Christians in Iraq

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The Catholic University of Erbil in Ankawa, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Catholic charity sees ‘signs of hope’ for Iraq’s beleaguered Christians

May 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘Pope Francis’ visit, I think, really has given them hope,’ said Aid to the Church in Need’s Regina Lynch. Read more

A Christian family in Qaraqosh sporting their traditional dressing for Holy Week in April 2022.

Joyful Iraqi Christians return to Nineveh Plains to celebrate Holy Week

Apr 11, 2022

By Bashar Jameel Hanna

An estimated 25,000 Iraqi Christians gathered for a joyous Palm Sunday reunion after years of war and displacement. Read more

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

'Francis in Iraq': Powerful film focuses on the people the pope came to see

Apr 2, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

"Francis in Iraq," a new documentary about the pope's historic visit to the war-torn country in 2021, hopes to raise... Read more

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda (center), joined Alejandro Bermudez (far right), executive editor of the ACI Group and Catholic News Agency, and other dignitaries and staff members at a ceremony marking the launch of the Arabic-language news agency in Erbil, Iraq, on March 25, 2022.

'It's the time for the world to hear our voice': Catholic news agency in Iraq to serve persecuted Christians

Mar 25, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, was among the dignitaries at a ceremony marking the inauguration of ACI... Read more

The logo of ACI MENA, EWTN's new Arabic-language news agency, based in Erbil, Iraq.

EWTN launches Arabic-language news agency based in Iraq

Mar 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched an Arabic-language news service headquartered in Erbil, Iraq. Read more

Pope Francis meets Iraqi Church representatives on the first anniversary of his visit to Iraq, Feb. 28, 2022.

Pope Francis remembers historic Iraq visit 1 year later

Feb 28, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

He said his visit on March 5-8, 2021, was ‘unforgettable.’ Read more

March 26, 2021: The restored image of the Virgin Mary destroyed by ISIS returned to its original parish in Iraq.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee urges Biden to protect Iraqi Christians

Sep 1, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

After the last U.S. forces left Afghanistan this week, an interfaith coalition implored President Joe Biden to keep American troops... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Chaldean Patriarchate drops ‘Babylon’ from official title

Aug 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Synod of the Chaldean Catholic Church backed the change unanimously. 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

Jul 16, 2021

By Matt Hadro

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

Pope Francis meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi

Pope Francis discusses protection of Christians with Iraqi prime minister

Jul 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Pope Francis prays before the Salus Populi Romani icon in Rome’s Basilica of St. Mary Major Dec. 8, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis entrusts Iraq trip to Virgin Mary’s protection

Mar 4, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the eve of his departure for a three-day trip to Iraq, Pope Francis visited a Rome basilica to ask... Read more

Children of families that sought refuge in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, April 11, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Christians and Muslims alike welcome Pope Francis' trip to Iraq

Mar 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Iraqi Christians and Muslims alike have expressed excitment for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to Iraq, an aid worker based in... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil at the Chaldean cathedral in Erbil, Iraq, April 12, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Archbishop Warda: With papal visit, world will see ‘joyful people’ of Iraq

Mar 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil said he hopes with Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, the world will see a... Read more

The official logo of Pope Francis' visit to Iraq. Credit: Saint-Adday.

Where is Pope Francis going in Iraq and why? A CNA Explainer

Feb 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In a week’s time Pope Francis is expected to make history by becoming the first pope to travel to Iraq.... Read more

An Iraqi Catholic wears a facemark at a Mass in Baghdad on Dec. 24, 2020. Credit: Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images/CNA.

Iraqi government imposes COVID restrictions weeks before papal visit

Feb 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Iraqi government has announced new COVID-19 restrictions, including the closure of all places of worship, less than three weeks... Read more

Pope Francis pictured at the general audience at the Vatican April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis to meet top Shiite cleric on Iraq visit, says cardinal

Jan 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis will meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during his trip to Iraq, a cardinal said on Thursday  Read more

Mass at the Chaldean Cathedral in Erbil, Iraq, on April 12, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Iraqi Catholics urged to pray at Sunday Masses that Pope Francis will be able to visit country

Jan 14, 2021

A cardinal has called on Iraqi Catholics to pray at Sunday Masses that Pope Francis will be able to visit... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, pictured on Feb. 11, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Catholic archbishop: papal visit could ‘change trajectory’ of Christian presence in Iraq

Dec 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda has said that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country could be a turning point for... 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

Nov 24, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

More Christian families left the Nineveh Plains than returned to their hometowns last year amid ongoing security concerns in the... Read more