from ONE

On the Road to Damascus
story and photographs by Spencer Osberg
(From ONE magazine November 2008)
Syria’s Iraqis strive to rebuild their lives

A Loving Embrace
by Diane Handal
(From ONE magazine March 2008)
Exiled from their homeland, Iraqis in Amman are not alone

Under Siege: Iraq’s Christians
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine July 2007)
With no end to the violence in sight, Christians are fleeing

Out of Place
by Sahar Aloul
(From ONE magazine September 2005)
For Fleeing Iraqis, Jordan has become a limbo

In the Shadow of War
text by Jill Carroll
photographs by Philip Toscano-Heighton
(From CNEWA WORLD January – February 2004)
Dominican sisters provide care and relief in Iraq

After the Storm
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2003)
Quietly, almost inconspicuously, CNEWA has served the needs of Iraqis burdened by oppression and isolation

Waiting for the Future
by Sahar Aloul
(From CNEWA WORLD March – April 2003)
Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics seek refuge from conflict in their homeland

Journey Through Iraq
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos: CNEWA Archives
(From Catholic Near East September 1993)
The editor’s interview with Msgr. Robert L. Stern.

An Iraqi “Catch 22”
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos by Dwight Cendrowski
(From Catholic Near East January 1991)
Christian Iraqis in America strive to maintain their Chaldean roots while embracing a new American culture.

A Nordic Refuge No More
text by Anna Jonasson with photographs by Magnus Aronson
(From ONE magazine May 2011)
Iraqi refugees in Sweden face an uncertain future

Iraq
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Land of Abraham of Ur of the Chaldeans

Refugees Helping Refugees
text and photographs by Marilyn Raschka
(From CNEWA WORLD May – June 2002)
A mighty handful of Byzantine Catholics brings joy to the lives of refugees in Greece.

Special Delivery in Baghdad
text by Dale Gavlak
photographs by Norbert Schiller
(From Catholic Near East March – April 2000)
Although hampered by international politics, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine provide reliable healthcare to Iraqi mothers and their children.

Forming a Few Good Men
text by Dale Gavlak
photos: St. Peter’s Seminary
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
In the face of many problems, Iraqi seminarians nevertheless pursue their vocations.

Between Iraq and a Hard Place
text and photographs by George Martin
(From Catholic Near East September – October 1997)
Although safely out of their war-weary country, Iraqi refugees in Jordan find that life is still a struggle.

Against All Odds: Preparing Iraq’s Priests
text and photos by Rev. William D. Corcoran
(From Catholic Near East January – February 1996)
Despite brutal, often dangerous surroundings, seminarians at the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchal Seminary of St. Peter in Baghdad are zealous in their calling.

Against All Odds: The Assyrian Church
by Brother David Carroll, F.S.C., Ph.D.
photos: courtesy, Assyrian Church of the East
(From Catholic Near East January 1992)
After centuries of persecution, the Assyrian Church of the East is putting down new roots in exile.

Sustaining Life: Iraqi Relief
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From Catholic Near East July 1992)
The Gulf War left thousands of Iraqi people hungry, homeless and desperate. How did CNEWA respond?

A New Genesis in Nineveh
by Namo Abdulla
(From ONE magazine November 2011)
Iraqi Christians find safety in the Kurdish-controlled north

The Garden of Eden Today
text and photos by Jamie Simson
(From Catholic Near East Magazine Fall 1984)
The region once known as Mesopotamia exists today as a melange of customs reflecting the time of Abraham as well as modern life.

profiles
by Michael J.L. La Civita
(From ONE magazine March 2005)
The Chaldean Church

from News

Bomb Explodes Outside Baghdad Church on Easter
Catholic News Service (26 April 2011)
A bomb exploded outside Sacred Heart Church in Baghdad April 24 after the Easter Masses had finished and parishioners had gone home.

Iraqi Christians Want Peace and Jobs
Catholic News Service (14 October 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Iraqis want a return to peace, security and stability and the chance to secure meaningful employment, said two U.S. bishops who traveled to Baghdad in a demonstration of the American Catholic Church’s solidarity with the country’s violence-weary Christians.

Syriac Church in Baghdad Commemorates 2010 Massacre
Catholic News Service (4 November 2011)
BAGHDAD (CNS) — In a somber Mass commemorating the 2010 massacre at the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance, Catholic leaders urged their faithful to have hope for the resurrection of Iraq.

Bishops Urge Catholics to Help Iraqis
Catholic News Service (16 November 2011)
BALTIMORE (CNS) — The nation and American Catholics both can help keep Iraq from sliding into chaos once U.S. troops leave the country at the end of the year, said two U.S. bishops who visited Iraq for four days in October.

