With the battle for major ISIS strongholds heating up in Iraq, Pope Francis has voiced his closeness to the country, praying for the safety of people on the ground, particularly civilians caught in the crosshairs of the fighting. “My thoughts go out to civilians trapped in the western districts of Mosul and displaced because of
Innocent and terrified boys, aged from three to 16, entered what appeared to be a Mosul orphanage with tears streaming down their faces asking about their parents. The boys’ parents went missing after Islamic State militants raided through Northern Iraq in 2014, and the boys were taken straight to an Islamic State training facility in
The bill will attempt to help the US administration combat a worldwide escalation in persecution of religious minorities The US House of Representatives has passed the bipartisan Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, and the bill has now been approved by President Barack Obama. The measure gives the Obama administration and the American State Department new tools,
Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month The Syriac Catholic patriarch said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called “ghost towns" during a recent visit to northern Iraq. Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan wrote in an email to Catholic News Service that there was little
As children return home to their villages in northern Iraq, they are expected to take a very important class. How they do in that class will determine if they live or die No class in the world is as serious as the one offered to Iraqi schoolchildren returning to their liberated villages outside of Mosul.
Archbishop Bashar Warda said 100,000 people have begun preparations to return to ancient towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain Displaced Iraqi Christians are determined to return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIS, according to the bishop who has led the relief effort during their period of exile. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil
The villagers have been moved to a nearby camp for their safety Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the ISIS-held city of Mosul. Special forces Maj Gen Haider Fadhil says the residents of Tob Zawa and other nearby villages have been taken
Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned the dreary mood of displaced Christians into one of joy, which he hopes will give them the strength to stay in their homeland. “My feeling is happy, happy!” Fr. Momika told CNA after his Aug.
Law enforcement officials in central Poland said Monday that a 48-year-old Iraqi man has been arrested on charges of possessing explosives. The arrest on Sunday in Lodz took place just days before Pope Francis comes to Poland to meet with hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe for celebrations of the World
Pope Francis has prayed for victims of terrorist attacks in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Baghdad, Iraq. A cafe in Dhaka was attacked on Friday, leading to a 12-hour siege which left 28 people dead, including 20 hostages. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, however, a Bangladeshi official said the jihadists were members of a homegrown militant group. ISIS also claimed responsibility