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Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory.

A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

Oct 20, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise... Read more

Christians displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

Oct 7, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a... Read more

These children who have taken refuge from the Islamic State at St. Josef parish in Erbil, are among the 1.2 million internally displaced Iraqis.

Apostolic nuncios to Middle East will discuss aid, response to terrorists

Oct 1, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to... Read more

A family of Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State who have taken shelter at a Syriac Catholic shrine in Erbil.

Filipino bishops declare day of prayer for peace in Iraq, Syria

Sep 11, 2014

The bishops of the Philippines have appealed their faithful to join in a national day of prayer in solidarity with... Read more

Displaced Iraqis who have sought refuge from the Islamic State in the Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Holy See calls for action in Iraq, and UN sends a mission

Sep 4, 2014

The Holy See on Monday urged the UN to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq during a special session of the... Read more

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, speaks at the Rimini meeting, Aug. 25, 2014.

Terror recruitment linked to Europe failing its young people

Sep 2, 2014

As reports continue to emerge on Muslims born and raised in Europe being recruited by the Islamic State, the continent... Read more

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq Aug. 12-20 as Pope Francis' personal envoy, speaks to CNA in Rome, Aug. 22, 2014.

Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

Aug 22, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who... Read more

A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution

Aug 22, 2014

Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Iraqi bishop warns that West will suffer from Islamism

Aug 19, 2014

The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has warned that Christians around the world would face suffering from Islamists as his diocese... Read more

A young refugee in Erbil, Iraq.

Religious, academic leaders call for more US action in Iraq

Aug 14, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Both academic and religious leaders, in the U.S. and abroad, have urged greater U.S. military action in Iraq and Syria... Read more

Saeed Abedini, who is imprisoned in Iran, with his family.

Christian pastor faces new threat from Sunnis in Iranian prison

Aug 14, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Saeed Abedini, a pastor who holds American citizenship and has been captive in Iran for nearly two years, faces new... Read more

The Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Youhanna Moshe -- one of the five bishops forced from the city by the Islamic State -- is seen in this 2011 photo.

Papal envoy meets with officials, displaced persons in Erbil

Aug 14, 2014

Pope Francis' special envoy to Iraq has safely arrived in Erbil, the Holy See press officer said Thursday, adding that... Read more

Persons displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Aid to the Church in Need pledges $1m to aid Iraqi Christians

Aug 14, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The U.S. branch of the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need has pledged $1 million to help... Read more

Persons displaced by the Islamic State who have arrived in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Italian bishops call on faithful to pray for Iraqi Christians

Aug 13, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

As the plight of Christians and other religious minorities intensifies under the spread of the Islamic State, Italian charities and... Read more

Persons displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Vatican diplomacy focuses on humanitarian intervention in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014

The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State has pushed Vatican diplomacy... Read more

Program for the interreligious peace prayer service held in Denver's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Aug. 11, 2014.

Hundreds attend interreligious prayer for peace in Denver

Aug 13, 2014

By Mary Farrow

An estimated 900 people of the three Abrahamic religions packed the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Denver... Read more

Persons displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Pope Francis urges United Nations to intervene in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014

Pope Francis called the United Nations to act to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway in Iraq in a letter... Read more

These two displaced people who fled the Islamic State to Ankawa, in Erbil, are among the more than 1.2 million displaced persons in Iraq.

Vatican official calls for military protection of Iraqi Christians

Aug 13, 2014

The Holy See's permanent observer to the United Nations on Saturday urged the international community to provide humanitarian assistance and... Read more

Jewish, Christian, and Muslims leaders joined together to sign the PLACE initiative in Denver, Aug. 11, 2014.

Religious leaders urge Obama to help minorities in Middle East

Aug 11, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

As persecution of religious minorities intensifies in Iraq, in the U.S. Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders have joined together to... Read more

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was appointed Aug. 8 as Pope Francis' envoy to Iraq.

New Iraqi envoy shows Pope's desire for key diplomatic role

Aug 9, 2014

Pope Francis' appointment Friday of a special envoy to Iraq demonstrates his desire that diplomacy have an impact for the... Read more