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Pope asks for international action to help Iraq’s persecuted Christians

Pope Francis

POPE Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for tens of thousands of Christians from villages in north-eastern Iraq who were forced from their homes in the middle of the night on August 7 by Islamic State militants. The Pope also made a “pressing appeal to the international community to take initiatives to put an end to the humanitarian ... Read More »

Brisbane parish launches prayer campaign for peace in Iraq

Peace Prayer Vigil

BRISBANE Catholic families, “scared and terrified” for their relatives in Iraq, have taken heart from a prayer campaign launched last weekend (August 3). “It’s nice to know people are thinking of us,” Dina Nona said at the St Joseph and St Anthony Church, Bracken Ridge, in Brisbane, after an ecumenical prayer vigil for peace in Iraq and other troubled spots ... Read More »

Leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community asks people to join prayer day

Archbishop Louis R. Sako

THE leader of Iraq’s largest Christian community has joined with an international Catholic charity, calling for a global day of prayer for peace in Iraq today, August 6, the feast of the Transfiguration. The Transfiguration is one of the 12 great feasts of the Eastern Church – which is why it has been selected by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael ... Read More »

Chaldean bishop says Iraqis returning home, despite tough conditions

Iraqi child

THOUSANDS of Iraqi Christians who fled recent shelling by extremist militants and sought refuge in the neighbouring autonomous Kurdistan region are now returning home, said a Catholic archbishop responsible for their care. Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Matte Warda told Catholic News Service about “90 per cent of the families are returning to the villages of Qaraqosh and Karamlish and environs ... Read More »

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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