Catholic Church in Iraq

The Latest

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

Emmanuel Macron toured Our Lady of the Hour Church in Mosul. Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on Oct. 4, 2014.

Pope Francis ‘deeply saddened’ by Baghdad market bombing

The explosion at the al-Wuhailat market killed at least 30 people. Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq speaks at Georgetown University on Feb. 15, 2018.

Iraqi archbishop: We must ensure ISIS genocide is not repeated

Grateful for aid to Iraqi Christian genocide victims, the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil says more must be done to... Read more

The fire-ravaged coronavirus isolation ward of al-Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nasiriyah, Iraq, July 13, 2021.

Pope Francis prays for more than 60 people killed in Iraq COVID ward fire

The pope assured families of “his spiritual closeness to all affected.” Read more

Christian refugees iving in an abandoned mall in Lebanon.

Christian refugees in Lebanon live in abandoned mall amid economic crisis

An NGO has documented the harsh living conditions. Read more

Pope Francis meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

Pope Francis discusses protection of Christians with Iraqi prime minister

The pope and Mustafa Al-Kadhimi discussed the importance of protecting the Christian presence in the Middle East. Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Iraqi cardinal: Pope Francis gave $350,000 for poor during Iraq trip

A cardinal has revealed that Pope Francis gave a donation of $350,000 to the Chaldean Catholic Church during his recent... Read more

Pope Francis meets Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, Iraq, March 6, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Iraq, Muslim dialogue, and persecuted Christians

Among the historic moments from the pope’s recent visit to Iraq was the establishment of a National Day of Tolerance... Read more

Pope Francis delivers a general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis: Keep praying for ‘our sorely tried brothers and sisters’ in Iraq

At this morning’s general audience, Pope Francis urged Catholics worldwide to keep praying for “our sorely tried brothers and sisters”... Read more

E-Book: "Francis in Iraq," download all the Pope's messages

E-Book: 'Francis in Iraq' - Download all of Pope Francis' messages from his trip to Iraq

In this e-book you will find all the homilies, prayers and speeches that Pope Francis gave during his historic visit... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference en route from Rome to Iraq March 8, 2021. Caption: Colm Flynn/CNA.

Pope Francis confirms plans to go to Hungary for International Eucharistic Congress

Pope Francis on Monday confirmed that he planned to visit Hungary for the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress,... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference en route from Rome to Iraq March 8, 2021. Caption: Colm Flynn/CNA.

‘This is the pure Gospel’: Pope Francis moved by Iraqi Christians’ witness

Pope Francis said Monday that the sight of the destroyed churches and ruins in Mosul and the Nineveh Plains in... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference en route from Rome to Iraq March 8, 2021. Caption: Colm Flynn/CNA.

Pope Francis: Meeting with Iraq’s top Shiite cleric offered ‘universal message’ of fraternity

On his flight to Rome from Baghdad on Monday, Pope Francis said that Iraq’s top Shiite cleric is a “humble and... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily at Mass in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily, delivered March 7, 2021, in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Erbil: ‘Today I can see at first hand that the Church in Iraq is alive’

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed joy at the vitality of the Church in Iraq despite years of fierce persecution.  Read more

Pope Francis in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq on March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Angelus address in the Nineveh Plains

Here is the full prepared text of Pope Francis’ Angelus address, delivered March 7, 2021, in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh), Iraq.  Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in the Nineveh Plains: ‘Terrorism and death never have the last word’

Pope Francis entrusted the rebuilding of Christian communities in the Nineveh Plains to the protection of the Virgin Mary at... Read more

Pope Francis prays for the victims of war in Mosul, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Full text: Pope Francis’ prayer of suffrage for the victims of war in Mosul

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ prayer of suffrage for the victims of the war, delivered March 7, 2021,... Read more

Pope Francis releases a dove after praying for the victims of war in Mosul, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis prays for victims of war in ruins of Mosul

Pope Francis prayed on Sunday for the victims of war in the rubble-strewn city of Mosul, where the Islamic State... Read more

Pope Francis with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi at Baghdad International Airport, March 5, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Iraqi PM declares national day of tolerance in honor of papal meeting with top Shiite cleric

Iraq’s prime minister on Saturday declared March 6 a National Day of Tolerance and Coexistence in honor of Pope Francis’ landmark... Read more