Faith-based targeting has created a problem of its own specific to Christians: emigration. Pope Francis’s historic visit to Iraq, however, ushers in a hope for residents of Qaraqosh – largely rebuilt with the help of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and its benefactors, that these numbers will begin to change.
A Gift From the Christians of Iraq for Pope Francis The Holy Father will pay a visit to the Al-Tahera Church on Sunday, March 7 in Qaraqosh, the town in northern Iraq also known as Baghdeda or Bakhdida. Father Yako Ammar, the parish priest of Al-Tahira, explains in a conversation with Aid to the Church […]
Nearly a month ago, the Christians of the Nineveh Plain recalled a tragic event: the invasion by the Islamic State (IS) group six years earlier. Fortunately, there is hope with the reconstruction of a legendary church in the region. On August 6, 2014, IS fighters conquered and razed the Christian settlements of the Nineveh Plain, […]
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 […]
Above: Iraq Nineve area Qaraqosh Bakhdida Man: Louis Petrus (61) in his burned house, 8-11-2016 Qaraqosh (Iraq) Churches turned shooting ranges The inhabitants of Qaraqosh in Iraq are beginning to make their way home. If their happiness of returning to their native home is immense, the challenges they find themselves confronted with are also great. The […]
John Newton, ACN United Kingdom Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada Montreal, August 7th, 2014 – Following the fall of Iraq’s largest Christian town late last night (6th-7th August) the leader of Iraq’s biggest Catholic community has made an impassioned plea for help to the international community. In an open letter Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako […]