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Cross erected in Telekuf-Tesqopa, Iraq.

Iraqi Christians erect large cross in area liberated from ISIS

Feb 23, 2017

After years of darkness, hope has returned to Telekuf-Tesqopa. Located just 17 miles from Mosul, the village is rebuilding after... Read more

Amaro Pesquero and Josefa Rodríguez. Photo courtesy of Matrimonio.

This couple gave to persecuted Christians, and Pope Francis responded

Feb 13, 2017

Josefa Rodríguez and Amaro Pesquero were not expecting to receive a letter from Pope Francis.    Read more

Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Courtesy of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Christian groups divided over 'safe zones' for Syrian refugees

Feb 11, 2017

By Matt Hadro

After President Donald Trump pushed for the creation of safe zones for refugees in the Middle East, advocates and humanitarian... Read more

Soldiers survey damaged inflicted by Islamic State forces on Al Tamera Syriac Catholic church in the city of Bakhdida, Iraq, near Mosul. Photo courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

Iraqis' experiences recall 'what it means to live as a Christian'

Feb 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Iraqi priest who was forced to flee his village when the Islamic State seized the area in 2014 said... Read more

Pope Francis says Mass at the chapel of Santa Marta house in the Vatican, June 9, 2016.

For Pope Francis, martyrs are the strength of the Church

Jan 30, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Monday the strength of the Church does not reside primarily in grand gestures, but in the quiet... Read more

Persecution of Christians has risen for the fourth straight year

Jan 12, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Global persecution of Christians has risen for the fourth year in a row and is on a “rapid rise” in... Read more

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

One Congressman's plea to the US: Don't abandon Iraq's Christians

Jan 6, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide have serious humanitarian needs, but their faith remains strong, one congressman said after his... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Salesians in India hold prayer vigil for release of Fr. Tom

Jan 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Salesians in the Bangalore province of India held a prayer vigil Jan. 4 for the release of Salesian priest Fr.... Read more

Destroyed church.

What Christians are finding as they return to the Nineveh Plain

Jan 3, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As villages on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain are liberated from Islamic State forces, the Christians who lived there have returned, only... Read more

A Fulani herdsman in Cameroon.

In Nigeria, Fulani herdsmen are new Islamist terror threat to Christians

Jan 3, 2017

Islamist violence and terrorism has killed more than 12,000 Christians in Nigeria, destroying some 2,000 churches. Boko Haram has perpetrated... Read more

Christina Shabo holds a rosary and a scarf of the Iraqi flag.

'Have mercy on ISIS': The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi

Dec 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown... Read more

ISIS may be gone, but Mosul still faces a long winter ahead

Dec 14, 2016

Christians, Muslims and other victims of ISIS feel relief over the terrorist group being pushed back from the Nineveh Plain... Read more

'Unbelievable' – Persecuted Christian bishops denied UK visas

Dec 8, 2016

U.K. officials drew strong criticism for denying visas to Middle East bishops from regions that have suffered Islamic State group... Read more

Islamist extremism is a major religious freedom threat. But not the only one.

Nov 15, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Religious freedom is under threat worldwide from phenomena like Islamic “hyper-extremism,” but there are also other dangers, a new report... Read more

A Christian refugee family of eight living in a construction site in Erbil, Iraq. Courtesy of International Christian Concern.

What will ensure the survival of Middle East Christians?

Oct 31, 2016

Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil.

Iraqi archbishop remains hopeful: 'there will always be Christians' here

Oct 27, 2016

Iraqi Christians stranded in Kurdistan have some reason for hope, now that the battle for Mosul and the Nineveh Plane... Read more

The hands of a Syrian woman living as a refugee in Jordan.

For EU's religious freedom envoy, Middle East is key arena

Oct 26, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The genocide of Yazidis and Christians in the Middle East and the refugee crisis should be a priority for Europe,... Read more

Syrian children at refugee camp.

Carl Anderson: In battle for Mosul, don't forget persecuted groups

Oct 24, 2016

The battle to free Mosul from the hands of ISIS must be accompanied by concrete efforts to support the groups... Read more

Archbishop Alberto Ortega Marti?n, Nuncio to Iraq.

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

Oct 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Supreme Knight Dr. Carl A. Anderson address the 129th Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention during the States Dinner.

Carl Anderson: Christian forgiveness is the path to Middle East peace

Oct 14, 2016

Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help... Read more