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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinal Sarah: Nigerians killed by terrorists are ‘martyrs’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iraqi Christians have important mission of ‘forgiveness and reconciliation’

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin urged the Catholic population of northern Iraq to remain steadfast in their faith... Read more

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

Trump signs law to aid Christians in Iraq, Syria

President Donald Trump signed into law Tuesday the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act, which seeks to ensure... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on a papal flight August 14, 2014.

Pope Francis mourns victims of attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

“I pray for the victims, pilgrims killed just because they are Christians, and I ask Holy Mary to console their... Read more

A family at the Sharia Al Haman Hope refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

US aid to Iraqi Christians, Yazidis on fast track via Catholic Relief Services

The United States Agency for International Development has announced it is investing $10 million into coalitions led by Catholic Relief... Read more

Martin Mosebach in Rome.

'Do you stand by what you believe?'- Mosebach on ISIS killings

Martin Mosebach is the author of “The 21: A Journey into the Land of the Coptic Martyrs.”  Read more