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Students at the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena's prefab school in Ankawa, Erbil on April 7, 2016.

These Iraqi children have lost everything – except their faith

Apr 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

Six hundred Christian children whose families fled ISIS violence in 2014 have lost their homes, schools, sometimes friends, sanitary living... Read more

Sister Diana Momeka, OP appeared before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington D.C. on May 13, 2015.

Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

May 13, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned... Read more

Ankawa in Erbil Province.

Ankawa bomb attack strikes unease in refugees with nowhere else to go

Apr 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

A car bomb explosion in front of the American consulate in what is considered the safest city in Iraq has... Read more

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

Knights' collection for persecuted Iraqis passes $2 million

Sep 11, 2014

A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014.

Pope Francis to Iraqi priest: I'll never leave or forget you

Sep 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peters Square during the Wednesday general audience on Dec. 4, 2013.

Pope Francis appoints personal envoy to Iraq

Aug 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

In light of the increasingly dramatic situation of Christians in Iraq following the expansion of ISIS forces to the plain... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience May 28, 2014.

Pope issues urgent appeal for global help of Iraqi Christians

Aug 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

As Iraq’s largest Christian city fell into the hands of the Islamic State, Pope Francis issued an urgent appeal asking... Read more

A man leaves his car and packs his bag at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014.

Catholic groups unite to help Iraqis ousted by extremists

Aug 6, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Catholic Relief Services and Caritas have agreed to a common plan to help those who have fled from their homes... Read more

A family at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014.

Bishops' charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Jul 30, 2014

The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum... Read more