Time to Give Iraq a Chance to ‘Function Independently’
Catholic News Service (9 December 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Over the past nine years in Iraq, the sacrifice of the U.S. military “and our nation as a whole has been tremendous,” Army chaplain Father Joel Panzer said, and soldiers in general feel “it’s time for us to leave” to give the nation the impetus “to function independently.”

Iraqi Christians Celebrate Christmas in Canada
Catholic News Service (16 December 2011)
EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — Iraqi Ziyad Matti and his wife, Dalia Hikmat, have not had a proper Christmas in years.

Midnight Masses in Iraq Cancelled
Catholic News Service (22 December 2011)
LONDON (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic officials have canceled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks.

Bishop From Iraq Pleads for Support
Catholic News Service (15 June 2012)
ATLANTA (CNS) — Making an impassioned plea on behalf of Iraq’s dwindling Christian population, Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad called upon the U.S. bishops to press the Obama administration to take steps to protect religious rights in the Middle Eastern country.

Syrian Refugees Flood Neighboring Countries
Catholic News Service (24 August 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — While media images of the Syrian civil war are mainly those of men with guns, workers from Catholic Relief Services have seen “predominantly women and children, fleeing,” said a communications officer who recently returned from the Middle East.

Middle East Religious Leaders Meet in Rome
Catholic News Service (26 September 2012)
ROME (CNS) — Western nations need to respect the people of the Middle East and trust them to solve their own problems, said an Iraqi diplomat, an Iraqi archbishop and a Syrian-born representative of the Melkite Catholic Church.

Chaldean Patriarch Warns Surge in Violence May Divide Iraq
Catholic News Service (21 May 2013)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Baghdad denounced a recent series of car bombings and shootings in Iraqi cities that left at least 54 people dead and dozens more injured.

Chaldean Patriarch Says Extremism Threatens Christians and Muslims
Catholic News Service (16 December 2013)
ROME (CNS) — “Extremist political Islam is growing in the Middle East,” prompting Christians to flee and causing death and upheaval among Christians and moderate Muslims alike, said the head of the Chaldean Church.

Iraqis in Jordan Go to the Polls, Hoping for Stability at Home
Catholic News Service (29 April 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A steady stream of Iraqi refugees, smiling and displaying purple index fingers, emerged from a polling station in the Hashemi Shamali district, where the majority of these urban refugees live in the Jordanian capital.

Christians Among 500,000 Fleeing Mosul After Islamist Forces Seize City
Catholic News Service (12 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Church leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said.

Christians From Mosul Say They Have Been Targeted for Months
Catholic News Service (16 June 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) —The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targeted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub.

Syriac Patriarch Says Middle East Christians Feel Abandoned by West
Catholic News Service (19 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III said Christians in the Middle East feel “abandoned, even betrayed” by the West as a militant Islamic force occupied large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Bishop Pates, Pax Christi U.S.A. Call for Diplomacy to Resolve Iraq Crisis
Catholic News Service (24 June 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.

Chaldean Bishops Appeal for Dialogue to Keep Iraq From Civil War
Catholic News Service (30 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic bishops, meeting for their annual synod in Irbil, Iraq, appealed for “courageous dialogue” to pull the embattled country out “from a dark tunnel” and expressed their fear that a civil war could erupt, breaking apart the country.

Chaldean Bishop Says Iraqis Returning Home, Despite Conditions
Catholic News Service (1 July 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Thousands of Iraqi Christians who fled recent shelling by extremist militants and sought refuge in the neighboring autonomous Kurdistan region are now returning home, said a Catholic archbishop responsible for their care.

Iraqi Patriarch: Situation Perhaps ‘Darkest and Most Difficult Period’
Catholic News Service (8 July 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad called the current situation in his country “perhaps the darkest and most difficult period in [the church’s] recent history.”

Iraqi Nuns, Orphans Kidnapped in June Released Safely
Catholic News Service (16 July 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Two Iraqi nuns and three orphans kidnapped in late June have been released safely, according to the Christian rights group Middle East Concern.

Iraqi-Born Bishop Advocates for his Homeland’s Yazidi Minority
Catholic News Service (18 July 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Iraqi-American Catholic leaders, who have persistently advocated for the embattled Christian minority in Iraq, are now going to bat for a smaller ethnic group that likewise traces its origins to the troubled region.

Pope Calls for Prayers as Militants Chase All Christians out of Mosul
Catholic News Service (22 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city, Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace.

