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Thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes to escape violence. Extremists calling themselves the Islamic State have seized large swathes of territory in the north since they seized Mosul in June....
"Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant" (ISIL) elements have launched fresh attacks on Christian areas in north Iraq, sparking a new wave of displacement, AFP reported Wednesday, August 6. Towns...
The Patriarchs of the East, who met on Thursday, August 7, at Diman in a summit chaired by Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Rahi, called for working together hand in hand before what...
The director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father's prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially...
Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians fled an advance by Sunni jihadists into the country's northern Christian heartland on Thursday, sending families packing into cars or fleeing on foot as the...
While the world fixates on the conflict between Israel and Hamas—and while most mainstream media demonize Israel for trying to survive amid a sea of Arab-Islamic hostility—similar or worse tragedies...
The brothers arrived from Erbil on July 21 after being driven from Mosul along with thousands of other Christian families that the "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) had forced to choose...
After capturing Mosul, jihadist Islamic State militants have now also taken hold of the villages in the Nineveh Plain which had been historical strongholds of local Christian communities in ancient...
After three years of hard times consequence of political turmoil born at Tahrir Square in Cairo, the Coptic community seems to raise its head. Following an uneasy coexistence with the Muslim...
A week ago, the Islamic State (IS) released a video of their members beheading some 50 young men in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, and assassinating hundreds of others in cities in Syria and Iraq...
The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) declared a so-called "Islamic caliphate" in northern Syria and eastern Iraq on June 10, 2014. In this special series, people from all walks of life speak...
The international community and the world's superpowers must realise the need for "concrete actions of solidarity" for Iraqi Christians because the "very survival" of the minority in the country and...
Lebanese churches are struggling to handle the influx of hundreds of Christian families who fled Mosul after Islamic extremists seized Iraq's second-largest city, threatening Christians and other...
With the world’s attention focused on Gaza, Islamist militants in Iraq can perpetrate their crimes without fear of facing justice, the Anglican vicar of Baghdad has said. Andrew White, an Anglican...
Protests are ramping up around the world against Islamic extremists who have purged Iraqi Christians from lands they have inhabited for 2,000 years. Demonstrations against the Islamic State of Iraq...
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has appealed for prayers for Iraqi Christians and called for an end to "the violent persecution that threatens to extinguish the Christian...
"The Christian community in Libya is now reduced to a minimum but I intend to stay here even if only one Christian remains", says His Exc. Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of...
Three French bishops visited the Christian communities affected by the ongoing conflict and unrest in Iraq last week. Their four-day trip included stops in Karakosh, Alqosh, Kirkuk and Erbil. Among...
Protests are ramping up around the world against Islamic extremists who have purged Iraqi Christians from lands they have inhabited for 2,000 years. Demonstrations against the Islamic State of Iraq...
The families that have fled Mosul "must be able to stay in our homeland, Iraq". Facilitating their exile through special visas is not the real solution, rather a political effort is needed that will...