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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 […]

An ACN Interview – Archbishop Petros Mouche of Iraq

Iraq longs for better times for its Church and its people Archbishop Petros Mouche heads the Syriac-Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which was captured by ISIS in the summer of 2014. Today, with ISIS ousted from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, Christian communities are slowly coming back to life. Thousands of Iraqi faithful, having […]

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 […]