Mosul Bishop Calls Expulsion of Christians a ‘Crime Against Humanity’
Catholic News Service (23 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is “a crime against humanity,” said an archbishop from Mosul.

Patriarch Decries ‘Mass Cleansing’ of Mosul by ‘a Bed of Criminals’
Catholic News Service (25 July 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III, in Washington to meet with federal government representatives and members of Congress, decried the “mass cleansing” of Christians from Mosul, Iraq, by what he called “a bed of criminals.”

Agency Seeks Donations for Emergency Aid for Fleeing Iraqi Christians
Catholic News Service (29 July 2014)
NEW YORK (CNS) — A U.S.-based international Catholic agency on 28 July issued a plea for emergency funds to help tens of thousands of Christians forced to flee their homes in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Anglican Canon: With Focus on Gaza, Islamists Can Kill at Will in Iraq
Catholic News Service (1 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — With the world’s attention focused on Gaza’s increasingly desperate situation, some in Iraq feel that brutal Islamist militants can do whatever they want and literally get away with murder.

U.S. Chaldeans Decry ‘Genocide’ of Iraqi Christians, Rally for Aid
Catholic News Service (4 August 2014)
DETROIT (CNS) — Shouting slogans such as “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians need you!” and “Stop the violence in Iraq!” about 150 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Detroit on 1 August to call awareness to the violent persecution of Christians in their native land.

Amid Iraqi Suffering, Chaldean Catholics Urged to Keep Focus on Jesus
Catholic News Service (6 August 2014)
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (CNS) — Standing in the sanctuary of Mother of God Chaldean Cathedral, flanked by an empty cross and two ominous red symbols, Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat led more than 1,000 people on 1 August in an earnest prayer for peace and a plea for help.

Pope Asks for International Action to Help Iraq’s Persecuted Christians
Catholic News Service (8 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for tens of thousands of Christians from villages in northeastern Iraq who were forced from their homes in the middle of the night by Islamic State militants.

Pope to Send Envoy to Displaced Christians in Iraq
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Given the “grave situation in Iraq,” Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet church and government officials, but especially to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State.

U.S. Bishops, Parishes Asked to Offer Special Prayer for Peace in Iraq
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international policy committee has asked the nation’s Catholic bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on 17 August.

Pope’s Appeal for Peace in Iraq: ‘Stop These Crimes’
Catholic News Service (12 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the actions of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying that persecuting Christians and other minorities “seriously offends God and seriously offends humanity.”

Catholic Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon Recall Horror of Militant Attacks
Catholic News Service (12 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears.

Iraqi Christians Beginning to Die in Hot, Crowded Camps, Witnesses Say
Catholic News Service (12 August 2014)
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses claimed.

Iraqi Minorities Need More Than Material Aid, Cardinal Says
Catholic News Service (17 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The one thing Iraqi church leaders and aid workers, foreign charities and governments cannot do for the displaced and terrorized people of northeastern Iraq is answer their question, “What will become of us?” said Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the pope’s envoy to the region.

Western Leaders Press Governments to Increase Help to Iraqi Minorities
Catholic News Service (17 August 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Western leaders pressed their governments to increase humanitarian efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians and other minorities in northern Iraq.

“We Need Actions, Not Words” to Stop Militants, Says Chaldean Leader
Catholic News Service (18 August 2014)
PHOENIX (CNS) — As the heart-rending images of Christians and Yezidis fleeing for their lives continue to pour in from Iraq, the Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Iraqi Christians Arrive in Jordan With tearful Tales of Desperation
Catholic News Service (18 August 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — The first Iraqi Christians fleeing Islamic State militants reached the safety of Jordan, helped by King Abdullah II and Catholic aid groups.

U.S. Dominicans Praying, ‘Agonizing’ for Iraqi Dominicans, Villagers
Catholic News Service (19 August 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dominican Sister Attracta Kelly in Adrian, Michigan, has been able to speak a few times with the superior of a group of Iraqi Dominicans and knows how desperate their situation is since they escaped Islamicists in northern Iraq.

Elderly Iraqi Christians Defy Terrorists, Flee to Camp
Catholic News Service (19 August 2014)
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — A group of 11 sick, disabled and elderly Iraqi Christians —including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer — defied terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam or be beheaded, saying they preferred death to giving up their faith.

Catholic, Orthodox Patriarchs Visit Erbil to Support Displaced Iraqis
Catholic News Service (20 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Erbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants.

Priest Shocked at Condition for Iraqis Displaced in Erbil
Catholic News Service (22 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — As secretary to Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III, Father Rami Wakim has met scores of Syrian refugees, but said he was shocked at the flood of displaced Iraqis he encountered in Erbil, Iraq.

