Pope Francis prays for Iraq as number of civilian deaths rise

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… Continue reading Pope Francis prays for Iraq as number of civilian deaths rise

Innocent children forced into horrid orphanages and a life of terrorism

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… Continue reading Innocent children forced into horrid orphanages and a life of terrorism

President Obama signs religious freedom bill

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,… Continue reading President Obama signs religious freedom bill

Syriac Catholic patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’

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… Continue reading Syriac Catholic patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’

TOUGH CLASS: The one class these children take to determine if they live or die

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.… Continue reading TOUGH CLASS: The one class these children take to determine if they live or die

Iraqi Christians determined to return to their homes, says archbishop

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… Continue reading Iraqi Christians determined to return to their homes, says archbishop

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

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… Continue reading Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

The Iraqi Leaders are called to Reconcile the nation by a Chaldean Patriarch

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad urged Iraq’s leaders to put an end to the “institutional, economic and security deterioration” in the country. “We call upon you, with a saddened heart and sorrow because of what is happening in Iraq and because the people are suffering from violence, poverty and misery,” Patriarch Sako said… Continue reading The Iraqi Leaders are called to Reconcile the nation by a Chaldean Patriarch

Iraqi Parliament degrade Christianity by Law again but Patriarch fights them tight

The Iraqi parliament has stated a new law that will allow children to convert to Islam if either of their parents is Muslim. This law by other religious leaders in Iraq is totally unacceptable, especially for Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako who led a protest meeting in Baghdad against the new law; the… Continue reading Iraqi Parliament degrade Christianity by Law again but Patriarch fights them tight

Aid workers in Greece braced for more migrants, despite worsening weather

Those fleeing conflict remain undeterred by the worsening weather and colder autumn temperatures Greece is bracing itself for thousands more Syrians and other people to land on Lesbos and other key island crossings from Turkey, as those fleeing conflict remain undeterred by the worsening weather and colder autumn temperatures in their desperate search for safety… Continue reading Aid workers in Greece braced for more migrants, despite worsening weather

David Cameron deplores ‘systematic’ persecution of Christians

The Prime Minister has backed a new report by Aid to the Church in Need into the global persecution of Christians David Cameron has given his support to a new report into the persecution of Christians around the world. In a statement read out at the launch of Aid to the Church in Need’s ‘Persecuted… Continue reading David Cameron deplores ‘systematic’ persecution of Christians

Pope reveals he carries small cross held by Iraqi priest as he was martyred

Pope Francis addressed the World Meeting for Young Consecrated Men and Women yesterday Pope Francis has revealed that he keeps a small cross held by an Iraqi priest who was being beheaded for refusing to renounce his faith. The Pope began his general audience yesterday by referring to “our martyrs in Iraq and Syria, our… Continue reading Pope reveals he carries small cross held by Iraqi priest as he was martyred