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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

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visits a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Nov 30, 2016

Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional... Read more

Pershmerga fighters inspect Al Tamera Syriac Catholic parish in Qaraqosh, Iraq, after the city's recent liberation from Islamic State. Photo courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

Christianity returns to the towns of Iraq's Nineveh Plain

Nov 22, 2016

Two years after the sound of church bells was replaced by the sound of explosives in Bashiqa, Iraq, just north... 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

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

The Virgin Mary.

Christian girls who barely escaped ISIS credit Mary for their safety

Oct 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath... Read more

Pope Francis 1 at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

As battle for Mosul rages, Pope appeals for an end to violence in Iraq

Oct 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

With the Iraqi Army currently embroiled in an effort to liberate Mosul and the Plains of Nineveh from the Islamic... Read more

An Iraqi woman holding a rosary.

Iraqis hopeful in battle for Mosul, yet cautious of what lies ahead

Oct 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced a ground offensive to retake Mosul from the clutches of Islamic State,... 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

DC leaders discuss protection, justice for ISIS victims

Sep 23, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

With ISIS continuing to threaten vulnerable populations in Iraq and Syria, more action is needed to protect victims and offer... Read more

Amal Clooney at a 2015 press conference.

In grilling UN speech, Amal Clooney blasts failure to stop ISIS

Sep 18, 2016

By Elise Harris

Nadia Murad, a young Yazidi woman who escaped ISIS captivity after her family was slaughtered, has been named a new... Read more

A woman at Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Campe in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

After genocide, what's next for Iraq's Christians?

Sep 8, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After the United States has declared that genocide is taking place against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, what... Read more

A young Syrian refugee at school in Ramtha, Jordan on Oct. 27, 2014.

The US has resettled 10,000 Syrian refugees in the last year

Aug 31, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the Obama administration announced Monday that the U.S. had met its goal of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees in fiscal... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the grand imam Sheik Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib at the Vatican May 23, 2016.

Pope Francis disagrees with identifying Islam as violent

Jul 31, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has questioned the claim that Islam should be identified with violence, in contrast to the Islamic State militant... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel, who was killed while saying Mass by Islamic State terrorists July 26, 2016.

A 'cry of hope' after the death of Father Hamel

Jul 29, 2016

At a Mass said for the victims of Tuesday's church attack in France, the Archbishop of Paris appealed for hope... Read more

Nun who escaped with her life talks about ISIS attack in France

Jul 27, 2016

Sister Danielle, one of the religious who was held hostage by ISIS at a church in France, was able to... Read more

A regional train in Germany.

Local bishop expresses dismay over German train attack

Jul 19, 2016

In the wake of Monday night's terror attack by an Afghan Islamist on a train and pedestrians in Würzburg, the... Read more

A girl places flowers at a vigil following the June 12, 2016 mass shooting a gay night club in Orlando.

ACLU lawyers say Christians caused the Orlando shooting

Jun 13, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After a gunman pledging allegiance to ISIS carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, attorneys with the American... Read more

Internally displaced Christians at a refugee center in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

For Iraq's Christians, what comes after Islamic State?

May 31, 2016

By Matt Hadro

With thousands of displaced Christians in Iraq subsisting on humanitarian aid, advocates are asking if they have a future there... Read more

Refugee children in Erbil receive their First Communion May 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Deacon Roni Momica.

Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

May 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in... Read more