COMMENTARY: Part II — Iraq’s largest Catholic town is fully encircled by an Iran-backed militia. In the context of worsening U.S.-Iran relations, some locals are afraid Iran’s impact on their lives will worsen.
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COMMENTARY: PART I — Iraq’s mostly Catholic Christian population declined from 5% to 0.2% between 2003 and 2019. Today, after 17 years of church bombings, targeted assassinations, kidnapping and displacement, the Christian population in Iraq likely stands at 120,000.
Stephen Rasche discusses what he has learned from 10 years working in the Archdiocese of Erbil alongside Iraq’s persecuted Christian minority.
The region, which was targeted by one of the pair of missile attacks launched yesterday as retaliation against the U.S., is home to several thousand Christians who have been trying to rebuild their lives.
Christians in the Middle East seek to provide a witness of hope as old threats linger and newer ones emerge this Christmas.
The Holy Father appealed for dialogue, especially as families in the region are forced to flee from warfare.
Lives have been changed by the devotion given to St. Faustina and promulgated by St. John Paul II.
While Iraqi Catholic leaders continue to express concern that U.S. assistance hasn’t materialized, USAID this month pledged an additional $178 in funding to support Christians and other vulnerable communities.