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Iraq’s Extremists emboldened by Taliban takeover

The threat of Daesh (ISIS) and other extremists in Iraq has grown following the taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan – according to one of the Middle East’s most respected bishops. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil told leading Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the taliban’s rise to power […]

Iraq: “Now is the time to invest in young people.”

ACN Launches a New Major Project Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is backing the future of young people in Iraq. To mark the forthcoming papal visit to the country, the international Catholic pastoral and pontifical charity has announced this week, a new and ambitious program of 2.25 million dollars to support young Christian students […]

The Pope’s Visit to Iraq: “Respect for Christians will grow.”

Archbishop Bashar Warda, who will be hosting Pope Francis on his visit to Iraq, hopes for more awareness on the part of the Muslim majority for the country’s Christians. A few days before the arrival of Pope Francis in Iraq, the expectations of the local Church are high. “We hope that his visit to the […]

Feature Interview: Iraq – Archbishop Bashar Warda

Iraq “People will go back when Mosul is liberated” The displaced Christians in Erbil will probably not be able to return to their villages in the Nineveh Plain until the of summer 2017. While military operations have broadly secured the area, snipers, mines and pockets of militants remain. Until the final liberation of Mosul, it […]