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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 […]

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 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 […]