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: Sister Clara’s Dream Comes True!

Sister Clara Nas, the prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena, envisioned a new school for the children of Qaraqosh – now her dream has become a reality! On August 6, 2014, the city of Qaraqosh fell into the hands of the Islamic State (IS). The city, located on the Nineveh Plains […]

ACN after papal visit to Iraq: “Hopefully this will motivate the international community to help more”

Director of Projects sees encouraging signs following trip to Iraq with the Pope ACN International draws a positive outcome from Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, which ended on Monday. “The trip has already changed how the majority of Iraqis view Christians. They have understood that Christians are not just guests from the West, but they […]

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 […]

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 […]

Iraq: A Beacon of Light for Baghdeda (Qaraqosh)

Nearly a month ago, the Christians of the Nineveh Plain recalled a tragic event: the invasion by the Islamic State (IS) group six years earlier. Fortunately, there is hope with the reconstruction of a legendary church in the region. On August 6, 2014, IS fighters conquered and razed the Christian settlements of the Nineveh Plain, […]

ACN Information Covid-19: a Missed Opportunity for Peace

Over two months ago, the UN issued an appeal for a worldwide ceasefire in the hope that people would instead concentrate on the battle against Covid-19. Six days later, the Pope also echoed this appeal. Now ACN has contacted Church leaders on the ground in the various conflict regions in order to find out what […]

ACN Feature story – Iraq: Batanya is back

Iraq Batnaya is back Text by John Pontifex, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Posted on line March 18, 2020 Catholic charity to help rebuild flattened Christian village A massive program has just received the go ahead to help revive a Christian village in Iraq, which was almost completely razed to the […]

ACN Feature Story: Batnaya rises again in Iraq

  Iraq Batnaya rises again by Irmina Nockiewicz & Maria Lozano , ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada Published on the web February 25, 2020 Batnaya is a town in the north of Iraq, some 24 km from Mosul. Before ISIS arrived there were 950 families living here, all of them Chaldean Catholics. It was […]

ACN News – “2019 was a year of martyrs”

ACN International Initial assessment of the last year: “2019 was a year of martyrs” by Maria Lozano & Jürgen Liminski, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin for ACN Canada Published on the web, January 10, 2019 Thomas Heine-Geldern, president of the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), gives an initial assessment […]