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The Islamic State group’s attempt to erase any culture but its own continues apace. It now has blown up a 10th century Chaldean monastery north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to...
The Islamic State (ISIS) has blown up a 10th century Chaldean Catholic church north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to sources. Nineveh Yakou, Assyrian archaeologist and director...
Christian leaders again called for help for Assyrian Christians as Islamic State militants stepped up their attacks against their towns in northern Syria. Syria's northeast Hassakeh Province is...
The Christians abducted by the Islamic State (IS) group on February 23 from villages in northeastern Syria, near the border with Turkey, "were released in mid-week, March 5-6, without payment of any...
Fr. Rafiq Khoury, one of the priests of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, has issued his second book of the new series which can be added to more than 15 books he had authored. He is also the...
The first courses of Catholic University in Erbil, the capital of Northern Kurdistan, will begin this year. Recently, Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, ordinary of the archdiocese of Erbil and...
Four more Assyrian Christian hostages being held by Islamic State militants have been released, a week after being abducted in the Khabour region of Syria. Assyrian TV reported that a married couple...
During a moving audience this week with North African bishops who are in the Vatican for their Ad Limina visit, Pope Francis thanked them and their ecclesial communities for their courage and for...
A pontifical aid organisation has begun sending aid to families who fled their homes when ISIS militants raided a cluster of Assyrian Christian villages on the Khabur River in north-east Syria. The...
Lebanon made an exception to its border restrictions on Syrian refugees Tuesday, March 3, by allowing the entry of some 20 Assyrian Christians who are fleeing the Islamic State, Lebanese priest...
It really is the stuff of hellish nightmares. While 19 of the Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS in north-eastern Syrian have been released, around 200 are still being held hostage. The kidnapped...
The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday, March 1, who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local...
Pope Francis following the recitation of the Marian Prayer on Sunday, March 1, remembered the people of Syria and Iraq saying “Unfortunately, there is no cessation in the dramatic news about violence...
Lambasting what he called "intolerable brutality" against Christians in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis on Sunday, March 1, called for the faithful to practise love that "transforms all." Said the...
The ISIS group has released a new video showing its militants destroying the ancient artifacts at a museum in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The video released on Thursday, February 26, shows...
Although he is in retreat in the hills of Rome, immersed in Lenten Spiritual Exercises, Pope Francis is following the situation in Syria with deep concern. Speaking to Vatican Radio, Archbishop...
Fears are growing for the safety of more than 100 people taken captive on Tuesday, February 24, as the extremist group Islamic State seized Christian villages in Hassake Governorate, northeast Syria...
Extremism was not absent on the day when Cain killed his brother Abel. But today it is persistent. Humanity finds itself face-to-face with new and rising waves of extremism. It is a two-fold war. The...
Activists monitoring the conflict in Syria said Thursday, February 26, that the number of Christians kidnapped by ISIS terrorists in their most recent offensive has risen to at least 220. The...
The Maltese bishop in Benghazi, Silvestru Magro, who is currently in Malta on a short break before he leaves for Rome, could not confirm whether the church he oversees there is being used by Islamic...