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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

Refugee children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq 2 on March 28, 2015.

Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital... Read more

Refugee children at a refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where... Read more

Sister Suhama in Alqosh, Iraq in April 2015.

With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

“At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq.  Read more

Seminarian Roni Marzina Momica with a group of children outside an Aid to the Church in Need office. Photo Courtesy of Roni Marzina Momica.

Bomb attack, ISIS invasion can't dampen faith of Iraqi seminarian

Roni Marzina Momica has seen it all: a victim of a 2010 bus attack and among those forced to leave... Read more

Msgr. Segundo Tejado Munoz, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, with refugee children in Iraq, March 28, 2015.

How the Holy See is using diplomacy to aid Christians in the Middle East

In the face of increased persecution of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See's diplomatic arm is developing a... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience on March 18, 2015.

Pope Francis sends rosaries, Easter cakes to Iraqi Christians

The Solemn Easter Vigil in Erbil, Iraq, concluded in a spirit of joyful celebration with the distribution of dove-shaped Easter... Read more

Shelan Jibrael (far right) stands with a group of refugees in Erbil, Iraq.

One Christian woman's quest to care for the forgotten Yazidis in Iraq

Shelan Jibrael’s office is located in the Iraqi city of Erbil, where tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians displaced by... Read more

Piece of Colomba cake.

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love... Read more

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

Pope's delegation offers comfort, communion to Iraqi refugees

Hoping to awaken the world conscience on Iraq, a Pontifical delegation traveled to Erbil and Dohuk to foster local communion... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk... Read more

An Iraqi Christian refugee at a church shelter in Jordan, Oct. 28, 2014.

Can Christians survive the 'dirty games' of Middle East politics?

Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and... Read more

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

Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, 'no one is angry at God'

“Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to... Read more

Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria in Jordan.

In Jordan, Church works to assist refugees, protect youth from extremism

For years the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a haven for refugees from Iraq. However, a critical limit is... Read more

Maan George Hanna, an Iraqi Christian refugee at a church shelter in Jordan.

Iraqi Christians say there's no going home after rise of Islamic State

Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many... Read more

The delegation of Australian bishops visiting refugees in Iraq, Lebanon later this month.

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in... Read more

Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence,... Read more

A refugee mother with her child, who is having stomach problems and other issues because of the heat.

Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – 'Their tears have run dry'

Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose... Read more

A family at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014.

'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'

Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said... Read more

A young boy refugee in Erbil, Iraq.

Crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $1 million for Iraqi Christians

A Catholic lay organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and money to help persecuted Christians and other... Read more