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Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on May 28, 2014.

Amid fresh unrest, all Iraqis must work for unity, Pope says

As the Chaldean Catholic Church begins their annual synod, Pope Francis kicked the meeting off by telling leaders of the... Read more

Cardinal Parolin: Iraqi Christians are called to be 'artisans' of reconciliation

During a conference on rebuilding Christian villages on the Plains of Nineveh, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley of Lebanon.

How the US needs to stick up for the Middle East's Christians

Christians in the Middle East are heroic witnesses to the faith, and the U.S. must help ensure they can stay... Read more

A priest examines a church destroyed by Islamic State militants in Karemlesh. Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.

Why the Knights of Columbus will resettle Iraqi Christians

The urgency of the problems facing displaced Iraqi Christians has driven a new campaign by the Knights of Columbus to... Read more

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, meets with Pope Francis, Feb. 16, 2017.

Knights of Columbus to raise $2 million to rebuild Iraqi town

The Knights of Columbus on Tuesday announced it will raise and donate $2 million to re-settle Iraqi Christian families displaced... Read more

What the Holy See told the UN about Middle East Christians

The Middle East needs peace, human rights, and the continued presence of Christians, a Holy See diplomat told the U.N.... Read more

Two siblings walk in an area near Mosul's front line, June 14, 2017. Photo: EU/ECHO/Peter Biro via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

Mosul needs help to rebuild, Iraqi official cautions

Just days after Iraqi forces completed their recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State, the nation's ambassador to the Holy... Read more

Don’t send Chaldeans back to persecution in Iraq, advocates plead

After a federal judge again halted the deportation of over 1,000 Chaldeans from the U.S., advocates for the detainees insisted... Read more

As Iraqi Christians await deportation, bishop points to suffering Body of Christ

Advocates for Chaldean Christians detained by federal immigration enforcement are in a race against time to halt their deportation back... Read more

The remains of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

'Roughly half' of Iraqi, Syrian Christians have fled since 2011

A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria... Read more

Immigration arrests stun Detroit's Chaldean Catholics

Dozens of Chaldean Christians were arrested by federal immigration officials over the weekend in the Detroit metropolitan area, leaving the... Read more

Muslims and Christians unite to rebuild Mosul monastery

As government forces pry apart the Islamic State's three yearlong grip on Mosul, Muslims and Christians have united to rebuild... Read more

How ISIS genocide victims still face discrimination in Kurdistan

After the Islamic State ravaged large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014, religious minorities targeted for genocide fled into... Read more

Eucharist.

Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest

Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis prays for Iraq as civilian death toll rises

With the battle for major ISIS strongholds heating up in Iraq, Pope Francis has voiced his closeness to the country,... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea. Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope prays for victims of terrorist attacks in Iraq and Pakistan

After leading the Angelus Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for all those affected by violence and war around the world, particularly... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

One Congressman's plea to the US: Don't abandon Iraq's Christians

Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide have serious humanitarian needs, but their faith remains strong, one congressman said after his... Read more

Destroyed church.

What Christians are finding as they return to the Nineveh Plain

As villages on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain are liberated from Islamic State forces, the Christians who lived there have returned, only... Read more

Pershmerga fighters inspect Al Tamera Syriac Catholic parish in Qaraqosh, Iraq, after the city's recent liberation from Islamic State. Photo courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

Christianity returns to the towns of Iraq's Nineveh Plain

Two years after the sound of church bells was replaced by the sound of explosives in Bashiqa, Iraq, just north... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square April 13, 2016.

There is no justification for killing innocent people, Pope says

In a meeting with the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East Thursday, Pope Francis criticized ongoing violence in... Read more