When Fr. Ragheed Aziz Ganni was confronted by armed men after celebrating the Eucharist at his Chaldean Catholic parish in Mosul, they asked him why he was still there and why he hadn’t closed the church as they had demanded. “How can I close the house of God?” he responded, right before they shot and
As government forces pry apart the Islamic State’s three yearlong grip on Mosul, Muslims and Christians have united to rebuild a damaged monastery. A Facebook page called “This is Christian Iraq” – dedicated to connecting Iraqi Christians and maintaining the faith amid ISIS threat – recently posted a series of photos showing the joint effort.
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
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.
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
Ten-year-old Aysha lived in Kafer, Iraq, just outside the ISIS-held city of Mosul. The Islamic State fought fiercely just outside her village, leaving a trail of death, horror and grief. Kafer was under ISIS control for over two years until October this year, when Iraqi troops fought their way into the village on their way
The plight of Christians in the Middle East was the focus of an educational and fundraising event in Denver on Friday, in which two Christian refugees from a city near Mosul told of their escape from Islamic State militants. The Sept. 18 Assembly of Hope and Mercy was hosted by Regis University. A young Iraqi