Catholic aid agencies seek funds to assist minorities in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (28 August 2014)
RYE, N.Y. (CNS) — Catholic organizations in the United States have launched public appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in Iraq and Syria.

First Wave of Iraqis, Some of Whom Helped U.S., Feel Trapped in Jordan
Catholic News Service (2 September 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Iraqi refugees who fled sectarian violence following the 2003-U.S.-led invasion are fearful they could fall between the cracks as aid agencies scramble to help fresh arrivals escaping Islamic State brutality.

Pope: Iraq’s Persecuted Christians Are True, Bold Witnesses of Christ
Catholic News Service (3 September 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Iraqi Christians are true and courageous witnesses of Christ’s message of hope, forgiveness and love, Pope Francis said.

Iraqi Christian Details How Militants Kidnapped Her 3-Year-Old
Catholic News Service (4 September 2014)
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — An Iraqi Christian woman has described how her 3-year-old daughter was abducted by Islamist terrorists.

For Some Iraqi Christians, Returning to Homeland Is Not an Option
Catholic News Service (9 September 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Uprooted from his home in Iraq by the advance of Islamic State fighters, Nouree sees no future for Christians in his country.

“It Pierced My Heart Like a Knife,” Nun Says After Visit to Iraqis
Catholic News Service (11 September 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Sister Marie Claude Naddaf, provincial leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Lebanon and Syria, is still shaken by what she witnessed visiting Erbil, Iraq.

In Middle East, a Year of Upheaval Leaves Millions Suffering
Catholic News Service (18 December 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as “Al Qaeda on steroids.”

As Christians Flee Some Countries, Lebanese Numbers Swell
Catholic News Service (26 December 2014)
SED EL BOUSHRIEH, Lebanon (CNS) — Aramaic, Syriac and different Arabic dialects from Iraq and eastern Syria can be heard on the narrow hilly streets of Sed El Boushrieh. Strings of Christmas lights adorn neighborhood churches and hang from balconies of apartments, whose residents many never return to their own homes in Iraq and Syria.

In Christmas Messages, Patriarchs Lament Suffering, Offer Hope
Catholic News Service (26 December 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East lamented the suffering of their people in violence-wracked areas and offered words of hope while calling for prayers for their safety.

Pope Meets Leaders of Yazidi Community Facing Persecution
Catholic News Service (8 January 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his appeals for an end to the persecution of minorities in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis often has mentioned both the Christians and the Yazidis attacked by Islamic State fighters.

U.S. Dominicans Discover Service, Deep Faith in Iraqi Counterparts
Catholic News Service (16 January 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Three U.S. Dominican sisters visiting displaced Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan encountered a witness of service and deep faith.

Deacons’ Ordination Designed to Bring Hope in Northern Iraq
Catholic News Service (16 January 2015)
AIN KAWA, Iraq (CNS) — Despite the pain of recent loss of family and ancestral homes at the hands of Islamist extremists, Iraqi Catholics welcomed four seminarians — three as deacons, one as a subdeacon — in a ceremony meant to encourage renewed hope for the future.

U.S. Bishops Travel to Iraq, Meet Displaced Christians
Catholic News Service (27 January 2015)
AIN KAWA, Iraq (CNS) — One of Iraq’s Christians chased out of her historic homeland quietly prayed the rosary as a bishop who traveled halfway around the world to meet her and others displaced celebrated Mass for them.

Faith Lives on Despite Suffering in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (6 April 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 1,000 people packed into a tent in a refugee camp in Erbil, Iraq, for the Easter vigil Mass celebrated by Italian Cardinal Fernando Filoni, former nuncio to Iraq and Pope Francis’ personal representative to those forced to flee the fury of Islamic State militants.

Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon Find Hope in Infant Baptisms at Easter Vigil
Catholic News Service (6 April 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Despite the extreme hardship of being exiled from their homes in Iraq, the Easter vigil was a day of great joy for the parents of eight babies who were baptized in Lebanon.

Middle East Groups Seek Protected Zone for Minorities in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (8 April 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A call for an area to protect Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq is gathering pace even as April marks the centenary of the 1915 genocide of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians.

Salesian Center Offers Haven for Iraqi, Syrian Children in Istanbul
Catholic News Service (9 April 2015)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Basima Toma teaches English to about 40 children at the Don Bosco youth center.

Cardinal Visits Northern Iraq to Convey Pope’s Concern for Displaced
Catholic News Service (7 May 2015)
ERBIL, Iraq (CNS) — The head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches visited Iraq to convey Pope Francis’ blessing and concern for church officials and the displaced living and working in difficult circumstances.

