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Iraq: Pope’s visit offers us a lifeline

According to one of the most influential bishops in the country, the Pope’s decision to visit Iraq may prove vital to saving its ancient Christian community from extinction. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, which is the capital of semi-autonomous Kurdish northern Iraq, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that […]

ACN Interview: ISIS invasion of Iraq, five years on

The final struggle: What remains of Christianity in Iraq five years after the ISIS invasion? On August 6, 2014, IS (Islamic State) units razed and conquered the Christian settlements of the Nineveh Plain, north of Mosul. Some 120,000 Christians had to flee overnight. Many of them found refuge around the Kurdish city of Erbil. For […]

ACN PRESS – ACN speaks to Archbishop Warda of Iraq

    Iraq “No one has to live in a tent anymore” Montreal/Königstein, October 23, 2015 – More than a year after having fled and been driven out by the terrorist militia “Islamic State (ISIS),” Christians in Iraq no longer harbour the hope that they will be able to return to their homes anytime soon. […]

IRAQ – Our people have been abandoned

Government accused of leaving displaced Christians to their fate The Government of Iraq is guilty of not helping Christians desperate to flee Islamic State (IS) militia, according to a leading Catholic bishop from the country. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil said Iraq’s national government in Baghdad “has done nothing, absolutely nothing” for 120,000 Christians […]