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The powerful witness of Iraqi young people at World Youth Day

Jul 21, 2016 - 12:02 pm .- Among the swarms of pilgrims registered for World Youth Day in Poland next week is a large group of Iraqi youth, who aim to witness to the joy of their faith despite ongoing violent persecution.

What the Holy See has to say about conflict in the Middle East

Jul 15, 2016 - 12:40 am .- If peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, it will be a joint effort, requiring the cooperation of political authorizes, religious leaders and civilians, said the Holy See’s representative at the United Nations.

As Ramadan begins, Chaldean patriarch prays for Iraqi Muslims

Jun 9, 2016 - 12:08 am .- Iraqi Muslims celebrating Ramadan will have the prayers of Chaldean Catholics, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon has said.

For Iraq's Christians, what comes after Islamic State?

May 31, 2016 - 05:01 pm .- With thousands of displaced Christians in Iraq subsisting on humanitarian aid, advocates are asking if they have a future there once the Islamic State is removed – and what that might look like.

'I am a Kurd and a Jew': an interview with Iraq's Sherzad Mamsani

May 12, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout his legs. There’s a reason he was a target: he is a Kurdish Jew.

French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.

Cardinal Dolan to Iraqi seminarians: You will convert the world

Apr 9, 2016 - 03:18 pm .- After spending his first full day in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a special message to men studying in Iraq’s only remaining seminary for diocesan priests.

Cardinal Dolan visiting Iraq to show support for displaced Christians

Apr 6, 2016 - 09:36 am .- This week Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, will travel to Iraqi Kurdistan in order to offer support to families displaced by extremist violence.

Pope Francis sends vestments, financial aid to Iraqi Christians

Mar 31, 2016 - 01:05 pm .- As a sign of affection and closeness, Pope Francis has decided to send vestments used in the liturgy and a financial donation to Christian refugees in Erbil through the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Mar 27, 2016 - 06:24 am .- Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed more than 30 people last week, many of them young boys.

Watch this video and 'wake up' from indifference to persecuted Christians

Jan 21, 2016 - 06:04 am .- A video that shares the testimonies of people who have personally suffered the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is calling on their fellow Christians in the West to “wake up” to the grave crisis facing their brethren.

Your apathy is hurting ISIS victims โ€“ a challenge to US Christians

Dec 8, 2015 - 06:16 am .- Christians in the U.S. must stop their apathy to the bloody persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, said a religious freedom advocate who proposed an “examination of conscience” for faith communities.

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 Momeka, 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.

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