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11 09, 2017

Celebrations mark the return of Iraqi Christians to Nineveh

2017-09-11T04:00:51+00:00September 11th, 2017|

By John Pontifex in Iraq ABOUT 500 Christian families from Iraq celebrated their long-awaited homecoming to the Nineveh Plains with ceremonies on Sunday, 10th September marking a fresh start in their old towns and villages. In Qaraqosh (Baghdeda), the largest of Nineveh’s Christian towns, priests and people holding olive branches [...]

6 09, 2017

ACN updates Pope Francis personally about NRC efforts

2017-09-06T11:19:29+00:00September 6th, 2017|

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) updated His Holiness Pope Francis personally about the charity’s ongoing reconstruction efforts for the Christians seeking to return to their homes in the Nineveh Plains, Iraq. During a private audience granted to the International Catholic Legislators Network (ICLN) on 27 August 2017, ACN's [...]

24 08, 2017

Up to 15,000 more Christians returning home this month

2017-08-24T12:52:13+00:00August 24th, 2017|

Within just one month up to 15,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are expected to return to the town in the ancient Nineveh Plains which suffered the worst violence carried out by Daesh (ISIS). The return of an expected 3,000 families to Qaraqosh comes amid growing concern among parents to secure places [...]

1 08, 2017

Bartella is coming to life again after IS the first Christians are returning home

2017-08-01T14:57:43+00:00August 1st, 2017|

Aid to the Church in Need and the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee have finished restoring the first 17 houses in the Christian village on the Nineveh Plain. The families who have returned home are saying, “Our life, our history is here. This is where we want to live.”   Erbil (Iraq), [...]

31 07, 2017

“Although the city of Mosul has been liberated militarily, there is still another battle ahead”

2017-07-31T11:01:43+00:00July 31st, 2017|

Archbishop Amel Nona was the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul when ISIS invaded the city in 2014 forcing the Christian communities to flee. The archbishop found shelter together with his flock in Telkef and in other Christian villages on the Nineveh Plains. This refuge was short-lived: during the night of [...]

24 07, 2017

Iraq: Eye witness report of Monsignor Petros Mouche, Archbishop of Mosul

2017-07-24T10:15:54+00:00July 24th, 2017|

Iraq: Eye witness report of Monsignor Petros Mouche, Archbishop of Mosul Now that Mosul has been liberated, will the Christians be able to return to their homes soon? According to Msgr. Petros Mouche, Syriac Catholic archbishop of the second largest city in Iraq, it is too early for this, but [...]

19 06, 2017

U.S. passes bill aiding Christians and Yazidis victims of genocide

2017-06-19T04:08:17+00:00June 19th, 2017|

“In response to the ISIS genocide against Christians, Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minorities, the House of Representatives unanimously passed (6th June) the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act to concretely help them in Iraq and Syria,” the rapporteur Rep. Chris Smith says. Among other [...]

17 06, 2017

146 Christian families return to Qaraqosh

2017-06-17T04:03:02+00:00June 17th, 2017|

Fr. Majeed: «I am really happy when I bless their new houses» In the last weeks 146 Christian families, that had been living in Ankawa (Erbil) as "displaced people", returned home, to Qaraqosh. They left their city three years ago because of the Islamic State, who attacked the Nineveh Plains [...]

13 06, 2017

Fr. Andrzej Halemba Presents the Work of NRC to His Holiness Pope Francis

2017-06-13T06:54:16+00:00June 13th, 2017|

Father Andrzej Halemba, of ACN, the Acting Chairman of Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC), presents the the Committee to His Holiness Pope Francis asking for his blessing of its work and workers.

10 06, 2017

«We Want to Rebuild our Convent and Return Home»

2017-06-13T12:08:22+00:00June 10th, 2017|

On the plains of Nineveh, in Iraq, there are 363 church buildings or other Church properties that were damaged or destroyed by Islamic State and now need to be rebuilt. Dominican Sisters Luma Khuder and Nazek Matty, are now both saying, “We hope to be able to return [...]