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Patriarch Louis Raphaël Sako speaks at an Aid to the Church in Need press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal calls for 3-day ‘Nineveh fast’ for return to peace and stability in Iraq

Chaldean Catholics in Iraq are undertaking a three-day “Nineveh fast” this week to pray for peace and security in their... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on October 4, 2014.

Pope Francis sends condolences after 32 killed in suicide bombings in Iraq

Pope Francis said on Thursday that he was praying for the victims of two suicide bombings in Baghdad, which took place... Read more

Mass at the Chaldean Cathedral in Erbil, Iraq, on April 12, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Iraqi Catholics urged to pray at Sunday Masses that Pope Francis will be able to visit country

A cardinal has called on Iraqi Catholics to pray at Sunday Masses that Pope Francis will be able to visit... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, pictured on Feb. 11, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Catholic archbishop: papal visit could ‘change trajectory’ of Christian presence in Iraq

Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda has said that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country could be a turning point for... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on October 4, 2014.

Pope Francis offers support to beleaguered Christians of Syria and Iraq

Pope Francis urged Catholic charities Thursday to continue supporting embattled Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq.  Read more

First Communion at at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Telskuf, Iraq. Courtesy of Fr. Karam Shamasha.

Iraqi Christians ‘living with hope’ as stability slowly returns to Nineveh Plains

Iraqi Christians are trying to face challenges with strength and hope as they continue to rebuild their lives after the... Read more

Chaldean Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph in Ankawa, Iraq.

Iraqi prime minister tells Christians to come home, but is it safe?

The Iraqi prime minister has encouraged Christians to come home—but  Catholic leaders and aid agencies say without stability and economic... Read more

The Church of Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah in Qaraqosh, Iraq celebrates Christmas Mass Dec. 25, 2018 before the church's renovation.

‘Life after ISIS’: Christians are leaving Iraq due to ongoing security concerns

More Christian families left the Nineveh Plains than returned to their hometowns last year amid ongoing security concerns in the... Read more

Turkish airforce fighter jet.

US religious freedom commission condemns Turkish airstrikes

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement on Friday, calling on the Turkish military to halt... Read more

Refugee children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Iraq’s suffering will ‘rise sharply’ in wake of coronavirus, priest says

The number of people in need of help with basic necessities in Iraq, already in the millions, is expected to... Read more

Armenian church behind barbed wire, Baghdad, Iraq. Via Shutterstock.

Soleimani air strike could mean new danger for Iraqi Christians

Christian communities in the Middle East are likely to suffer renewed persecution in any instability following recent U.S. airstrikes, experts... Read more

Drone flying over mountains on sunset background. Via Shutterstock

Are targeted drone strikes allowed under 'just war theory'?

A U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian official on Friday has ignited discussion of the Catholic Church’s teaching... Read more

Father Dave Pivonka and Archbishop Bashar Warda pray together at Franciscan University, Dec. 6, 2019.

Franciscan University forms partnership with Iraqi Catholic university

A Catholic university in the U.S. has partnered with an Iraqi Catholic college to promote opportunities for scholarship, collaboration, and... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Iraqi cardinal pleads for help for Christians on Nineveh Plain

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako has appealed for financial and spiritual aid for Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq.  Read more

An Iraqi anti-government protester waves a national flag in Baghdad on Nov. 29, 2019.

Pope Francis prays for Iraqi people after 45 killed in protests

Pope Francis said Sunday that he was grieved to hear of the deadly violence against protesters in Iraq and expressed... Read more

Patriarchs, cardinals, politicians, and Christians from across the globe at the International Conference on Christian Persecution

International Conference on Christian Persecution convenes in Budapest

Patriarchs, cardinals, politicians, and Christians from across the globe are in Budapest this week for the International Conference on Christian... Read more

US bishops and Knights of Columbus voice solidarity with Iraq, Lebanon

The U.S. bishops and the Knights of Columbus have professed their solidarity with the people of Iraq and Lebanon, telling... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for stability in Iraq amid deadly protests

Pope Francis prayed Wednesday for Iraq, where 18 more people were killed and hundreds wounded Oct. 29 during political protests... Read more

Brother Nicolas Tixier, O.P., speaks at the signing of an agreement between the UAE and UNESCO, Oct. 10, 2019.

United Arab Emirates pledges to help rebuild Catholic churches in Mosul

The United Arab Emirates is partnering with UNESCO to rebuild two Catholic churches in Mosul that were destroyed in 2014... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin gives an intervention during a panel discussion hosted by Hungary at the UN General Assembly in NYC, Sept. 27, 2019.

At UN, Holy See requests increased aid for Middle Eastern Christians

As displaced Christians return to their homes in the Middle East, the Vatican Secretary of State encouraged U.N. representatives Friday... Read more