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The Christians of Iraq ‘may again face martyrdom’

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“Then there is the ongoing presence of Iran-backed militias that pose a danger to the future of the minorities, and Christian militias cannot turn the tide.”

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Iraq: a beacon of hope for Christians of Qaraqosh on the Nineveh Plains

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“The church is the fruit of the work and contributions of people’s fathers and grandfathers. Every Christian here feels that the church is part of their blood, their history and their heritage.”

Aleteia: ACNUSA Director of Outreach on report on status of Christians in northern Iraq

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Numbering about 1 million in the days before the first Gulf War, the [Christian] community has since been decimated by war, economic turmoil and jihadism.

Iraq’s Christians remain at risk of eradication—lack of security forces emigration

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“The international community must take immediate and decisive action to tackle the problems which are threatening the continuing Christian presence in Iraq.”

‘Please stay at home’—Iraqi Patriarch in urgent appeal as COVID-19 cases top 5,000

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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako said the country’s medical services, still shattered after the 2003 collapse of the Saddam Hussein regime, are already in crisis, with coronavirus cases topping 5,000.

In northern Iraq, hope that the pandemic will boost spirit of love

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“[Christ] managed to resurrect the dead and heal all kinds of disease. Our belief in him is great. He can end our crisis. And perhaps these difficult circumstances will reconcile us with God.”

Iraq: Christians desire ‘a real and profound change of the political system’

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“Personally, I am optimistic regarding the future of the Christians on the Nineveh Plains and in Iraq. Through education and cultural dialogue, we can overcome obscurantism and violence.”

Education and dialogue hold key to Christians staying in Iraq

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In addition to having lost their faith in the future, in the authorities and in a number of their Muslim neighbors—who had initially welcomed ISIS with open arms— Christians are now facing a very precarious economic situation.

In northern Iraq, ravaged Christian village comes back to life

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“Even if the situation is not very clear, we see the importance of a sign of hope. ACN is determined to help the Christians to stay. Our task is to stand by the people who would like to come back.”

Young Iraqi Christian eyes future with mixture of hope and dread

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“There is no justice or equality for Christians here; unemployment rates are high here, too. And the ISIS occupation has left a legacy of distrust between Christians and Muslims in the region.”

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Devastation in beirut

“Beirut is a devastated city. It’s a war scene – there is destruction and desolation in all its streets, its districts and its houses.”
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai.

The destruction caused by the 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which exploded inside a warehouse was immediate, its impact intensely felt by the Christian quarter.
For a country hit by civil unrest, economic collapse, COVID and now disaster, how much more can our faithful endure? Please give today.