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Iraqi Christians

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 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...

In Defense of Christians

James Zogby | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

We have every reason to be concerned with the fate of the Christian communities of the Arab World. What is at stake is not just the survival of these important minorities; it is the future of the region, itself. Violent extremist groups like ISIS and their kin, pose an existential challenge not only to Christians, but to all Arabs and Muslims.

Pope Francis To Iraqi Christians: You Are The Heart Of The Church

AP | Posted 09.03.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sought to encourage Iraq's beleaguered Christians under threat from Islamic militants, saying they are the "hea...

Fleeing Quarakosh: The Last Christians in Iraq

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

There is little comfort for the displaced people of Qarakosh who see the most recent attacks as perhaps the final act in their expulsion from Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have left the country in the last two decades. Estimates of the remaining total number of Iraqi Christians are as low as 200,000.

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...

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.

What Can Christians Do About Iraq?

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I asked Jeremy Courtney for his opinion on what Christians might be able to do to help Christians on the ground in Iraq, and his answer surprised me and might surprise Christians and non-Christians alike.

Haunting Photos Of Iraqi Minorities On The Run From The Islamic State

The Huffington Post | Michael Maisel | Posted 08.07.2014 | World

As Islamic State fighters extended their offensive into northern Iraq on Thursday, members of Iraq's minority communities fled in search of refuge. Th...

From Spain to Syria: A Modern Inquisition

Sam Maron | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion
Sam Maron

ISIS is now forcing the approximately 3,000 Christians remaining in Mosul, a major city with thousands of years of Christian history, to choose between essentially the same options given to Jews in 1492: live under intolerable, impoverishing dhimmi status; convert to Islam; leave; or die.

France Welcomes Iraqi Christians Seeking Asylum

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Monday it was ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by the al Qaeda offshoot group now ru...

Convert, Pay Tax, Or Die, Islamic State Warns Christians

Reuters | Dominic Evans and Isra' al-Rube'i | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious...

Ramadan Amid the New Middle East Crisis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Peacemaking is among the good deeds incumbent on Muslims during the holy month of fasting and prayer. Distribution of charity and food, customary at Ramadan, is needed especially by people displaced by conflict. How, then, will Ramadan be celebrated in the countries worst affected by the latest Middle East crisis?

Sophia Jones

'I Would Stay Even If They Threatened To Kill Me'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

BARTELLA, Iraq -- Across the street from a Christian church in this quiet northern Iraqi town, Mounir Behram sits down for lunch with his family. He w...

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, ...

Lebanon Ready to Collapse

Allan Topol | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.

'War Begets War, Violence Begets Violence'

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Let's not lose sight of the grotesque reality of chemical weapons. But what about military intervention? Can we make things better? War is evil. Assad is evil. But what is the likelihood of some targeted cruise missile strikes actually improving things? In the words of the philosophers, what is the reasonable likelihood of success?

Iraq's Endangered Christians

Lela Gilbert | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Lela Gilbert

Those who closely watch the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East express deep fears about the terrible risks Christian minorities face.

The Halloween Horror: One Year Since Baghdad Cathedral Attack

Pierre Whalon | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

One year ago, at least five men penetrated the light security in front of Baghdad's largest church and, over two hours, murdered 46 men, women and children, wounding 60 others.

How Quickly We Forget

Pierre Whalon | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Pierre Whalon

On Monday last, I went to Charles de Gaulle airport with members of the AEMO to meet family members of people wounded in the October 31 attack on the Baghdad Cathedral.

How To Save The Christians Of The Middle East

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

It is less and less disputable that we are in the presence of what can actually and accurately be termed mass persecution. Hard to imagine, since we are dealing with a religion that has long been dominant.

U.S. Deserves Its Share of Blame for Fate of Arab Christians

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Stephen Zunes

Whenever you read the sanctimonious articles regarding the plight of Arab Christians, rather than simply bemoan the intolerance of Islamic extremists, let's remember the role of Washington in supporting repressive regimes.

Christians In Iraq Flee North Before Christmas

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

IRBIL, Iraq — They saw their brethren murdered during Mass and then were bombed in their homes as they mourned. Al-Qaida vowed to hunt them down...