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The Catholic University of Erbil in Ankawa, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Catholic charity sees ‘signs of hope’ for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians

May 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘Pope Francis’ visit, I think, really has given them hope,’ said Aid to the Church in Need’s Regina Lynch. Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Father Jacques Hamel murder: Catholic archbishop says ‘justice is done’ as 4 are convicted

Mar 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Three of the defendants reportedly asked for forgiveness during the trial. Read more

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

Trial begins in France over murder of Fr Jacques Hamel

Feb 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A trial began in Paris on Monday for four people charged with conspiring in the murder of Father Jacques Hamel,... Read more

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