Islamic Militants Announce Plan to Transform Mosul Church Into Mosque
Catholic News Service (8 June 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — One of the largest churches in Mosul, Iraq, will be transformed into a mosque.

Archbishop From Iraq Asks West to Step Up Efforts to Oust Islamic State
Catholic News Service (12 June 2015)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Moshe of Mosul, Iraq, called on the world’s government to oust Islamic State militants from northern parts of the country so thousands of displaced Christians can return home.

Papal Envoy, Maronite Patriarch Visit Displaced Christians in Iraq
Catholic News Service (22 June 2015)
BERUIT (CNS) — Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan, representing Pope Francis, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter traveled to Erbil, Iraq, to meet with Christians who had fled from Islamic State forces.

Christians Grow Weary Over Rising Threat of Kidnapping in Syria, Iraq
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Arab Christians are viewing with growing concern and revulsion an uptick in kidnappings of both their clergy and civilians as violence worsens in Syria and Iraq.

Priest Finds Frustrations Build Among Christians in Iraq Camp
Catholic News Service (21 July 2015)
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — When the Islamic State overran the Iraqi town of Qaraqosh last August, one of the priests there jumped into his car and joined the exodus of Christians on the road east in the hope of reaching the safety of Kurdish-controlled territory.

No One Can Pretend Not to Know Syrians, Iraqis Are Suffering, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (17 September 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Millions of Iraqis and Syrians are facing poverty and even death, neighboring countries are bearing more than their fair share of the burden of helping refugees, arms dealers are getting richer and the international community seems helpless, Pope Francis said.

Pope Urges Peace in Iraq, Prays for Christians
Catholic News Service (26 October 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called on the international community to find a way to bring peace to Iraq and the Middle East and prayed that Christians there would no longer be forced to flee their homes.

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Church Car-Bombed in Kirkuk, Iraq
Another church has been attacked in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The bombing comes less than two weeks after a Catholic and an evangelical church were targeted.

Out of Iraq, A Voice of Survival
Just watch as 17-year-old Emmanuel Kelly recounts how he was rescued by nuns in Iraq, and adopted by a family from Australia.

Against the Current, Christians Find a Rock in Iraq
Vatican Radio describes the status of Ain Kawa, one of the spots bucking the downward trend in Iraqi Christian population.

Picture of the Day: Help for Iraqis
An altar server stands near a statue of Jesus in greater Stockholm's Syriac Catholic church. (photo: Magnus Aronson)

Picture of the Day: Healing in Hamdaniya
Nasrin Abdul-Ahad Aziz, 53, and her husband Tali Mati Nasser, left, have lost several family members as a result of ethnic and sectarian violence in Iraq. They now reside in Hamdaniya, Iraq. (photo: Safin Hamed)

Picture of the Day: Hailing Mary
An altar server stands near a statue of the Virgin Mary in greater Stockholm's Syriac Catholic church. (photo: Magnus Aronson)

Unfinished Business in Iraq
In Iraq, close to a decade of war and humanitarian crises has left much work to be done, if the nation is to rebuild and heal.

Picture of the Day: Remnants of the Iraq War
An Iraqi mother holds her child near her home in Syria. (photo: Spencer Osberg)

Whatever Happened to Qaraqosh?
Father Elias Mallon discusses the historical context of an important town that you may not find on a map.

Picture of the Day: A Healing in Iraq
In this photo from 2003, Sister Nahla tends to a patient at the Al Jamh-Al Zahrawi Hospital in Mosul, Iraq, where she has been working since May. (photo: Philip Toscano-Heighton)

Picture of the Day: The Plight of Christians in Iraq
A parishioner leaves St. Elijah Church in Ain Kawa, a mostly Christian neighborhood outside Erbil, Kurdistan's capital and largest city. (photo: Safin Hamed)

Doing Cartwheels and Celebrating Women
With so many war orphans in her care, Sister Maria worries how she can feed them all.

Pope Expresses Solidarity with Christians in Iraq
Pope Benedict XVI has sent an ecumenical message of solidarity to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East.

Chaos and Courageous Questions
The National Catholic Register's Tim Drake spoke recently with Bashar Matti Warda, the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil in Northern Iraq

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Picture of the Day: Syria's Women and Children in Crisis
Young Syrian refugees walk through a camp in Anbar province west of Baghdad, Iraq, 19 August. (photo: CNS/Ali al-Mashhadani, Reuters)

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Hope for Refugees
My colleague Antin and I travelled to the city of Toronto last month to attend the 2nd National Catholic Conference on Resettlement.

