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Pope blesses Marian icon in support of campaign to console Christians in Syria


At Mass and during processions, the faithful’s prayers went out to those who were killed or abducted during the war and to their families. Some 2000 Christian families in Syria have lost one or more loved ones during the conflict and 800 families had a family member abducted.

National Review: ACN Director of Outreach reflects on future of Christianity in Iraq


One of Iraq’s most prominent Christian leaders has deeper concerns. On the fifth anniversary of the ISIS invasion of northern Iraq, Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Catholic archdiocese of Erbil, Kurdistan, stresses that “Christianity in Iraq is perilously close to extinction.”

Iraqi Christians fear appointment of Islamic judges to country’s highest court


IN A COUNTRY where Christians have been subject to targeted bombings, kidnapping, and discrimination, Church leaders are grappling with a new crisis: an attempt to …

In Aleppo, Syria, a teenager drew on his faith to make it through darkest days of the civil war


PITER ESSA, 17, just graduated from High School in Aleppo, Syria. Piter, who is Syriac-Orthodox, tells Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about some …

Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries, gifts to console Syrian families—ACN sponsors initiative


niON THE FEAST of the Assumption, August 15, Pope Francis, during the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square, blessed 6,000 rosaries destined for Syria. They …

Five years after the ISIS invasion of the Nineveh Plains, the end of Christianity in Iraq?


“We Christians are a people of hope. But facing the end also brings us clarity, and with it the courage to finally speak the truth. Our hope to remain in our ancient homeland now rests on our own ability, and the ability of our oppressors and of the world at large, to acknowledge the truth. Violence and discrimination targeting the innocents must end. Those who teach it must stop.”

Father Duraid Barber

On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, a priest calls his flock to be courageous and stand up for their faith


FATHER DURAID Barber is a priest of the Syriac-Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan. Born and raised in Qaraqosh, a Christian town on the …

Family of kidnapped Christian in Egypt: ‘We fear torture and savage death’


” … Militants clad in khaki stopped the vehicle. When they discovered that Uncle Adeeb was a Christian, they asked him to get out. Our biggest fear is that they may abuse, torture, and kill him, just as savagely as they have other Copts.”

Church in Syria suffers ‘bleeding wound’ of emigration


“We have to strengthen the faith of the people, anchor them in this country, and encourage them to be witnesses of Christ, to be the salt of the earth and light of the world: we cannot allow our presence here to become insignificant.”

Iraqi prelate waits, longs for better times for his Church and his people


“However, we still lack the funds to complete the reconstruction of all the homes that were very badly damaged or completely destroyed; we are waiting and hoping that governments, like those of the United Kingdom and Hungary, will step in and help us on this front.”

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