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On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, hopes run high for papal visit

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“There are many problems weighing on us. But when the Pope comes to visit us, he will give us new hope and confidence and some relief from this burden.”

Archbishop Warda

Pope’s visit to Iraq will offer local Church a lifeline

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“The visit will not just be important for the Christians, but for all the minorities of Iraq, including the Yazidis with whom we have shared so much pain in these last years.”

Archbishop Semaan says Mass in Qaraqosh

Iraqi Church welcomes 2021 papal visit

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“The Pope’s decision to visit is a sign of the Holy Spirit at work.”

Archbishop Michaeel

Iraqi rescuer of centuries-old books from ISIS destruction is nominated for EU award

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“It’s very important to us to save our heritage and keep it safe for future generations.”

Khalis Ayshoa

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.”

Interior of Al-Tahira

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.”

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