ACN Story: Iraq

© Aid to the Church in Need “We dropped everything and fled” The convent of Sister Sanaa and her fellow nuns was destroyed by ISIS – Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) helps nuns and priests make a fresh start By Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada In 2014, […]

ACN Interview – Jerusalem

© Ilona Budzbon / Aid to the Church in Need Jerusalem, Holy Land “Nineteen Christian families have left Bethlehem” Franciscan Custos Pierbattista Pizzaballa talks with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about the violence in the Holy Land and its consequences by Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by ACN Canada Aid to the Church […]

What Future for Iraq? Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako

A speech delivered on September 9, 2014 by His Beatitude Patriarch Sako, Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, in Antwerp, during a conference organized by Sant’Egidio. For almost two millennia Christian communities have lived in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. These groups have contributed economically, politically, and intellectually, and have helped shape […]

Greetings from Dohuk – Iraq

Today I would like to share with you the points below which we heard from the majority of the displaced people who we met. Why we need international protection? Why we need safe haven area? There are today new realities on the ground in northern Iraq after the speed through which ISIS controlled vast swaths of […]

An ACN exclusive interview with an Iraqi priest

The following interview was conducted by Robert Lalonde, head of information for ACN Canada, on Monday, September 1st, 2014, with Father Majid McDassy o.p., Dominican fathers convent in Baghdad ____________________________________  Have any northern Iraqis moved towards Baghdad?  Yes. In fact, families are beginning to move and to come to Baghdad in order to seek refuge. […]


  “I want to stay in Iraq, I love it.”  By Maria Lozano, ACN International, Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada   This morning we [the Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) delegation], left Ankawa and Erbil with their concentration of tens of thousands of refugees, and drove with Archbishop Emil Nona of […]


Yesterday, in a statement yesterday, Sunday, August 10, the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon Mgr Louis Sako Raphael, took stock of the dire situation currently found Iraqi refugees. We offer this statement in its entirety. Death and sickness are grabbing the children and elderly people among the thousands of refugee families spread over the Kurdistan Region […]

“My diocese no longer exists”

The advance of the ISIS warriors has left thousands of Iraqi Christians homeless – The Catholic Church is helping Christians and Muslims By Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada “Ahlan wa sahlan. Welcome,” is Archbishop Amel Nona’s friendly greeting to an anxious looking veiled woman who enters his office. He […]

Press Release: Iraq – Create a new ‘village’ for people fleeing ISIS

By John Pontifex, ACN United Kingdom Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada   Montreal, Monday June 30, 2014 – A LEADING archbishop has called for the creation of a huge displacement centre, the size of a village, in Kurdish northern Iraq for tens of thousands of people – many of them Christians – fleeing […]