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First, we would like to greet proudly the Iraqi courageous army, the federal police, the Peshmerga and the Popular Mobilization and coalition forces sharing in the liberation of Mosul and the towns...
Between bombs, destruction and fears for the future, returning home remains a distant prospect for the Christians of northern Iraq displaced by the Islamic State jihadist group. Iraqi forces are...
Bartalla, a Christian town in Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital, has been recaptured, and there has been fighting in the area of Qaraqosh, formerly Iraq’s largest Christian town. But...
The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells. A...
The Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, has condemned the “gruesome” impact of the Syrian conflict and the dire humanitarian situation...
Hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians danced and sang to celebrate an Iraqi military operation to retake their community’s main hub of Qaraqosh from jihadists. Iraqi Christian men, women and...
The head of the Catholic aid and development agency, Caritas Internationalis, warned on Thursday, October 19, the conflict in the Iraqi city of Mosul will cause heavy civilian casualties and will not...
Chaldean Patriarch Mar Raphael Louis Sako has renewed his call for national unity for the success of this huge military. "We Iraqis - said the Chaldean Primate - are one in spite of our various...
Iraqi Christians have welcomed the start of the Mosul offensive, the aim of which is to drive Islamic State out of their homeland for the past, but a senior Chaldean Catholic said that the hope they...
Coptic Orthodox priest Royce George, engaged in the pastoral care of the Orthodox Coptic community in Bahrain, has confirmed the donation of land by King Hamad Ben Isa Al Khalifa for the construction...
Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Syria on Wednesday, October 12. Addressing pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis said, “I...
More than one million children in Syria signed on Monday, October 10, a petition calling for peace as part of a fresh appeal to political leaders to end the violence engulfing the country. At least...
In an interview with the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus and newly-elected Cardinal Marco Zenari, he says: “This conflict broke out on Muslim turf, between Sunni and Shiite countries. This is where the...
Bashar Warda, the Catholic Chaldean archbishop of Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has said that the Church must play a role in “rebuilding the future”, providing jobs for communities and...
Iraq is at risk of losing its Syriac Christian presence if it does not legally recognize the group in its constitution, leading Church figures have warned. Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem...
Franciscan Minister General Fr. Michael Perry, alongside the superior of the Franciscans based in Syria and Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton, on Tuesday, October 4, issued a statement...
The Pope is encouraging Catholics to alleviate the crisis in Syria, where all inhabitants are suffering, but around 13 of its 17 million people are experiencing the dramatic consequences of the war...
But despite being bombed, schools are rebuilt and remain open: “We are responsible for pupils, no matter what”. “Religious are like soldiers. And soldiers don’t run away.” Sister Luisa points to the...
Remarkable stories of how refugees who lost everything are now rebuilding their lives from scratch have emerged from Iraq. There are many Christians among the many thousands of Iraqis and Syrians...
Those responsible for the bombing of Aleppo “will be accountable before God for their actions”, stated Pope Francis on Wednesday, September 28, launching a new and urgent new appeal for Syria and...