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Patriarch Louis Raphaël Sako speaks at an Aid to the Church in Need press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Cardinal calls for 3-day ‘Nineveh fast’ for return to peace and stability in Iraq

Chaldean Catholics in Iraq are undertaking a three-day “Nineveh fast” this week to pray for peace and security in their... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on October 4, 2014.

Pope Francis sends condolences after 32 killed in suicide bombings in Iraq

Pope Francis said on Thursday that he was praying for the victims of two suicide bombings in Baghdad, which took place... Read more

First Communion at at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Telskuf, Iraq. Courtesy of Fr. Karam Shamasha.

Iraqi Christians ‘living with hope’ as stability slowly returns to Nineveh Plains

Iraqi Christians are trying to face challenges with strength and hope as they continue to rebuild their lives after the... Read more

Chaldean Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph in Ankawa, Iraq.

Iraqi prime minister tells Christians to come home, but is it safe?

The Iraqi prime minister has encouraged Christians to come home—but  Catholic leaders and aid agencies say without stability and economic... 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

Turkish airforce fighter jet.

US religious freedom commission condemns Turkish airstrikes

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a statement on Friday, calling on the Turkish military to halt... Read more

Pope Francis during the Wednesday general audience inside the Vatican's Paul VI Hall on Feb. 12, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for Iraqis as Vatican confirms no papal visit in 2020

Speaking to pilgrims from the Middle East during his general audience address, the pope gave a special welcome to people... Read more

Isis training center in Christian church, Iraq.

Historic Iraqi church to be rebuilt

The rebuilding of a Syriac Catholic church in Mosul, Iraq, destroyed by ISIS will begin soon, the U.N.’s heritage agency... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil.

Amid protests, Iraqi archbishop calls for 'equal rights and dignity' for Christians

Iraqi Christians must take an active role in the country’s future if they want a unified, multi-religious Iraq, the Archbishop... Read more

Armenian church behind barbed wire, Baghdad, Iraq. Via Shutterstock.

Soleimani air strike could mean new danger for Iraqi Christians

Christian communities in the Middle East are likely to suffer renewed persecution in any instability following recent U.S. airstrikes, experts... Read more

Fr. Georges Jahola in Al-Tahira church in Bakhdida in November 2016, shortly after the town's liberation. Photo courtesy of Fr. Jahola.

Cathedral in Iraq's largest Christian town to be rebuilt in 2020

The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida remains charred black inside, five years after the Islamic State plundered and... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako.

Cardinal Sako orders muted Christmas celebrations in Iraq

Christmas celebrations among Iraqi Christians will be subdued this year in a show of solidarity with anti-government protesters.   Read more

An Iraqi anti-government protester waves a national flag in Baghdad on Nov. 29, 2019.

Pope Francis prays for Iraqi people after 45 killed in protests

Pope Francis said Sunday that he was grieved to hear of the deadly violence against protesters in Iraq and expressed... Read more

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC, Red Wednesday.

‘We must not hide from suffering,’ Iraqi archbishop says on Red Wednesday

In Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Catholics and Church leaders from four continents gathered Wednesday... Read more

The dome of a church profained by IS in the Christian city of Qaraqoosh, Nov. 2016.

USAID and Knights of Columbus in agreement to help Mid East Christians

The joint effort was agreed in a memorandum of understanding announced Oct. 12 and will begin in Iraq, before being... 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

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

In Iraq, necessity makes priests become engineers

Priests in Iraq are helping reconstruct around 13,000 homes in the Plain of Nineveh which have been damaged or destroyed... Read more

ISIS may be gone, but Mosul still faces a long winter ahead

Christians, Muslims and other victims of ISIS feel relief over the terrorist group being pushed back from the Nineveh Plain... Read more

Maan George Hanna, an Iraqi Christian refugee at a church shelter in Jordan.

Iraqi Christians say there's no going home after rise of Islamic State

Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many... Read more