NRC News

5 03, 2020

Batnaya is back – ACN to help rebuild flattened Christian village

2020-03-06T16:06:45+00:00March 5th, 2020|

A massive programme has just received the go ahead to help revive a Christian village in Iraq, which was almost completely razed to the ground after being seized by Daesh (ISIS). The plan for Batnaya devised by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will involve restoring the [...]

19 12, 2019

Christians could face total eradication from countries such as Iraq and Syria

2019-12-23T18:48:11+00:00December 19th, 2019|

Middle East Christians are at direct risk of a second genocide which threatens them with wipe-out from the lands of the Bible. Christians could face total eradication from countries such as Iraq and Syria, where they have existed since the time of Christ’s first apostles. Father Andrzej Halemba, head of [...]

11 12, 2019

Msgr Bashar Warda Address to the United Nations Security Council

2019-12-11T20:57:55+00:00December 11th, 2019|

An ACN partner, Msgr Bashar Warda, Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil in Iraq, gave an address to the United Nations security council on December 3rd.  Here is what he had to say to the international community. Address of Archbishop Bashar Warda, Kurdistan Region, Iraq To: UN Security Council, New York. December [...]

5 11, 2019

ACN looks to next phase of rebuilding war-torn Christian region in Iraq, ravaged by ISIS

2019-11-05T14:34:21+00:00November 5th, 2019|

It was only in March of this year that ISIS lost the final vestiges of its “caliphate” in Syria, and last week that Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the world’s most notorious terrorist, died in a shootout with American soldiers. Meanwhile, life in a Christian region to the north of Mosul, the [...]

29 10, 2019

Deadly protests in Iraq leave indigenous Christians between hope and fear

2019-10-29T18:16:48+00:00October 29th, 2019|

Although Iraqi Christians, concentrated in the north of the country, lie far from the epicentre of deadly protests in Baghdad, their fate may be tied to the outcome of what demonstrators are calling a “revolution” in Iraq. by  Xavier Bisits While protestors in Baghdad have emphasized interfaith unity, protests have [...]

19 10, 2019

Fr. Dr. Andrew Halemba Receives the “Pro Redemptione” Award

2019-10-21T15:51:31+00:00October 19th, 2019|

Fr. Dr. Andrzej Halemba from the Pontifical Foundation “Aid to the Church in Need” receives the “Pro Redemptione” Award Poland, 19 October 2019 Today, during a ceremony at the Major Seminary of the Redemptorist Congregation in Poland Fr. Andrew Halemba PhD, director of the Middle East section of the Pontifical [...]

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 [...]