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Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, March 28, 2015.

Iraqi archbishop reflects on Christian community five years after ISIS takeover

Aug 6, 2019

Five years on from the conquering of Christian communities in Iraq by the so-called Islamic State, Christians in the country... Read more

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako.

Iraqi patriarch to Pope Francis: Chaldean Church is 'a church of martyrs'

Aug 6, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Chaldean Catholic Church is a Church of martyrs, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon told Pope Francis this week.  Read more

A man rides a motorcycle in the old city of Mosul, northern Iraq on April 21, 2019.

In Northern Iraq, Christians face obstacles on the road to rebuilding

Jul 24, 2019

By Matt Hadro

As some Christian genocide victims rebuild their homes in Northern Iraq, a tenuous security situation still threatens their future in... Read more

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

Iraqi Christians face uncertain future, U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom says

Jun 27, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The security of Christians in Northern Iraq remains “tenuous” and will require close attention in the future, the State Department’s... Read more

Abandoned ancient church in Iraqi desert located near Kirkuk city, Iraq.

Pope and Assyrian Patriarch: Blood of Middle East martyrs is ‘seed of Christian unity’

Nov 9, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis and the Assyrian Patriarch Mar Gewargis III have pledged ecumenical unity in support of persecuted Christians in the... Read more

Mark Green, Administrator of USAID, in Rome, Oct. 17, 2018.

USAID head meets with Vatican officials to talk aid for Iraq

Oct 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The head of the United States government’s international aid agency met with Vatican officials and an Iraqi cardinal Wednesday, in... Read more

A family at the Sharia Al Haman Hope refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

US aid to Iraqi Christians, Yazidis on fast track via Catholic Relief Services

Jun 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The United States Agency for International Development has announced it is investing $10 million into coalitions led by Catholic Relief... Read more

Preserving Pluralism and Diversity in the Nineveh Region conference.

Archbishop to UN: Christians are critical to Iraq’s future

Dec 4, 2017

A UN panel met last week to discuss the aftermath of the Islamic State’s occupation in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain, saying... Read more

CNA file photo

Christianity can survive in Iraq but not without your help

Nov 2, 2017

“Iraq needs aid now, or it will be without Christians,” said Fr. Luis Montes, a missionary priest has been serving... Read more

Cardinal Parolin: Iraqi Christians are called to be 'artisans' of reconciliation

Sep 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

During a conference on rebuilding Christian villages on the Plains of Nineveh, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said... Read more

Iraqi Christians still need America's help, former congressman says

Aug 23, 2017

A recent trip to Iraq drove home the perilous state of Christians and Yazidis there, a former US Congressman from... Read more

A Syriac manuscript from the Monastery of St. Catherine, Mt. Sinai.

This priest preserves Iraqi culture found in historic manuscripts

Aug 9, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Iraq and surrounding areas face the destruction of many of the region’s archaeological treasures, one priest and his fellow... Read more

A center for internally displaced persons, most of whom are Christians, in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Why this bill could be crucial for Iraq's beleaguered Christians

Jun 7, 2017

By Matt Hadro

After a myriad of reports of United States humanitarian aid not reaching Christian genocide survivors in Iraq, their advocates in... Read more

In Iraq, necessity makes priests become engineers

May 27, 2017

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

Christina Shabo holds a rosary and a scarf of the Iraqi flag.

'Have mercy on ISIS': The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi

Dec 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown... Read more

Archbishop Alberto Ortega Marti?n, Nuncio to Iraq.

Pope's Iraq envoy says peace stifled by lack of 'political will'

Oct 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

Archbishop Alberto Ortega, the Pope's Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq and Jordan, has said that in the midst of a drawn-out... Read more

Why Iraq wasn't what I thought

May 1, 2016

By Elise Harris

Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York visits a displacement center in Dawodiya, Iraq on April 10, 2016.

'Astounding' – Cardinal Dolan talks about his trip to Iraq

Apr 13, 2016

By Elise Harris

As he leaves Iraqi Kurdistan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said what struck him most during the visit were the people’s faith... Read more

Cardinal Dolan greets Iraqis in the village of Inishke before Mass on April 10, 2016.

'You are not forgotten,' Cardinal Dolan tells Iraq's Christians and Yazidis

Apr 10, 2016

By Elise Harris

On his second full day in Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan traveled three hours to Dohuk, the city where the majority... Read more

Cardinal Dolan to Iraqi seminarians: You will convert the world

Apr 9, 2016

By Elise Harris

After spending his first full day in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a special message to men studying in... Read more