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Picture of the Day: Starting Over in Jordan
In the Spring issue of ONE, writer-photographer Cory Eldridge profiles Christians who have fled Iraq to try and start over in Jordan.

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Welcome to Canada!
Six members of the Makhoo family -- Iraqi refugees sponsored by Toronto's Cardinal Thomas Collins -- finally arrived in Canada on 23 May.

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In the Eternal City
Msgr. John Kozar reports on the events of his trip to Rome, which included ROACO's 86th plenary assembly.

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Picture of the Day: Remembrance
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Picture of the Day: Reunion
The Alslivi family enjoys Sunday brunch. (photo: Magnus Aronson)

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Picture of the Day: Tools of the Trade
An anesthesiologist waits for his patient in St. Raphael's Hospital in Baghdad. (photo: Sherrlyn Borkgren)

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Picture of the Day: Heartbreak in Iraq
Nasrin Abdul-Ahad Aziz, pictured in 2011, had lost several family members as result of ethnic and sectarian violence in Iraq. (photo: Safin Hamed)

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Picture of the Day: The Sisters Who Stay in Iraq
Mosul's remaining Christians have cleared out, according to news reports, but CNEWA's partners on the ground, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, are staying put.

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Picture of the Day: Prayer From Abroad
Ramiz Toma, an Iraqi Christian living in Sweden, attends the Divine Liturgy at least once a week. (photo: Magnus Aronson)

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Picture of the Day: Sisters of Iraq
ister Najma chats with a patient visiting the clinic for a routine checkup at the Mother of Mercy Clinic in Zerqa, Jordan. (photo: Nader Daoud)

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Picture of the Day: Born in Baghdad
A Iraqi man looks into the nursery in Al Hayat, a 27-bed mother and child facility in Baghdad operated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. (photo: Sherrlyn Borkgren)

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Picture of the Day:
The Needs of Iraqis

A child holds a bowl of soup inside the Khazer camp on the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq, on 29 June.

Please Support Our Brothers and Sisters in Iraq
Support those displaced by the fighting in Iraq!

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“Such a Conflagration of Hate”
Over at Patheos, blogger Elizabeth Scalia has a comprehensive roundup of what is happening in Iraq.

Letter from Iraq:
“Many Churches Are Burned, Destroyed, Looted”

We received the following report this morning from Archdeacon Emanuel Youkhana, an Iraqi-born priest of the Assyrian Church of the East now based in Germany.

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The “Powder Keg” of the Middle East
This week in Our Sunday Visitor, CNEWA’s Communications Director Michael J.L. La Civita offers some thoughts on the explosive crisis of the Middle East.

Contesting the Caliphate
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the efforts of ISIS to bring about a new caliphate.

CNEWA Launches Emergency Appeal
to Aid Iraqi Christian Families in Flight

CNEWA starts new emergency appeal for Iraq

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Picture of the Day: Praying for Iraq
Chaldean Bishop Frank Kalabat carries a monstrance on 1 August as he leads nearly 1,000 Chaldeans outside Mother of God Chaldean Church in Southfield, Michigan in praying for for persecuted Iraqi Christians. (photo: CNS/Mike Stechschulte)

Christians Flee Islamist Attacks in Northern Iraq
“Jihadists have launched fresh attacks on Christian areas in north Iraq, sparking a new wave of displacement, the country's Chaldean patriarch and witnesses said Wednesday.”

BREAKING: IRAQ
“Nobody Can Imagine How Terrible It Is”

This report was sent to us by Ms. Christina Patto, VP Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq.

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Picture of the Day: A Mission to Iraq
In this image from 2009, Italian Archbishop Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, walks with a Swiss Guard at the Vatican. (photo: CNS/Danilo Schiavella)

IRAQ UPDATE:
Creating Camps for Christian Refugees

Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, discusses the situation in Iraq.

Who Are the Yazidis?
Rev. Elias Mallon discusses the Yazidi people.

Cardinal Collins Appeals for Help for Iraqi Christians
The Archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Vice Chair of the CNEWA Board of Directors in Canada, has asked Canadians to provide concrete help to Iraq’s Christians, who have been targeted by militants of the Islamic State.

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FAQ on Christian Persecution in Iraq
A few days ago, the Archdiocese of Toronto posted on its blog an excellent primer on the unfolding crisis in Iraq - complete with advice on how others can help. We post it below for your information and guidance.

Picture of the Day: Seeking Refuge
Emil, a Catholic Iraqi refugee, hides his face during a posed photo at the Caritas Lebanon Migrant Center.

