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Pope Francis in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq on March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Angelus address in the Nineveh Plains

Here is the full prepared text of Pope Francis’ Angelus address, delivered March 7, 2021, in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh), Iraq.  Read more

Fr. Georges Jahola in Al-Tahira church in Bakhdida in November 2016, shortly after the town's liberation. Photo courtesy of Fr. Jahola.

Pope Francis to visit Iraqi cathedral burned by Islamic State

The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida was charred black inside after the Islamic State set it aflame after... Read more

Fr. Georges Jahola in Al-Tahira church in Bakhdida in November 2016, shortly after the town's liberation. Photo courtesy of Fr. Jahola.

Cathedral in Iraq's largest Christian town to be rebuilt in 2020

The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida remains charred black inside, five years after the Islamic State plundered and... Read more

Soldiers survey damaged inflicted by Islamic State forces on Al Tamera Syriac Catholic church in Bakhdida, Iraq, near Mosul. Photo courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika

Iraqi Christians have important mission of ‘forgiveness and reconciliation’

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged the Catholic population of northern Iraq to remain steadfast in their faith... Read more

Helda Khalid Jacob Hindi, who was able recently to return with her family to their home of Qaraqosh, Iraq.

On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, a ten-year-old girl dares to dream again

Ten-year old Helda Khalid Jacob Hindi, a fifth-grader, is not at a loss for words. She is passionate about her... Read more

Soldiers survey damaged inflicted by Islamic State forces on Al Tamera Syriac Catholic church in Bakhdida, Iraq. Photo courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika

After years of exile, Dominican sisters return to Iraq's Nineveh Plain

After three years in exile from Iraq's Nineveh Plain while it was occupied by the Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters... Read more

Mortars left by Islamic State fighters before a house in Qaraqosh, Iraq, November 2016.

Christians assess damage on Iraq's Nineveh plain, ravaged by ISIS

“I don't understand how people can harm each other so much,” sighs security guard Louis Petrus. Petrus recently returned to... Read more

Christian refugees in Mar Elia parish centre in the Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Iraqi Christians who fled Islamic State share their story

The plight of Christians in the Middle East was the focus of an educational and fundraising event in Denver on... Read more

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

Sister Diana Momeka, a Catholic nun from Iraq, intended to visit the U.S. to talk about the persecution of religious... Read more