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Iraq bishops meeting to discuss nation’s crisis

Iraq attack

CATHOLIC bishops from Iraq are meeting this week to come up with a “rescue plan” amid growing fears that the ISIL Islamist attacks have put Christianity at increased risk of being extinguished from the country. The meeting of the Chaldean hierarchy, which starts on June 24, comes after the military success of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) ... Read More »

Bishop and Pax Christi USA call for diplomacy to resolve Iraq crisis

Iraq conflict

SAYING the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the US bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country. In a letter to US national security advisor Susan Rice, Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, called upon the ... Read More »

Pope to visit Albania

POPE Francis has announced he will visit Albania in September, and has implored faithful worldwide to pray for those suffering in Iraq. Following the midday Angelus prayer on June 15, the Pontiff announced that on September 21, he will visit the Albanian city of Tirana. “With this brief trip I wish to confirm in the faith the Church in Albania, ... Read More »

Christians from Mosul say they have been targetted for months

Iraqi refugee

THE fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targetted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub. “We, Christians, have been objects of kidnapping, torture and killing by extremists hoping to extort money from us ... Read More »

Christians among 500,000 fleeing Mosul after Islamist forces seize city

Iraq crisis

CHURCH leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said. Christians began fleeing early on June 9, Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul told Catholic News Service in an email. “The soldiers ... Read More »

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