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A “Bethlehem” for Iraqi Christians

International Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need begins Advent campaign “Back to the Roots”   Advent is a “time of expectation”. For thousands of Iraqi Christians, the wait after they were driven out by the terrorist organization IS has stretched out to an indefinite period. Since 2014, many of them have had […]

ACN Press: A LAMBORGHINI TO SUPPORT THE CHRISTIANS IN NINEVEH

Rome/ Vatican A LAMBORGHINI TO SUPPORT THE CHRISTIANS IN NINEVEH A brand-new, special edition Lamborghini Huracan presented to Pope Francis will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity.  Part of the funds raised from the Sotheby’s auction will go to the “Return to the Roots” project run by the charity Aid to the […]

Iraq – The call of Msgr Sako to Iraqi Leaders

Iraq The call of Msgr Sako to Iraqi Leaders   Below, we are publishing in its entirety the “A Call to Iraqi Leaderships” which ACN received directly from Chaldean Patriarch, Msgr Louis Raphael Sako, himself.    A Call to Iraqi Leaderships These days, our country is going through unprecedented circumstances that are the result of all […]

ACN Press Release – Iraqi Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis

  Iraq  Iraqi Christians face new threat Church leaders in northern Iraq have issued a stark warning that the crisis triggered by last week’s Kurdistan independence referendum could endanger the region’s Christian presence. Following the referendum, which could see the KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) area seceding from northern Iraq, five senior Catholic and Orthodox bishops […]

ACN News – Facilitating the return of Christians to the Nineveh Plains

Rome /Iraq “Facilitate their return and guarantee their protection” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin calls for the respect of the rights of Christians in Iraq. The Cardinal was speaking at a conference organized by the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on Thursday 28 September in Rome to support the […]

ACN News – Iraqis return home to the Nineveh Plains

Nineveh Plains “…the land where we belong.” Celebrations mark return of Iraqi Christians to Nineveh About 500 Christian families – up to 2,500 people – celebrated their long-awaited homecoming to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains with ceremonies marking a fresh start in their old towns and villages.  In Qaraqosh (Baghdeda), the largest of Nineveh’s Christian towns, priests […]

Iraq – Back to School

Kids in school, essential to the survival of Christian villages   The international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is working against time, together with the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC) to repair and rebuild as many family homes as possible, so that the Syriac Catholic families can return in time for […]

ACN Feature Story – Where priests double as master-builders

Nineveh Plains Where priests double as master-builders Meet Father Georges Jahola of the Syriac Catholic Church, and Father Salar Boudagh of the Chaldean Catholic Church, in charge of the reconstruction work in some of the Christian villages on the Nineveh Plains. It happens that Catholic priests must suddenly improvise and move into other roles – such as […]

Press Release – Iraq: Rebuilding begins on the Plains of Nineveh

Iraq Rebuilding begins on the Plains of Nineveh Konigstein/Montreal—Monday, May 8 2017— And we’re off! This Monday, May 8th in the villages of Bartella, Karamless and Qaraqosh an “Olive Tree Ceremony” will mark the beginning of rebuilding work on the first 100 homes of the Christian refugee families: A program sponsored by the international Catholic […]

Iraq, Nineveh Plains: 200 million for the reconstruction

(Photo) February 2017: Batnaya is a small town situated about 15 km from Mosul. About 850 Christian families lived here in 2014. Iraq, Nineveh Plains More than 12,000 private homes on the Nineveh plains damaged by ISIS     Königstein /Montreal, March 29, 2017 – The Islamic State (ISIS) damaged more than 12,000 private homes […]