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Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Apr 21, 2015 - 03:58 pm .- Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where the most Christian refugees have been taken after fleeing the Islamic State.

With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

Apr 15, 2015 - 04:31 am .- “At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq.

Bomb attack, ISIS invasion can't dampen faith of Iraqi seminarian

Apr 9, 2015 - 12:23 am .- Remi Marzina Momica has seen it all: a victim of a 2010 bus attack and among those forced to leave his home when ISIS invaded last year, he says Iraq’s “shattered” Christians need help.

How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

Apr 8, 2015 - 02:08 am .- In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See's diplomatic arm is developing a strategy to shed light on Christian martyrs, helping those remaining to stay in their homeland and to foster interreligous dialogue.

Pope Francis sends rosaries, Easter cakes to Iraqi Christians

Apr 7, 2015 - 03:37 pm .- The Solemn Easter Vigil in Erbil, Iraq, concluded in a spirit of joyful celebration with the distribution of dove-shaped Easter cakes and rosaries sent by Pope Francis to thousands of Chaldean Christians displaced by ISIS.

One Christian woman's quest to care for the forgotten Yazidis in Iraq

Apr 6, 2015 - 03:28 pm .- Shelan Jibrael’s office is located in the Iraqi city of Erbil, where tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians displaced by the Islamic State have immigrated.

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Mar 29, 2015 - 06:32 am .- Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love and solidarity along with a special gift from the diocese of Rome: cake.

Pope's delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Mar 28, 2015 - 06:00 pm .- Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion and shed light on the dramatic plight of Christians in the country.  

Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Feb 12, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk about dialogue and human rights, and are ready to see concrete action on the part of political leaders.

Can Christians survive the 'dirty games' of Middle East politics?

Jan 30, 2015 - 04:19 pm .- Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and other groups put these communities at risk of extinction, a Jordanian priest fears.

Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, 'no one is angry at God'

Jan 11, 2015 - 06:01 am .- “Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives."

In Jordan, Church works to assist refugees, protect youth from extremism

Jan 8, 2015 - 02:01 am .- For years the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a haven for refugees from Iraq. However, a critical limit is in view as the country is also forced to accommodate a huge, and growing, influx of refugees fleeing ongoing war and violence in Syria.

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

Dec 3, 2014 - 02:01 am .- The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in the Middle East, a large number of whom have been threatened or displaced by the Islamic State.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Nov 20, 2014 - 04:41 pm .- 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.

Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – 'Their tears have run dry'

Oct 30, 2014 - 04:47 am .- Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose soul is being destroyed, said a priest who visited Kurdish Iraq, where many have taken refuge.  

'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'

Oct 23, 2014 - 04:21 am .- Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.  

Crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $1 million for Iraqi Christians

Oct 22, 2014 - 08:35 pm .- A Catholic lay organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and money to help persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq.  

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the key task of returning displaced families to their homes.

A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

Oct 20, 2014 - 10:41 am .- Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization.

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Oct 18, 2014 - 04:45 pm .- Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious threats.  

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