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Celebrating Christmas In Iraq Under The Shadow Of ISIS

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.24.2014 | Religion

In a Christian refugee camp in northern Iraq, a special tent stands out as a reminder of those keeping the faith alive in the midst of persecution. ...

Displaced Christians In Iraq Prepare For Christmas

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

Iraq's Christians and other religious minorities had a horrific year as the Islamic State swept through the country with its reign of terror. One bish...

French Catholics Remind Iraq's Christians That The World Hasn't Forgotten Their Pain

Crux | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion

ERBIL, IRAQ — Each December 8 in Lyon, France, up to three million people flood the streets as houses display candles in the windows to mark the fea...

Iraqi Christians Take Up Arms To Protect Their Village

AP | BRAM JANSSEN | Posted 11.13.2014 | Religion

BAKUFA, Iraq (AP) — The flag of an Iraqi Christian minority party is hoisted high over the village of Bakufa in northern Iraq, less than a month aft...

Iraqi Christians Ponder Their Future

Religion News Service | Cathy Otten | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion

ALQOSH, Iraq (RNS) Basima al-Safar retouches a picture of Jesus on an easel outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of M...

Iraqi Catholic Couple Attending Pope Francis' Synod Describe Havoc Wreaked By ISIS

Time | Elizabeth Dias | Posted 10.10.2014 | Religion

Baghdad has been home to Riyadh Azzu and Sanaa Habeeb for their entire lives. It is where they first met at church in 1969, married in 1976, developed...

How One Christian Group Is Supporting Brethren In Iraq

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Watching ancient Christian communities stand nearly defenseless as Islamic militants roll across swaths of the Middle East, coalitions of Christ...

Christian Conservatives Ponder A ‘Babylonian Exile' To Save Their Faith

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” throu...

Christians Need More Than An Escape From Iraq: Catholic Relief Official

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Kris Ozar, 37, is in charge of programming for Catholic Relief Services in Egypt and is now in northern Iraq coordinating the charity’s emerge...

Pope Francis' Iraq Peace Message Meets The Reality Of War

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna & David Gibson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As he dispatches a top aide to war-torn Iraq this week, Pope Francis made his most impassioned plea yet for the world to halt the ...

Six Steps the World Must Take Now to Stop the Horror of ISIS

Adel Guindy | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Adel Guindy

The international community is failing to recognize that ISIS is an international -- not just Iraqi -- problem, as a hotbed of terrorism makes roots in such a vital area.

'Christianity Is Finished In Iraq,' Says Priest From Nineveh

Catholic News Agency | Elise Harris | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion

Rome, Italy, Aug 8, 2014 / 04:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of...

Pope Sends Personal Envoy To Iraq

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis is dispatching Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy to northern Iraq, where Islamist militias have sent thou...

The Final Solution Of The Christian Arab Question In The Middle East

Sheldon Filger | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Sheldon Filger

A horrific fate awaits the Christians in the Arab world, particularly in Iraq and Syria. Yet, the world is silent. The progressive left wing has its own ideological agenda, to which the Christians of the Middle East are irrelevant.

Islamic State Militants Seize Largest Iraqi Christian Village

AP | Posted 08.07.2014 | Religion

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi militants from the Islamic State group overran a cluster of predominantly Christian villages alongside the country's semi-auton...

Pope Francis Urges Protection For Iraqi Christians As Exodus Continues

AP | Posted 08.07.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is calling for world governments to take measures to protect Christians driven from their villages in northern Iraq a...

Thousands Flee Iraq's Largest Christian Town

Reuters | Isabel Coles | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Islamist militants surged across northern Iraq towards the capital of the Kurdish region on Thursday...

Iraq's Christians Threatened With Death But 'Vicar Of Baghdad' Stands Strong

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion

Iraq's Christians have perhaps suffered more than any other group since the Islamic State formerly known as ISIS rose to power, but Christianity is in...

Islamic State's Persecution Of Christians Is A 'Crime Against Humanity'

USA Today | Kirsten Powers | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Iraq’s Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening? Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in ear...

Islamic State Takes Over 4th Century Monastery

Religion News Service | Cathy Otten | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion

ERBIL, Iraq (RNS) A day after most of Mosul’s Christians fled, Islamic State fighters stormed the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery near the city....

#WeAreN Hashtag Stands In Solidarity With Iraqi Christians Under Attack

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

Christians have come under attack in Iraq where Islamic State militants recently launched a violent takeover. In one statement insurgents declared tha...

Iraqi Christians Flee Homes In Brutal Conflict

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion

ALQOSH, Iraq (AP) — Over the past decade, Iraqi Christians have fled repeatedly to this ancient mountainside village, seeking refuge from violence, ...

Iraq Cancels Christmas Festivities After Threats

AP | YAHYA BARZANJI and SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KIRKUK, Iraq — No decorations, no midnight Mass. Even an appearance by Santa Claus has been nixed after Iraq's Christian leaders called off Chri...

Iraq: Attacks On Christians Spurs Iraq To Beef Up Security

AP | QASSIM ADBUL-ZAHRA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials tightened security around churches in Baghdad and in two mostly Christian towns on Monday and braced for possible viol...

Iraqi Refugees Still Too Scared to Return Home

Deborah Amos | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Deborah Amos

U.S. military officials and the Iraqi government claim the country is becoming a less dangerous place. For most Iraqi refugees, those assessments don't count for much. They listen to reports from the ground.