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Iraq – Restored church gives Christians hope and a reason to stay

With a long history of persecution, the Christians of Baghdeda (Qaraqosh) know that the bad times might return, but  believe that “a Church that is not persecuted is a Church that does not carry Christ.” It is a beautiful day in Baghdeda, and families are streaming into the church of St. Behnam and Sarah. The […]

Iraqi Christians face new year with hope and apprehension

The life of Christians on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains remains precarious, even though much progress has been made in the wake of the ouster of ISIS from the region and the restoration and rebuilding of Christian homes as well as churches and Church properties. Four Christians from Qaraqosh, which is regaining its status as the most important […]

Iraq: Ankawa, Home of the Christians, Comes of Age

The creation of “the biggest district of Christians in the Middle East” has been warmly welcomed by a bishop from the area who sees the development as critical for securing the future of the Church in the country. Syriac Catholic Archbishop Nathaniel Nizar Semaan of Adiabene told Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 Interview: ISIS invasion of Iraq, five years on

The final struggle: What remains of Christianity in Iraq five years after the ISIS invasion? On August 6, 2014, IS (Islamic State) units razed and conquered the Christian settlements of the Nineveh Plain, north of Mosul. Some 120,000 Christians had to flee overnight. Many of them found refuge around the Kurdish city of Erbil. For […]

ACN Feature story— Mosul, Iraq

  ACN Feature Story—Iraq Mosul was liberated two years ago, but many Christians are still afraid to return On July 10, 2017, exactly 2 years ago, Iraqi government declared Daesh (ISIS), defeated. The liberation of Mosul took place three years after the city had been subjected to strict sharia law, including forced conversions, mass executions […]

ACN Feature: Sowing hope for more Christian families in Iraq

Iraq Sowing hope for more Christian families in Iraq by by Xavier Bisits & Iban de la Sota , for ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the website July 3, 2019 As part of its reconstruction efforts in the Nineveh Plains, Iraq, the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in […]

Iraq: There are forces interested in destabilizing the situation and expelling the Christians

IRAQ: There are forces interested in destabilizing the situation and expelling the Christians   SYRIAC-ORTHODOX Archbishop Mar Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf heads the Archeparchy of Mosul, Kirkuk and the Syriac Orthodox Church. In this interview, conducted by Ragheb Elias Karash for the foundation Aid to the Church in Need (USA), he addresses the plight of Christians […]