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Syrian refugees who have settled in Qaa, a village in Lebanon's Bekaa province.

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the... Read more

Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory.

A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise... Read more

 A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages... Read more

 Fr. Ghazwan Yousif Baho speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

Six miles from ISIS: A shockingly brave priest returns to Iraq

Father Ghazwan Yousif Baho had the option to stay in Italy when he recently accompanied an elderly Iraqi couple to... Read more

Children in the Church of St. Josef in Ankawa, Erbil in Iraq.

Iraq has done 'absolutely nothing' for displaced Christians

An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has... Read more

Christians displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a... Read more

These children who have taken refuge from the Islamic State at St. Josef parish in Erbil, are among the 1.2 million internally displaced Iraqis.

Apostolic nuncios to Middle East will discuss aid, response to terrorists

Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to... Read more

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'You are not alone': Social media campaign supports persecuted Christians

Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words... Read more

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

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and... Read more

Sen. Cruz's tense Middle East remarks prompt calls for Christian unity

Amid controversial remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Christian leaders at a historic ecumenical conference voiced the need for unity... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a 'war of religion'

According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious... Read more

The Interfaith Women's group in Lahore held a candlelight prayer service for victims of violence in Iraq and Gaza.

Interfaith women's group begs UN to act in Middle East

An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014.

Pope Francis to Iraqi priest: I'll never leave or forget you

After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a... Read more

Christian refugees take refuge in Erbil, Iraq on August 9, 2014.

Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Christians and other religious minorities who have fled areas in Iraq that have fallen under Islamic State control are now... Read more

The United Nations flag flies outside UN Headquarters, September 20, 2011.

UN intervention against ISIS would fit Pope's call, scholar suggests

The Pope’s support of international action against attacks by the Islamic State should be met with United Nations intervention, one... Read more

 Wael Farouq, professor of Arabic language at the American University of Cairo, Egypt at the Rimini Meeting Aug 27, 2014.

Muslim scholar decries violence: 'I am a Nazarene, too'

Referring to the label “Nazarene” marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar... Read more

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

Papal envoy: we must see humanity of each Iraqi refugee

The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his... Read more

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

Chilean lawmakers ask president to denounce Iraqi violence

The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians... Read more

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

Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to... Read more

Auxiliary Bishop Saad Syroub Hanna of Baghdad.

Baghdad bishop: Take a 'real' challenge by praying

A bishop in Baghdad is challenging the faithful across the world to join in 30 minutes of prayer before the... Read more