IRAQ UPDATE:
"The Needs Are Overwhelming"

The crisis facing Christians in Iraq shows no sign of abating.

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Picture of the Day: “No Cause Can Justify Such Barbarity”
Yazidi demonstrators protest Islamic State militants in Hanover, Germany, on 12 August. (photo: CNS/Julian Stratenschulte, EPA)

IRAQ UPDATE:
“What Prayers Shall I Say Now?”

Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, discusses Iraqi refugees in Ain Kawa.

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Picture of the Day: The First Communion That Wasn’t
Children prepare for first Communion in Karamless, Iraq, on 1 August.

What is ISIS?
Aleteia has posted a comprehensive primer on the Islamic State, featuring important insight and context from - among others - CNEWA's Elias D. Mallon, S.A., Ph.D.

Muslims in the Arab Press Condemn ISIS
Muslims have been speaking out in the strongest terms, condemning the crimes against humanity committed by ISIS (or, as it is increasingly called, IS) and others in the name of Islam.

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UPDATE: IRAQ
The Urgent Needs of the Refugees

Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, discusses the situation in Iraq.

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Picture of the Day: Refuge
In this image from July, Christians fleeing the violence in Mosul sleep inside Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif, Iraq. (photo: CNS/Reuters)

Pope Francis on Iraq: “It is Licit to Stop the Unjust Aggressor”
Pope Francis said the use of force can be justified to stop "unjust aggressors" such as Islamic State militants in northeastern Iraq, but he declined to endorse U.S. military airstrikes.

IRAQ UPDATE:
CNEWA Rushes Aid to Displaced Iraqi Families

To alleviate the suffering of some 100,000 homeless Iraqi Christians, Msgr. John E. Kozar, president of CNEWA, is rushing $75,000 to partners in northern Iraq for urgently needed relief efforts.

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IRAQ UPDATE:
“The Situation is Chaotic”

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Picture of the Day: Displaced in Iraq
People displaced by violence sit outside St. Joseph Chaldean Church in Ain Kawa, Iraq, on 14 August. (photo: CNS/courtesy Aid to the Church in Need-USA)

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IRAQ UPDATE:
Sisters Show Their Support

Today, we received an email from Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director in Beirut, with some important news on the work being undertaken to support our suffering brothers and sisters in Iraq.

Picture of the Day: “What We Saw Was Indescribable”
Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III, left, speaks to other Christian leaders during a visit to Iraqi refugees in Erbil, Iraq. (photo: CNS/Mychel Akl)

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Picture of the Day: Clinging to Faith
Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem visits Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan who recently fled Mosul, Iraq.

Cardinal Wuerl on Syria and Iraq:
"Where Are the Voices"

Yesterday, Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated Mass to mark the opening of the academic year.

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IRAQ UPDATE:
“This Is A Cry for Help”

Archdeacon Emanuel Yaoukhana recently returned to Iraq and sent the following letter to his friends and acquaintances.

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Picture of the Day: Meeting the President
Christian leaders gathered in Washington this week and several had a meeting at the White House with President Obama.

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IRAQ UPDATE:
Living in the Streets, Needing Everything

The Iraqi Christian community, perhaps the oldest in the world, has survived more than 1400 years under Islamic rule in its homeland.

BREAKING IN IRAQ:
CNEWA Receives Grant to Open Two Additional
Dispensaries in Northern Iraq

An independent Catholic family foundation, Raskob, has awarded Catholic Near East Welfare Association an emergency grant.

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Muslim Leaders Speak Out Against ISIS, Condemn Violence
In the past week two important documents have been published from Muslim organizations.

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Picture of the Day: Care for the Children of Iraq
Over the weekend, Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, submitted a brief report on the needs of refugee children in Iraq. (photos by Don Duncan)

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Picture of the Day: The Children of Iraq
Refugee children gather in a shelter for displaced Iraqis in northern Iraq. (photo: Ra’ed Bahou)

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Picture of the Day: Nineveh, 1000 Days Ago
In this 2011 photo, a shop owner in the market of Hamdaniya, a city in northern Iraq's Nineveh region, tends to his produce. (photo: Safin Hamed)

IRAQ UPDATE:
“Christianity is Bleeding”

We recently received the following urgent appeal from Sister Maria Hanna, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq.

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Picture of the Day: A Visitor From Kurdistan
Pope Francis meets Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, third from left, during a private audience at the Vatican on 2 March. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

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Sister Diana Momeka:
“We Need to Gain Back Our Humanity”

Sister Diana Momeka left Iraq a few weeks ago to visit the United States. Today, she visited with several of us this morning at the offices of CNEWA.

