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World
Xavier Bisits
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.
Commentary
Xavier Bisits
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.
In Person
Edward Pentin
Stephen Rasche discusses what he has learned from 10 years working in the Archdiocese of Erbil alongside Iraq’s persecuted Christian minority.
Commentary
Frank Wolf and Toufic Baaklini
COMMENTARY: Boko Haram has killed more than 27,000 civilians in Nigeria. This is greater than the amount of civilians ISIS killed in Iraq and Syria combined.
World
Lauretta Brown
‘Cross in Fire’ gives tangible expression to the suffering of Christians, raising international awareness of their plight.
Editorial
The Editors
EDITORIAL: The country’s bishops have called for the government to take control of the security situation.
World
Solène Tadié
The 2020 ‘World Watch List’ on the persecution of Christians highlights an unprecedented level of persecution against Christians.
World
Peter Jesserer Smith
Christians in the Middle East seek to provide a witness of hope as old threats linger and newer ones emerge this Christmas.
World
Edward Pentin
Paul Marshall comments on ‘secularization theory,’ ignorance among diplomats and journalists and the culture wars.
World
Edward Pentin
Hungarian government sponsors a conference that brought together men and women who are on the front lines in protecting Christians around the world.
World
Solène Tadié
Religious and political authorities as well as inhabitants’ testimonies offer instructive insights on difficult situation in the Land of Christ.
World
Catholic News Agency
In an apparent concession to protesters, government officials agreed to provide a piece of land for the church to be rebuilt, as well as money.
Vatican
Matt Hadro/CNA
State Department: The two leaders ‘reaffirmed’ the commitment of the U.S and the Holy See ‘to advancing religious freedom around the world.’
Nation
Courtney Grogan/CNA
Pompeo was at the Vatican Oct. 2 for a symposium on human dignity. An embassy source said Pompeo will meet Pope Francis on Oct. 3.
Vatican
Catholic News Agency
Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke Sept. 27 at the United Nations General Assembly, citing ongoing need for assistance.
Commentary
Nina Shea
COMMENTARY: A drama of faithfulness, courage and perseverance, in which good ultimately triumphs. It is also a window into the importance of the struggle to defend religious freedom.
Persecuted Christians
Lauretta Brown
Three shepherds spoke to the Register this week during the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.
In Person
Edward Pentin
Following his return from a trip to northern Iraq, Father Benedict Kiely discusses their problems and what needs to be done to assist them.
In Person
Doreen Abi Raad
Syriac Catholic Coadjutor Archbishop Nathanael Nizar Semaan told the Register, ‘Qaraqosh and all these Christian villages are giving a big witness of their faith, how strong it is. We are here.’
In Person
Lauretta Brown
Military archbishop is raising awareness of the persecution that religious minorities face around the world..
World
Solène Tadié
An Italian interparliamentary group held a conference in Rome on June 26, shedding light on the failure of Western countries — and especially the European Union — to address human-rights abuses.
World
Lauretta Brown
New challenges faced as they attempt to rebuild their lives in their ancestral homeland.
Commentary
Nina Shea
COMMENTARY: The country needs to identify the circumstances and motives behind the attacks and take decisive action.
Persecuted Christians
Catholic News Agency
Aid to the Church in Need study comes amid increased persecution of Christians in many countries worldwide.
In Person
Joan Frawley Desmond
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama works to advance religious freedom and genuine dialogue between Christians and Muslims.
World
Catholic News Agency
International nongovernmental organizations and the country’s Catholic bishops raise their voices in protest against mob violence.
World
CNA/EWTN News
Newspaper reports on efforts to Sinicize Christianity.
World
Edward Pentin
The founder of a charity for persecuted Christians says the beleaguered populace needs more political representation and aid as a Shiite group try to force them out of their ancient lands.
World
Joan Frawley Desmond
NEWS ANALYSIS: U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide accused the president of quitting the fight to vanquish ISIS before it had been won.
Nation
Peter Jesserer Smith
The Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act is hailed as a vital piece in keeping the Christian presence alive in ancestral homelands.