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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’

Dec 28, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Dec 11, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Nov 4, 2018

By Courtney Mares

“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

Jun 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Mar 3, 2018

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

Children at Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Dominican sisters help educate Iraqi children returning home

Jan 10, 2018

When Iraqi residents fled their homes during the Islamic State invasion, they left behind their houses, neighbors, and day-to-day lives.  Read more

US Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence meets with Iraqi archbishop ahead of Middle East trip

Dec 4, 2017

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil on Monday for a “substantial discussion”... Read more

A survey of damage as seen in November 2016 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, which was occupied by the Islamic State Oct. 2014-Oct. 2016.

A modern horror: global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says

Oct 17, 2017

Anti-Christian persecution is “worse than at any time in history” and in many cases genocide and other crimes against humanity... Read more

Syrian refugee.

UN resolution to investigate ISIS crimes praised as step toward recognizing genocide

Sep 24, 2017

As the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Thursday to help investigate ISIS crimes in Iraq, one human rights... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley of Lebanon.

How the US needs to stick up for the Middle East's Christians

Sep 13, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Christians in the Middle East are heroic witnesses to the faith, and the U.S. must help ensure they can stay... Read more

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

Aug 23, 2017

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

The White House.

US State Department recognizes ISIS genocide in religious freedom report

Aug 15, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Religious freedom advocates were heartened by the State Department recognizing in its annual religious freedom report released Tuesday the genocide... Read more

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

After years of exile, Dominican sisters return to Iraq's Nineveh Plain

Aug 9, 2017

After three years in exile from Iraq's Nineveh Plain while it was occupied by the Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters... Read more

A priest examines a church destroyed by Islamic State militants in Karemlesh. Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.

Why the Knights of Columbus will resettle Iraqi Christians

Aug 4, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The urgency of the problems facing displaced Iraqi Christians has driven a new campaign by the Knights of Columbus to... Read more

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, meets with Pope Francis, Feb. 16, 2017.

Knights of Columbus to raise $2 million to rebuild Iraqi town

Aug 2, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The Knights of Columbus on Tuesday announced it will raise and donate $2 million to re-settle Iraqi Christian families displaced... Read more

What the Holy See told the UN about Middle East Christians

Jul 28, 2017

The Middle East needs peace, human rights, and the continued presence of Christians, a Holy See diplomat told the U.N.... Read more

The remains of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

'Roughly half' of Iraqi, Syrian Christians have fled since 2011

Jun 15, 2017

A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria... 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

Jun 7, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

The Sufi Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Pakistan, where an Islamic State terrorist killed more than 80 devotees in a Feb. 16, 2017 attack.

Pakistan mourns victims of terrorist attacks

Feb 17, 2017

Pakistanis are mourning those killed and wounded in a series of terrorist attacks which have taken place this week in... Read more