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March 26, 2021: The restored image of the Virgin Mary destroyed by ISIS returned to its original parish in Iraq.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee urges Biden to protect Iraqi Christians

Sep 1, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

After the last U.S. forces left Afghanistan this week, an interfaith coalition implored President Joe Biden to keep American troops... Read more

French President Emmanuel Macron tours Our Lady of the Hour Church in Mosul, Iraq, Aug. 29, 2021.

French president visits Catholic church in Iraq damaged by ISIS

Aug 31, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Emmanuel Macron toured Our Lady of the Hour Church in Mosul. Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Fr. Jacques Hamel: Catholic priest honored 5 years after he was killed at Mass in terrorist attack

Jul 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

Islamic State supporters killed the French priest on July 26, 2016. Read more

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020

‘At every time, you could be a target’: Despite danger, Nigerian priest ministers to refugees of terrorism

Jul 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

A Nigerian priest who ministers to trauma victims in the country’s northeast says he is aware of the danger priests... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Probe into Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder shows attackers’ links to ISIS

Jul 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The priest was killed at Mass on July 26, 2016. Read more

Pope Francis returns a historic prayer manuscript to Immaculate Conception Church in Bakhdida, Iraq, March 7, 2021.  Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis returns historic prayer book saved from Islamic State to the Nineveh Plains

Mar 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

During his trip to Iraq, Pope Francis returned a historic Aramaic prayer manuscript which was restored after the Islamic State... Read more

The restored Marian statue damaged by Islamic State during its occupation of Karamles, Iraq. Photo credits: Rocchi/SIR.

Pope Francis will bless this Virgin Mary statue desecrated by Islamic State

Mar 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Iraqi Catholics have asked Pope Francis to bless a statue of the Virgin Mary that was desecrated by the Islamic... Read more

Pope Francis is presented with an Aramaic prayer manuscript at the Vatican Feb. 10, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media/Ufficio Stampa FOCSIV.

Pope Francis presented with historic prayer manuscript saved from Islamic State

Feb 10, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis was presented on Wednesday with a historic Aramaic prayer manuscript rescued from the Islamic State’s destructive occupation of... Read more

Then-Fr. Najeeb Michaeel at a "Global Dialogue" event in Buenos Aires, Oct. 3,  2016.

Iraqi archbishop who preserves historic manuscripts nominated for Sakharov Prize

Sep 25, 2020

The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has been nominated for the Sakharov Prize for his work to preserve hundreds of historic... Read more

The Cathedral of St. Paul in Pemba, Mozambique.

Religious sisters missing after jihadist attack found safe and well

Sep 7, 2020

Two religious sisters missing after jihadists attacked a port town in Mozambique have been found safe and well, a Catholic... Read more

The flag of Mozambique.

Two religious sisters in Mozambique still missing after Islamist attack

Sep 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Two religious sisters in Mozambique are still unaccounted for three weeks after militants linked to the Islamic State seized control... Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 23, 2019.

Pope Francis calls Mozambique bishop after Islamist militants seize port city

Aug 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis made an unexpected phone call this week to a bishop in northern Mozambique, where militants linked to 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

Jul 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 12, 2020

By Perry West

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

Displaced persons in Maiduguri, who are being cared for by the local Church, in September 2014.

Cardinal Sarah: Nigerians killed by terrorists are ‘martyrs’

Jan 2, 2020

African Church leaders have responded to the reported Dec. 26 execution of 11 Nigerian Christians by a terrorist group affiliated... Read more

Displaced persons in Maiduguri, who are being cared for by the local Church, in September 2014.

Islamists in Nigeria kill Christian hostages

Dec 27, 2019

The Islamic State group in Nigeria released a video Thursday claiming to show the killing of 11 Christian men.  Read more

Smoke rises over the Syrian town of Tel Abyad on the Turkish border Oct. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis prays for ‘beloved and tormented’ Syria

Oct 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

As Turkish-led forces began the fifth day of their move against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria Sunday, Pope Francis appealed... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin gives an intervention during a panel discussion hosted by Hungary at the UN General Assembly in NYC, Sept. 27, 2019.

At UN, Holy See requests increased aid for Middle Eastern Christians

Sep 28, 2019

As displaced Christians return to their homes in the Middle East, the Vatican Secretary of State encouraged U.N. representatives Friday... Read more

Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, March 28, 2015.

Iraqi archbishop reflects on Christian community five years after ISIS takeover

Aug 6, 2019

Five years on from the conquering of Christian communities in Iraq by the so-called Islamic State, Christians in the country... Read more

Sri Lankan Catholics held a funeral Mass April 23, 2019 for the victims of the attack on St. Sabestian Church in Negambo.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Sri Lanka Easter bombings

Apr 23, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Islamic State claimed responsibility Tuesday for the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 321 people and... Read more