ACN’s Interview – Iraq – “If the families do not return to their homes, then Christianity will disappear”

Iraq: “If the families do not return to their homes, then Christianity will disappear”   Father Salar Kajo is one of the priests who have accompanied the over 120,000 Christians who were forced to flee their homes following the invasion by Daesh (Islamic State/IS), and who have spent the last three years as refugees in […]

Press Release – Meeting in the United Nations with ACN, KofC and UNDP

UNDP and ACN: High-level meeting to channel more help to suffering Christians in the Nineveh Plains NYC-Montreal, February 27 – Representatives of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and the Knights of Columbus (KofC), were received on Monday by Mr. Mourad Wahba the Assistant Secretary General, at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to […]

Iraq – Visit of Mossul – Second and last part

Visit of Mossul, Iraq – Second and last part A glimpse of hope for Christans  This week, continue your visit wuith Nadia, inhabitan of Mossul who comebacks after more than three years in her city, Mossul. A mix of emotion, balancing between happiness and sadness, discouragement and hope.  Nadia and Yohanna drive through the devastated […]

Iraq – Mossul – 1st part of a visit in the heart of the destruction

Mossul – Iraq – 1st part “I cannot believe my eyes when I see what ISIS has done to my church.”   While most displaced Christians are still living in the Erbil refugee camp, the first 60 families have recently decided to return to Mosul, according to Patriarch Sako. Nadia, a Christian woman, visits the […]

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 […]

Feature Story: A Marshall Plan for Iraq

A Marshall Plan for Iraq: The reconstruction of Christian villages in the Nineveh Plains  “Hope is coming back to the Nineveh Plains,” reports Father Andrzej Halemba the Middle East expert of a Catholic pastoral charity after returning from a fact-finding mission from the Iraqi Christian villages liberated last November from ISIS. The head of the […]

ACN Feature – Iraq: ”I wonder when the birds will come back.”

Telskuf, Iraq ISIS left, there destruction remains   It is the silence that you notice first. Not just a lack of noise but an absence of sounds. Even the birds have left.   I am in Telskuf, Iraq, about 32 kilometers north of the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Mosul and two kilometers from the […]

ACN Press Release – Destruction of an ancient monastery in Mosul

Iraq “A symbol of our presence” Christians in Iraq are distressed at the destruction of Iraq’s oldest monastery by ISIS Since it was made known that Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery was destroyed by the terrorist militia “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria,” ISIS there has been widespread distress in Iraq. “St. Elijah’s Monastery in Mosul […]

ACN Feature – A chapel for Christian refugees in Baghdad

Iraq “A piece of a lost homeland” Father Luis Montes is glad. “We have just consecrated a new chapel. It was high time that our refugees got their own small church. This gives them back a piece of the home they have lost. And the people can now go to Mass without risking their lives.” This […]

Christian refugees celebrate Easter in Iraq

Iraq Between the Cross and hope: “Suffering with Christ”  Palm branches, cries of ‘Hosanna’: As it is in the rest of the world, Palm Sunday marked the start of Holy Week for Catholics in Iraq. In Malabrwan, a small Christian village in the north of the country dozens of children gathered in the Chaldean parish church holding […]