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IRAQ UPDATE:
Dispensary Provides Medical Care to Refugees

After the ISIS attack on Mosul and Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq.

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Picture of the Day: Comprehensive Coverage
An Iraqi refugee gets a dental checkup at the Martha Schmouny Clinic, in Erbil. (photo: Don Duncan)

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Picture of the Day: Always Learning
Iraqi refugee children study English together at a community center run by CNEWA in Amman, Jordan. (photo: CNEWA)

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Picture of the Day: Solidarity With Syria
Nina Moshy, left, and Rosemary Yachouh stand in front of the Ryerson Student Centre in Toronto to spread awareness about the plight of Syrian refugees. (photo: Jean Ko Din/Catholic Register)

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Christmas in Iraq Among the Displaced
The holiday season this year is dramatically different for many in Iraq.

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Picture of the Day: Nineveh Before ISIS
Faithful gather around a fire during a Christmas celebration in Hamdaniya.(photo: STRINGER/IRAQ/Reuters/Corbis)

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Picture of the Day: Spiritual Reflection
An altar server waits for the liturgy to begin at Holy Family Chaldean Catholic Mission in Phoenix. (photo: Nancy Wiechec)

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Picture of the Day: The Smallest Displaced
Children make up a large part of the Iraqis who have been displaced and now live in Dohuk. (photo: John E. Kozar)

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Journey to Iraq:
Sisters Recount Their Flight From ISIS

Tom Gallagher, one of the journalists accompanying CNEWA Chair Cardinal Timothy Dolan to Iraq this week, interviewed several sisters who were displaced when ISIS invaded their home of Qaraqosh.

Journey to Iraq:
Cardinal Dolan: “We Were Deeply Moved”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of CNEWA, discusses his trip to Iraq.

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90 Years, 90 Heroes:
Sister Diana Momeka, O.P.

Last year, Sister Diana Momeka made headlines for her passionate witness on behalf of the suffering people of Iraq...

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Picture of the Day: Grand Rounds
Dr. Karam Nahal examines a 13-month-old while visiting Nafkandala, one of 22 villages in Iraqi Kurdistan the mobile clinic serves. (photo: Raed Rafei)

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Picture of the Day: School Days
Sister Ferdos Zora teaches students in a preschool in Erbil run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena. (photo: Paul Jeffrey)

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Picture of the Day: Waiting to Return
In this September 2014 photo, internally displaced Chaldean children prepare to serve the altar in a camp in Erbil. (photo: Don Duncan)

IRAQ UPDATE:
Iraq’s Archbishop Warda at CNEWA:
‘Persecution Started on Good Friday’

CNEWA was privileged to welcome to our New York offices on Monday Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq.

IRAQ UPDATE:
Terror and Triumph, Fear and Hope

Iraqi soldiers intensify their offensive to retake Mosul from ISIS.

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Picture of the Day: Alive and Kicking
A boy kicks a soccer ball in a class at the Al Bishara School, which is run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Ain Kawa, near Erbil, Iraq. (photo: Paul Jeffrey)

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Picture of the Day: Greetings from Jordan
Christian Iraqi refugee children play together in the home of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary in Amman, Jordan.

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How Will U.S. Policy Affect
Middle East's Christians in 2017?

A wide variety of issues, both domestic and foreign, have been raised during the presidential transition.

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Middle East Christian Refugees:
What Are the Facts?

There has been a lot of discussion lately about Christian refugees in the Middle East.

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Picture of the Day: Lift Every Voice
Young displaced students from a variety of faiths and backgrounds sing together in Arabic in Dohuk, Iraq. For more on the displaced in Iraq, read 'God Wants Me Here' in the current edition of ONE. (photo: Paul Jeffrey)

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Picture of the Day: A Bit of Business as Usual
A man sells bananas in his small shop in a camp for internally displaced families in Ain Kawa in northern Iraq. (photo: Paul Jeffrey)

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Dozens of Chaldean Christians
Arrested in Suburban Detroit

It happened over the weekend. Details, from Catholic News Association.

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Picture of the Day: Returning Home
Sister Luma Khudher reflects near the stoup of the damaged Church of Sts. Behnam and Sarah in Qaraqosh. (photo: Raed Rafei)

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Picture of the Day: So Recently New
Sisters Luma and Montaha, of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, visit Qaraqosh’s Church of Sts. Behnam and Sarah, damaged by ISIS. The church was built in 2008. (photo: Raed Rafei)

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from CNEWA Connections

Goodbye to a Dear Angel
(From CNEWA Connections March 2012)

Kids Helping Kids
(From CNEWA Connections AUGUST 2012)