The School of Theological Studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary presents a lecture Monday night on the Catholic Church in the Middle East and the historical challenges it has faced.
Mar Bawai Soro, a Chaldean Catholic Bishop, will speak Monday, Oct. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. on “The Nestorian Heresy and Islam: Two Trials Confronting the Assyro-Chaldean Church.” Continue reading
Law banning the sale, import and production of liquor will most affect Christians and others who drink alcohol
An Iraqi man walks past a locked liquor store in Baghdad on Oct. 23, 2016, a day after parliament voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol. Photo: sabah arar/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Continue reading
Photo of Iraqi forces on the outskirts of Qaraqosh on Saturday.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – On the sixth day of the Mosul offensive, the Iraqi army is advancing on the largely Christian town of Qaraqosh, also known as Bakhdida, in the Hamdaniya district southeast of Mosul on one of three active frontlines on Saturday. Continue reading
FILE — In this Sept. 11, 2007, file photo, a man looks at bottles of alcohol on sale in liquor store in Baghdad, Iraq. Iraq’s parliament passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages. The bill passed late Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, imposes a fine of up to 25 million Iraqi dinars, or $21,000, for anyone violating the Continue reading
© James André, France 24 | Christian militia men return to reclaim their hometown of Bartella, Iraq
Video by James ANDRE , Jonathan WALSH , Amar Mohammed Sahib AL HAMEEDAWI
by FRANCE 24
FRANCE 24 brings you an exclusive report from the newly liberated Christian city of Continue reading
Intisar Mateh, second left, washes the dishes as her daughter, Farah Mateh, right, plays with her friends in a camp for displaced Christians in Irbil, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Iraqi refugees from areas near Mosul are eagerly following the offensive to drive the Islamic State group from the city and hope to return to their homes, but they also fear Continue reading
Church bells peal in town retaken by Iraqi troops from Islamic State
By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Stephen Kalin | QAYYARA, Iraq
Iraqi army troops on Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under Islamic State control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants’ last major city stronghold in Iraq. Continue reading
Local men pause as an oil field that was set on fire by retreating ISIS fighters ahead of the Mosul offensive burns behind him on Oct. 21, 2016 in Qayyarah, Iraq.
By Emad Matti and Adam Schreck, The Associated Press
KIRKUK, Iraq — Islamic State militants launched a wave of pre-dawn attacks in and Continue reading
QAYYARAH, Iraq: Iraqi army troops Saturday stormed into a Christian region that has been under ISIS control since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants’ last major city stronghold in Iraq.
The advance took place as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on a visit to Continue reading
Intisar Mateh, second left, washes the dishes as her daughter, Farah Mateh, right, plays with her friends in a camp for displaced Christians in Irbil, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. Iraqi refugees from areas near Mosul are eagerly following the offensive to drive the Islamic State group from the city and hope to return to their homes, but they also fear what they might find there. (AP Photo/Fay Abuelgasim) Continue reading
By Samuel Smith , CP Reporter
(Photo: REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic)
Iraqi special forces soldiers pose for a photograph in front of a Islamic States drawing inside a building located inside a church compound in Bartella, east of Mosul, Iraq October 21, 2016. Continue reading
Troops were combing the town for bombs left behind by militants [Getty]
With church bells ringing, Iraqi forces congratulated local Christians with the liberation of their town as troops searched for bombs left behind by militants in cars and houses. Continue reading
By World Watch Monitor, World Watch Monitor
Tens of thousands of Christians fled from Mosul and its surrounding towns and villages to Kurdistan when IS seized swathes of territory in summer 2014. Several thousand families have sought refuge in Jordan and Lebanon, while others have left the Middle East to start new lives in Western nations such as Canada, Australia and, in a small Continue reading
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, poses for a photo at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington Oct. 20. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
By Barb Fraze • Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The military operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Continue reading
Iraqi security forces have launched an assault on Mosul. Photo / AP / NZ Herald
The offensive to seize back Mosul from Islamic State is going faster than planned, Iraq’s prime minister says.
Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Thursday intensified their military operation to clear villages around the northern city. Continue reading
Five out of six Christians have been forced to flee Iraq since war broke out in 2003, according to the head of anti-persecution charity Open Doors UK.
(Reuters/Ari Jalal)Displaced people who fled Mosul are pictured at a refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq. Continue reading
By Gilgamesh Nabeel and Ammar Al Shamary
Priest Martin Banni with a group of displaced children from the Christian towns in Nineveh in Erbil. Banni spent much time playing with children, and telling them stories from the Bible. Photo courtesy of Martin Banni Continue reading
The patriarchate of the Chaldean Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—has issued a statement assuring the Iraqi army and its allies of prayers as they seek to liberate Mosul.
“We would like to greet proudly the Iraqi courageous army, the federal police, the Continue reading
by Matthew Cancian
The central government has never done anything for us; we want to be part of Kurdistan.
The statement was jarring not for its content, but for its speaker: a Sunni Arab sheikh in the Mosul Dam region of Iraq. Visiting his home just one kilometer behind the front line between ISIL and the Kurdish Peshmerga, the sheikh from the Jabouri tribe told me Continue reading
© Bulent Kilic, AFP | Coalition forces are attempting to break through the IS group’s defensive lines outside the city of Mosul
Text by FRANCE 24
Suspected Islamic State (IS) group militants attacked several buildings and a power station in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk in the early hours of Friday, killing dozens, including an Iraqi journalist, officials said. Continue reading