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Hartford archdiocese, Knights of Columbus partner to aid Islamic State victims

Apr 18, 2018

In a partnership with the Knights of Columbus, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford are fundraising money to aid the... Read more

Chinese president Xi Jinping at a press conference after a meeting with the German chancellor in Berlin, July 5, 2017.

With lifelong rule by Xi Jinping, how will Christians fare in China?

Mar 6, 2018

By Courtney Mares

This month’s meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, convened March 5, will likely confirm a constitutional change eliminating term limits... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks at Georgetown University on Feb. 15.

Archbishop of Erbil: Christians in Iraq are ‘scourged, wounded, but still there’

Feb 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Chaldean Archbishop spoke of the state of Christianity in Iraq today and what both Muslim and Western leaders can... Read more

Colosseum to be lit red for persecuted Christians

Feb 7, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Roman Colosseum will be illuminated by red lights later this month to draw attention to the persecution of Christians... Read more

Rejoice James, who survived a March 2017 attack on her village by Fulani herdsmen. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

In Nigeria, brutal attacks and a story of survival

Jan 27, 2018

It is common in Nigeria that nomadic herdsmen clash with farmers over the use of land. However, in the past... Read more

Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence in Israel: US is committed to persecuted Christians, peace process

Jan 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed America’s commitment to both peace and persecuted Christians during his four-day trip to Israel... Read more

Helda Khalid Jacob Hindi, who was able recently to return with her family to their home of Qaraqosh, Iraq.

On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, a ten-year-old girl dares to dream again

Jan 18, 2018

Ten-year old Helda Khalid Jacob Hindi, a fifth-grader, is not at a loss for words. She is passionate about her... Read more

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

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

Jan 10, 2018

When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives.  Read more

December 29, 2017 protests in Kermanshah, Iran. Public Domain via Wikimedia.

Could Iranian protests bring religious freedom for Christians?

Jan 2, 2018

Ongoing protests in Iran could be a sign of hope for repressed religious minorities, if protesters demand that conscience rights... Read more

Documents from a CUA research trip to to Urmia, Van, and Mosul. Courtesy of The Catholic University of America.

Saving ancient Christian cultures…one story at a time

Dec 29, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Ancient artifacts. Centuries-old legends. Prayers dating back to the time of Christ. An enemy seeking to destroy it all. And... Read more

Preserving Pluralism and Diversity in the Nineveh Region conference.

Archbishop to UN: Christians are critical to Iraq’s future

Dec 4, 2017

A UN panel met last week to discuss the aftermath of the Islamic State’s occupation in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain, saying... Read more

US Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence meets with Iraqi archbishop ahead of Middle East trip

Dec 4, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil on Monday for a “substantial discussion”... Read more

Cross of the Martyrs.

Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians to be observed this Sunday

Nov 22, 2017

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced Sunday, Nov. 26 as a Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians.    Read more

Hope after the Horror: Reflections on a massacre of Baghdadi Christians

Nov 3, 2017

This Halloween marks the seventh anniversary of when my parents' church in Baghdad was held hostage by the Islamic State... Read more

Representation of the Salem witch trials, lithograph from 1892.

Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

Oct 29, 2017

By Mary Farrow

The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr.  Read more

Greek Orthodox patriarch: Christians are not strangers in Middle East

Oct 27, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Middle Eastern patriarchs reaffirmed the deep history of Christianity in the Middle East and called for its perseverance into the... Read more

Syriac Patriarch of Antioch Ignatius Joseph III Younan attends a prayer event Santa Maria ai Monti parish in Rome, April 17, 2015.

Christians in Middle East feel 'abandoned, betrayed' by the West

Oct 12, 2017

By Elise Harris

As interreligious tensions and a migration crisis continue in the Middle East, key Church leaders in the region have said... Read more

Fr. Roni Momika leads a group of women in a pilgrimage to Mar Behnam Monastery, October 2017. Photo courtesy of Fr. Momika.

Iraqi women visit historic monastery after its recapture from Islamic State

Oct 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

Last week 300 women visited a historic monastery near Mosul after its liberation from the Islamic State – a decision... Read more

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

Sep 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Courtesy of Center for Ethics and Culture University of Notre Dame.

Global research project looks at Christian response to persecution

Sep 3, 2017

Which Christians face the most persecution around the globe, and how do they respond to it?  Read more