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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.  

Six miles from ISIS: A shockingly brave priest returns to Iraq

Oct 9, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Father Ghazwan Yousif Baho had the option to stay in Italy when he recently accompanied an elderly Iraqi couple to an audience with Pope Francis.

Iraq has done 'absolutely nothing' for displaced Christians

Oct 8, 2014 - 04:47 am .- An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has expressed dismay at the national government in Baghdad for failing to offer assistance.  

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

Oct 7, 2014 - 10:32 am .- In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See spokesman announced Tuesday.

Apostolic nuncios to Middle East will discuss aid, response to terrorists

Oct 1, 2014 - 10:52 am .- Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to discuss responses to the Islamic State, and in particular how to provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons.

'You are not alone': Social media campaign supports persecuted Christians

Sep 23, 2014 - 03:26 pm .- Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq.

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

Sep 12, 2014 - 04:01 am .- An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and will continue inspiring future believers for generations.  

Sen. Cruz's tense Middle East remarks prompt calls for Christian unity

Sep 11, 2014 - 03:03 am .- Amid controversial remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Christian leaders at a historic ecumenical conference voiced the need for unity in the face of the mass persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a 'war of religion'

Sep 4, 2014 - 04:08 pm .- According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious war, and believes that international action taken so far is inadequate.  

Interfaith women's group begs UN to act in Middle East

Sep 1, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering in Iraq and Gaza.  

Pope Francis to Iraqi priest: I'll never leave or forget you

Sep 1, 2014 - 09:00 am .- After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a phone call from the pontiff who gave his blessing and assured of his prayers.

Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Aug 29, 2014 - 09:33 am .- Christians and other religious minorities who have fled areas in Iraq that have fallen under Islamic State control are now helping one another to survive as refugees, an aid worker said.  

UN intervention against ISIS would fit Pope's call, scholar suggests

Aug 28, 2014 - 05:48 pm .- The Pope’s support of international action against attacks by the Islamic State should be met with United Nations intervention, one Catholic professor said.     

Muslim scholar decries violence: 'I am a Nazarene, too'

Aug 28, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Referring to the label “Nazarene” marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity – maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well.

Papal envoy: we must see humanity of each Iraqi refugee

Aug 27, 2014 - 04:10 am .- The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his or her own story and needs, the Pope’s envoy to the country encouraged.  

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