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Pope Francis prays before the Salus Populi Romani icon in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major Dec. 8, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis entrusts Iraq trip to Virgin Mary’s protection

On the eve of his departure for a three-day trip to Iraq, Pope Francis visited a Rome basilica to ask... Read more

Children of families that sought refuge in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, April 11, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Christians and Muslims alike welcome Pope Francis' trip to Iraq

Iraqi Christians and Muslims alike have expressed excitment for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, an aid worker based in... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil at the Chaldean cathedral in Erbil, Iraq, April 12, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Archbishop Warda: With papal visit, world will see ‘joyful people’ of Iraq

The Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil said he hopes with Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, the world will see a... Read more

The official logo of Pope Francis' visit to Iraq. Credit: Saint-Adday.

Where is Pope Francis going in Iraq and why? A CNA Explainer

In a week’s time Pope Francis is expected to make history by becoming the first pope to travel to Iraq.... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, pictured on Feb. 11, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Catholic archbishop: papal visit could ‘change trajectory’ of Christian presence in Iraq

Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda has said that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country could be a turning point for... Read more

First Communion at at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Telskuf, Iraq. Courtesy of Fr. Karam Shamasha.

Iraqi Christians ‘living with hope’ as stability slowly returns to Nineveh Plains

Iraqi Christians are trying to face challenges with strength and hope as they continue to rebuild their lives after the... Read more

The Church of Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah in Qaraqosh, Iraq celebrates Christmas Mass Dec. 25, 2018 before the church's renovation.

‘Life after ISIS’: Christians are leaving Iraq due to ongoing security concerns

More Christian families left the Nineveh Plains than returned to their hometowns last year amid ongoing security concerns in the... Read more

Refugee children at a refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

Nonprofit seeks to provide computers to Iraqi Christian schools

While Christian schools in Iraq continue to suffer, a non-profit that promotes positive engagement in the Middle East is aiming... Read more

Mark Green, Administrator of USAID, in Rome, Oct. 17, 2018.

USAID head meets with Vatican officials to talk aid for Iraq

The head of the United States government’s international aid agency met with Vatican officials and an Iraqi cardinal Wednesday, in... Read more

Preserving Pluralism and Diversity in the Nineveh Region conference.

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

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

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Christianity can survive in Iraq but not without your help

“Iraq needs aid now, or it will be without Christians,” said Fr. Luis Montes, a missionary priest has been serving... Read more

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

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

Iraqi Christians still need America's help, former congressman says

A recent trip to Iraq drove home the perilous state of Christians and Yazidis there, a former US Congressman from... Read more

A Syriac manuscript from the Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai.

This priest preserves Iraqi culture found in historic manuscripts

As Iraq and surrounding areas face the destruction of many of the region’s archaeological treasures, one priest and his fellow... Read more

A center for internally displaced persons, most of whom are Christians, in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Why this bill could be crucial for Iraq's beleaguered Christians

After a myriad of reports of United States humanitarian aid not reaching Christian genocide survivors in Iraq, their advocates in... Read more

In Iraq, necessity makes priests become engineers

Priests in Iraq are helping reconstruct around 13,000 homes in the Plain of Nineveh which have been damaged or destroyed... 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

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

Archbishop Alberto Ortega Marti?n, Nuncio to Iraq.

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

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

Why Iraq wasn't what I thought

Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York visits a displacement center in Dawodiya, Iraq on April 10, 2016.

'Astounding' – Cardinal Dolan talks about his trip to Iraq

As he leaves Iraqi Kurdistan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said what struck him most during the visit were the people’s faith... Read more