozano.The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter is coming,” Anderson told CNA in a Nov. 20 interview.

“So we have to provide something for them on a more permanent basis because this isn’t going to be solved in the next few months or maybe even in the next few years,” he continued. “What we don’t want to have happen is people being born and dying in huge refugee camps, like what’s happened to the Palestinians, for example. So it’s important that we take some action.”


Islamic State Burns Bibles

Orders Christians to pay tax

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has ordered the 23 Christian families that remain in Ar-Raqqah, Syria, to pay a tax of $535 if they wish to avoid expulsion from the city.

Located in north-central Iraq, the city of 220,000 is now the capital of the Islamic State, which has organized the burning of Bibles and other Christian literature, according to a report from the Fides news agency.


Chosen to Rescue

Chaldean Exegesis of the Old Testament

The first of the Chaldean Pillars series has been published and is now available on Written by His Excellency, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, it offers a Chaldean perspective on the Old Testament. As stated in the introduction, "This book will aid the Chaldean faithful, and potentially many others, in realizing their call to be both the beneficiary of Christ’s grace and the specially tuned heralds of his universal redemption." The following book in the series will offer the Chaldean perspective on the New Tetament.

Just in time for the holiday season, this book will be a wonderful gift for loved ones and friends who wish to deepen their understanding of Scripture. 


A House of Prayer

St. Paul Church, North Hollywood Consecration & Ordination 

07Last Sunday, November 16, Mar Sarhad Yawsip Jammo, Eparch of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church consecrated the new Altar and Qanke (Sanctuary) of St. Paul Assyrian & Chaldean Catholic Church in North Hollywood, California.  Following consecration, his Excellency elevated the lector Ramin Rumtin to Sub–deacon.

In his message on the gospel, the bishop commented on the Third Characteristic of the church which is contained in the words of Christ the House of my Father shall be called a House of Prayer. He also thanked all those who donated and helped in the renovation project.


Fighting Our Spiritual Battles

High School Boys Retreat at St. George Monastery

IMG 1364Around 20 young High School boys from St. Peter's Chaldean Catholic cathedral attended the High School Boys Retreat on November 15-16, 2014. The retreat was led by newly ordained deacons, Royal Hannosh and Simon Esshaki.

They arrived at St. George Monastery on Saturday afternoon and spent the day meditating on the spiritual battle that all of us face in our daily lives. The night ended with a bonfire where stories and meditations were told and wish the boys could apply to their lives. The next day started with morning prayer from the Chaldean Liturgy, followed by a hike and more discussions on the topic.


The Year For Consecrated Life

The Catholic Church will open the Year for Consecrated Life on the first Sunday of Advent, with a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, will preside in the name of Pope Francis, who will be still on his apostolic trip to Turkey that day.

The first Sunday of Advent, which this year falls on 30 November, marks the start of the Church’s liturgical year. The Mass to inaugurate the Year for Consecrated Life will begin at 10 a.m.


Helping Christian Refugees

London 2012 army camp could house Christian refugees in Iraq

A plan to purchase a temporary camp which was used by the British military during the London 2012 Olympics and move it to Iraq to house Christian refugees is being put in place by a group of religious NGOs.

The facility, which originally catered for over 13,000 army personal providing security during the Games, includes several large all-season tents, beds, cookers, washing equipment and generators.


Holy Is the Lord Who Dwells in Light

Meditation on the Basilica Hymn of the Third Sunday of the Crowning of the Church

Solomon’s Question

At a critical moment, Solomon, the son of King David, asks a critical question. David had desired to build the temple of the Lord, and had been denied the honor because of his transgression; but his son Solomon accomplished what his father could not do. Thus after generations of anticipation and years of work, the temple of Solomon was dedicated. It was during this dedication ceremony that Solomon asks his critical question: “Can it indeed be that God dwells with mankind on earth? If the heavens and the highest heavens cannot contain you, how much less this temple which I have built!” (2 Chronicles 6:18). In the midst of an enormous celebration recalling God’s presence among us in the temple, Solomon questions the very motive for the celebration!



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