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Iraqi Christians eye new year with hope and trepidation

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“So many Christians are leaving Iraq because of the uncertainty of the situation and the loss of confidence in the future. The roots and seeds of Christianity are in the East. Our prayers and our hope are that they will be watered and nurtured.”

7000 rosaries for the children of Iraq’s Nineveh Plains—a gift to Mary!

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“The kids were excited when they came to pick up their rosary. Then they all, about 90, gathered on the altar to pray a decade.”

Christian home in Iraq is fire-bombed

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“We wonder, who cares about us and our suffering, as we are citizens among the people of this country.”

Iraq: Ankawa, home of the Christians, comes of age

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“The decision to make Ankawa a separate district will, we hope, be an important step forwardfor the future of Christianity in Iraq.”

Iraq’s Islamist extremists are emboldened by Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

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“It is definitely true that the mentality of ISIS still exists in Iraq and Syria among certain parts of the population.”

Sister Clara’s dream for the future of children in Iraq comes true

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“Our goal was to offer young people a place of reconciliation and healing after being displaced by ISIS and living for so many years as refugees.”

Young Iraqis are starting new lives in their homeland

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“Our life is not without risk, but life won’t stop, risk or no risk. We have to keep going.”

The Holy Family Nursery brings joy, hope to Christian community in Iraq

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“The nursery is vital to the children … they can develop by interacting together and working together with one another.”

Papal visit to Iraq’s largest Catholic town boosts hopes that Christians will return

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“For Christians here, as well as those living as refugees in Europe and America, this visit gives them hope. With the Pope’s visit, we feel that we are not alone. We feel that we are safe because someone cares about us.”

Papal visit to Iraq: ‘Hopefully this will motivate the international community to help’

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“Thousands lined the streets to see the Pope as he drove past. Religious sisters were literally dancing on the rooftops. These were people who had come back after being forced to leave their homes because of ISIS. What the Pope saw here were truly the living stones of the Church in Iraq.”

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