IDC News

National Catholic Register, November 25,
Saudis Target Lebanon, the Hope of Middle-Eastern Christians

Catholic Vote Radio, November 20,
IDC Executive Director Philippe Nassif discussed the American leadership on Christians’ persecution in the Middle East

National Catholic Register, November 16,
CRS Bishop: We’re Serving Mideast Victims of Genocide, Refugees

LBCI, November 2,
Prime Time Political Talk Show Kalam El Nas Report on IDC 2017 Summit

The Economist, October 27,
The politics of helping Middle Eastern Christians

Associated Press, October 26,
Vice President Pence to visit Israel and Egypt in December

The White House, October 25,
Remarks by the Vice President at In Defense of Christians Solidarity Dinner

The Atlantic, October 26,
Mike Pence Promises to Defend Christians in the Middle East

The Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI), October 24-26,
IDC 2017 Summit Coverage

MTV Lebanon, October 24-26,
IDC 2017 Summit Coverage

IDC Activities

On November 29, IDC Special Assistant Yousif Kalian and National Outreach Associate Steven Howard caught up with Congressman Ro Khanna after his address with Foreign Policy for America, “Congressional War Powers and U.S. Involvement in the War in Yemen,” and thanked him for speaking at IDC’s 2017 Summit as well as supporting the Security and Stability of Lebanon by co-sponsoring House Resolution 252. The three also discussed further ways in which the U.S. government can protect religious diversity in the Middle East.

From left to right: IDC Special Assistant Yousif Kalian, Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) and IDC National Outreach Associate Steven Howard.

On November 28, IDC took part in the Chaldean Catholic Memorial Mass for Persecuted Christians hosted by Saint John Paul II National Shrine as a participation in the week of Awareness for Persecuted Christians which will take place from November 26 – December 2. Archbishop Warda of the Chaldean church in Erbil was present and voiced the concerns and needs of his community.

IDC President Toufic Baaklini and IDC staff stood in solidarity with persecuted Christians in Iraq and assured Archbishop Warda that IDC will continue its work to support Christians in religious minorities in Iraq and the Middle East.

IDC Government Relations

Left: IDC President Toufic Baaklini with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Chairman Emeritus of the House Foreign Relations Committee, and retired Congressman Jerry Weller.

Right: IDC advocates met with Congressman Sean Maloney, Representative from New York’s 18th congressional district, during the 2017 IDC Summit.
IDC’s Government Relations team has been busy working with over seventy Congressional offices to gather support for House Resolution 252, which is focuses on the security and stability of Lebanon. We are excited to announce four new cosponsors: Rep. Khanna (CA-17), Rep. Trott (MI-11), Rep. Grothman (WI-6), and Rep. Moolenaar (MI-4), and we expect to include more in the coming days and weeks!

Above: November 29, IDC attended the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on the Middle East and North Africa discussing the latest developments in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

We have also been busy meeting with Senate offices on both sides of the isle–including Sen. Portman, Sen. Brooker, Sen. Gardner, Sen. Kaine, and many others–to discuss the importance of passing H.R.390, which would direct relief to victims of ISIS’s genocide in Iraq and Syria and to inform them of the fears of Christians in Lebanon during this time of escalating tensions.

IDC Chapter Activities
On November 29, IDC Orange County Chair Dotty Hage presented at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange’s “Solidarity with Persecuted Christians Around the World” forum at Christ Cathedral. He spoke about his experiences growing up in Lebanon as well as about his advocacy as an IDC chapter leader.

From left to right: Fr. Kyrillos Ibrahim of St. Paul’s Coptic Orthodox Church (Irvine), Fr. Steven Tsichlis of St. Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church (Irvine), a local Roman Catholic priest with the Diocese of Orange, His Excellency Bishop Kevin W. Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Fr. Ahur Elkhoury of St. Paul’s Assyrian Church of the East (Anaheim), IDC Orange County Chapter Chair Dotty Hage and IDC Orange County Chapter Member and Catholic priest with the Diocese of Orange Fr. John Monestero.

Upcoming Chapter Events:

Austin, TX: Feb. 8 Town Hall and Chapter Launch with Executive Director Philippe Nassif

Make sure to keep up to date with the events section of our website to find out when we’ll be in your city!

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