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Pope Francis 1 at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

As battle for Mosul rages, Pope appeals for an end to violence in Iraq

With the Iraqi Army currently embroiled in an effort to liberate Mosul and the Plains of Nineveh from the Islamic... Read more

Archbishop Alberto Ortega Marti?n, Nuncio to Iraq.

Pope's Iraq envoy says peace stifled by lack of 'political will'

Archbishop Alberto Ortega, the Pope's Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq and Jordan, has said that in the midst of a drawn-out... Read more

Roni Salim Momika is ordained a priest in Erbil's Aishty camp for the displaced Aug. 5, 2016. Courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

New Iraqi priests bring joy amid years of sadness, displacement

Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned... Read more

World Youth Day in Brazil, July 28, 2013.

The powerful witness of Iraqi young people at World Youth Day

Among the swarms of pilgrims registered for World Youth Day in Poland next week is a large group of Iraqi... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica at the Vigil of Divine Mercy, April 2, 2016.

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

If peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, it will be a joint effort, requiring the cooperation of... Read more

A Muslim chaplain prays during the month of Ramadan.

As Ramadan begins, Chaldean patriarch prays for Iraqi Muslims

Iraqi Muslims celebrating Ramadan will have the prayers of Chaldean Catholics, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon has said.  Read more

Internally displaced Christians at a refugee center in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

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

With thousands of displaced Christians in Iraq subsisting on humanitarian aid, advocates are asking if they have a future there... Read more

A Hanukkah menorah.

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

Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout... Read more

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

French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in... Read more

Cardinal Dolan to Iraqi seminarians: You will convert the world

After spending his first full day in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a special message to men studying in... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the Ordination of Deacons at St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 1, 2015.

Cardinal Dolan visiting Iraq to show support for displaced Christians

This week Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, will travel to... Read more

Pope Francis embraces a pilgrim during the General Audience at the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, Jan. 13, 2016.

Pope Francis sends vestments, financial aid to Iraqi Christians

As a sign of affection and closeness, Pope Francis has decided to send vestments used in the liturgy and a... Read more

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

Pope prays for victims of terror strike at Iraq football stadium

Pope Francis has sent a his condolences following the suicide attack against a football stadium in Iskanderiyah, Iraq which killed... Read more

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

A video that shares the testimonies of people who have personally suffered the persecution of Christians in the Middle East... Read more

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

Your apathy is hurting ISIS victims – a challenge to US Christians

Christians in the U.S. must stop their apathy to the bloody persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, said... Read more

Syrian refugees.

Those who've stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean... Read more

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Islamic State.

Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with... Read more

A young child at the Sharia Refugee Camp in Dohuk Iraq.

To welcome refugees is a witness of the resurrection, Pope says

On the first anniversary of the arrival of Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Pope Francis sent a letter thanking the country... Read more

Jean-Clement Jeanbart, Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, speaks at the KoC Conference in Philadelphia, while Bashar Warda, Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, looks on, Aug. 4, 2015.

If you won't help our people stay, help them leave - Catholic bishops from the Middle East

Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS.

A year after ISIS invasion, religious minorities in Mosul could disappear

One year after ISIS invaded Mosul, the Iraqi city’s diverse religious heritage is on the verge of extinction, warned a... Read more