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James Foley. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

Marquette professor recalls James Foley as 'bright light'

Executed journalist James Foley was fearless in his quest to advance justice in the world, and his courage inspired many... Read more

Pope Francis praying.

Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

Pope Francis has called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week,... Read more

  Pope Francis speaks with journalists on the papal plane on the return flight to Rome August 18, 2014.

Full transcript of Pope's in-flight interview from Korea

Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 flight to Italy from South Korea, Pope Francis said he supports international intervention... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

Pope Francis backs intervention in Iraq to stop 'aggressor'

Pope Francis supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end... Read more

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

Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis takes to Twitter in appeal for Iraqi citizens

Since Friday Pope Francis has been tweeting three times a day asking faithful and parishes to both pray for those... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peters Square Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, Gaza during Sunday angelus

After leading faithful in the Marian prayer, Pope Francis again urged prayers and international help for the current conflict in... Read more

Refugees from Iraq fled their homes and now take shelter at a refugee camp.

Priest from Nineveh: 'Christianity is finished in Iraq'

A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians... Read more

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, May 1, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

Obama authorizes Iraq airstrikes to prevent religious genocide

Late Thursday night the Obama administration announced that it has launched a military and humanitarian operation to protect both U.S.... Read more

Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako.

Iraqi Christians facing risk of genocide, patriarch warns

The seizure of Iraq’s largest Christian town has prompted a mass exodus of refugees, which a leading Catholic bishop described... Read more

Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See Habeeb H.M. Al-Sadr speaks with CNA July 24, 2014.

Christians a fundamental part of Iraq, ambassador observes

The Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See has lamented the ongoing persecution of Christians by ISIS forces in Iraq, stating... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Petition calls on UN to stop Christian genocide in Iraq

Following the expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS jihadists, a new petition calls on the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peters Square during his Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope Francis calls Syro-Catholic patriarch, assures of his prayers

According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the... Read more

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

Pope laments exodus of last Christians from Mosul

In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of... Read more

Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako.

Chaldean patriarch: current state of Iraq is 'chaos'

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Iraq has written a letter urging government officials to “waste no more time” in... Read more

Iraqi Christians light candles affter attencing Christmas Mass in Baghdad on Dec. 25, 2008.

Catholic aid organizations scramble to meet Iraqi needs

In a tumultuous Iraq facing an increasingly uncertain future, Catholic charity organizations are rallying to meet the immediate needs of... Read more

Iraqi Christians light candles after attending Christmas Mass in Baghdad on Dec. 25, 2008.

Chaldean priest says little hope for Christians in Iraq

It has been more than four decades since Father Michael Bazzi left his home country of Iraq. But the plight... Read more

Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako.

Iraqi patriarch urges prayer, fasting that Christians remain

Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, has issued an urgent appeal to mark the beginning... Read more