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6 08, 2019

The final struggle: What remains of Christianity in Iraq five years after the ISIS invasion?

2019-08-06T10:33:52+00:00August 6th, 2019|

On August 6, 2014, IS units razed and conquered the Christian settlements of the Nineveh Plain, north of Mosul. Some 120,000 Christians had to flee overnight. Many of them found refuge around the Kurdish city of Erbil. For the following three years, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil, Mgr. Bashar [...]

18 07, 2019

A new Catholic hospital and university bring hope to an embattled Christian community

2019-07-18T02:00:24+00:00July 18th, 2019|

In Kurdistan, Iraq, a new Catholic hospital and university bring hope to an embattled Christian community by Ragheb Elias Karash CHALDEAN ARCHBISHOP Bashar Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan has been the prime mover behind the establishment of two major new Christian institutions in the region. In 2016, the Catholic University in [...]

10 07, 2019

Two years after the liberation of Mosul, many Christians still fear to return

2019-07-27T07:45:57+00:00July 10th, 2019|

Exactly 2 years ago, on 10 July 2017 the Iraqi government declared the defeat of Daesh (ISIS). The liberation of Mosul took place three years after the city had been subjected to strict sharia law, including forced conversions, mass executions and a resurgence of slavery. When the city was liberated, [...]

25 06, 2019

Sowing hope for more Christian families in Iraq

2019-07-03T07:51:07+00:00June 25th, 2019|

by Xavier Bisits & Iban de la Sota As part of its reconstruction efforts in the Nineveh Plains, Iraq, the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has begun work to restore the homes of 41 Christian families in the town of Bartella. Approximately 220 additional people will benefit [...]

1 04, 2019

Iraq longs for better times for his Church and his people

2019-04-01T19:06:21+00:00April 1st, 2019|

Interview with Archbishop Petros Mouche (Iraq) by Ragheb Elias Karash Archbishop Petros Mouche heads the Syriac-Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which was captured by ISIS in the summer of 2014. Today, with ISIS ousted from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, Christian communities are slowly coming back to life. Thousands [...]

27 02, 2019

ACN to “convert” the Lamborghini donated by the Pope into a nursery school and a centre

2019-02-27T09:58:54+00:00February 27th, 2019|

ACN to “convert” the Lamborghini donated by the Pope into a nursery school and a centre for Christians in the Nineveh region Thanks to a donation of 200,000 Euros from the Holy Father, following the auctioning of the Lamborghini that was given to him last year, ACN will be able [...]

15 12, 2018

Bishops and Members of NRC Sign “Call for Action”

2018-12-16T10:21:31+00:00December 15th, 2018|

Call for Action of the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee upon the national governments and other entities in favor of the return of the Christians of all Churches and rites to their homelands in IraqErbil, 12.12.2018IN THE NINEVEH PLAINS, the voice and role of the local Church leaders is stronger than in [...]

28 09, 2018

“A positive result of the elections in Kurdistan can persuade many other Christians to stay in Iraq”

2018-10-16T05:55:15+00:00September 28th, 2018|

On the vigil of the vote in the Autonomous Region, Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, speaks to ACN about hope, future and expectations of Christians in Iraq by Daniele Piccini «From this election we expect a positive political change», says Cardinal Louis Raphaël I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of [...]

6 08, 2018

“An international peace-keeping force should be stationed on the Nineveh Plains”

2018-08-06T08:52:40+00:00August 6th, 2018|

Four years after IS advanced: Iraqi bishops still worried about the future of their faithful Four years after the "Islamic State" (IS) advanced into the Christian villages on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq the Syriac-Orthodox Archbishop Timotheus Musa Al Shamani is worried about the lack of security. "Without security [...]