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

Iraqis' experiences recall 'what it means to live as a Christian'

Feb 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Iraqi priest who was forced to flee his village when the Islamic State seized the area in 2014 said... Read more

Mortars left by Islamic State fighters before a house in Qaraqosh, Iraq, November 2016.

Christians assess damage on Iraq's Nineveh plain, ravaged by ISIS

Jan 24, 2017

“I don't understand how people can harm each other so much,” sighs security guard Louis Petrus. Petrus recently returned to... Read more

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visits a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Nov 30, 2016

Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional... Read more

Father Jacques Mourad, who escaped from Islamic State.

In Syrian monastery, priest who escaped ISIS sees signs of hope

Nov 27, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The fourth-century saint Mar Elian’s relics survived the Islamic State’s destruction of the Syrian monastery that bears his name, and... Read more

Pershmerga fighters inspect Al Tamera Syriac Catholic parish in Qaraqosh, Iraq, after the city's recent liberation from Islamic State. Photo courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

Christianity returns to the towns of Iraq's Nineveh Plain

Nov 22, 2016

Two years after the sound of church bells was replaced by the sound of explosives in Bashiqa, Iraq, just north... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil.

Iraqi archbishop remains hopeful: 'there will always be Christians' here

Oct 27, 2016

Iraqi Christians stranded in Kurdistan have some reason for hope, now that the battle for Mosul and the Nineveh Plane... Read more

The hands of a Syrian woman living as a refugee in Jordan.

For EU's religious freedom envoy, Middle East is key arena

Oct 26, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The genocide of Yazidis and Christians in the Middle East and the refugee crisis should be a priority for Europe,... Read more

The Virgin Mary.

Christian girls who barely escaped ISIS credit Mary for their safety

Oct 23, 2016

By Elise Harris

Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath... Read more

Fr. Jacques Mourad, who was held captive by the Islamic State for nearly five months in 2015.

Syrian priest who escaped ISIS: 'our world needs a revolution against violence'

Oct 17, 2016

Father Jacques Mourad was prior of the Mar Elian monastery, a pilgrimage centre near Al Quaryatayn, about 65 miles southeast... Read more

An Iraqi woman holding a rosary.

Iraqis hopeful in battle for Mosul, yet cautious of what lies ahead

Oct 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

Hours after Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced a ground offensive to retake Mosul from the clutches of Islamic State,... Read more

A woman at Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Campe in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

After genocide, what's next for Iraq's Christians?

Sep 8, 2016

By Matt Hadro

After the United States has declared that genocide is taking place against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq, what... Read more

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

A 'cry of hope' after the death of Father Hamel

Jul 29, 2016

At a Mass said for the victims of Tuesday's church attack in France, the Archbishop of Paris appealed for hope... Read more

A regional train in Germany.

Local bishop expresses dismay over German train attack

Jul 19, 2016

In the wake of Monday night's terror attack by an Afghan Islamist on a train and pedestrians in Würzburg, the... Read more

Iraqi and U.S. army members look over a bridge damaged by a vehicle-borne IED in Mosul, Iraq, March 22, 2008.

Cautious optimism as US troops help to retake Mosul from ISIS

Jul 12, 2016

By Matt Hadro

As the United States sends more troops to Iraq to help retake Mosul from the Islamic State, Catholics can view... Read more

A priest stands before the ruins of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

How Christians in Syria keep the faith amid a civil war

May 5, 2016

By Matt Hadro

In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing... Read more

Internally displaced Christians at a refugee center in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

UK should act against IS genocide after parliament vote, bishop urges

Apr 22, 2016

As the British government considers measures to name the Islamic State’s persecution of Christians and other religious minorities as genocide,... Read more

Massive new report documents IS genocide of Christians in Iraq, Syria

Mar 10, 2016

By Matt Hadro

One week before the State Department must announce if Islamic State atrocities against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are... Read more

Watch this video and 'wake up' from indifference to persecuted Christians

Jan 21, 2016

A video that shares the testimonies of people who have personally suffered the persecution of Christians in the Middle East... Read more

Internally displaced children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Dohuk, Iraq, March 2015.

Grim numbers from Iraq: thousands of civilians suffer death, displacement, slavery

Jan 19, 2016

A new United Nations report has tried to count the civilian toll of continuing conflict in Iraq, largely at the... Read more

Father Jacques Mourad, who recently escaped from the Islamic State.

This priest was abducted by ISIS, but he isn't giving up on a mission of mercy

Dec 12, 2015

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

A Syrian priest who spent more than four months as a captive of the Islamic State is headed back to... Read more