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Those who've stayed โ€“ what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Nov 5, 2015 - 06:02 am .- War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean bishops like Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq are asking what they can do to help Christian refugees survive and preserve their faith in times of trouble.

Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Oct 29, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships.

To welcome refugees is a witness of the resurrection, Pope says

Aug 6, 2015 - 06:47 am .- On the first anniversary of the arrival of Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Pope Francis sent a letter thanking the country for welcoming thousands forced to flee their homes, and urged the international community not to remain indifferent.

If you won't help our people stay, help them leave - Catholic bishops from the Middle East

Aug 5, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle East, they also believe those trying to leave are being unjustly discriminated against when applying for United States visas.

A year after ISIS invasion, religious minorities in Mosul could disappear

Jun 9, 2015 - 03:23 pm .- One year after ISIS invaded Mosul, the Iraqi city’s diverse religious heritage is on the verge of extinction, warned a U.S. government commission on Tuesday.

Iraqi nun's visa denial raises questions for US State Department

May 8, 2015 - 03:03 am .- Sister Diana Momenka, a Catholic nun from Iraq, intended to visit the U.S. to talk about the persecution of religious minorities in her country – until the local U.S. consulate denied her visa application.

Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

May 5, 2015 - 04:35 pm .- Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, some 60,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are taking refuge, tucked away in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Ankawa.

Fighting ISIS with a school โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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.

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