Church in Iraq

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

"Today I can see at first hand that the Church in Iraq is alive": Pope Francis in Erbil

Mar 7, 2021

Pope Francis on Sunday expressed joy at the vitality of the Church in Iraq despite years of fierce persecution.

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

"Terrorism and death never have the last word": Pope Francis in the Nineveh Plains

Mar 7, 2021

Pope Francis entrusted the rebuilding of Christian communities in the Nineveh Plains to the protection of the Virgin Mary at a cathedral that was once desecrated and burned by the Islamic State.

Pope Francis attends an interreligious meeting in the Plain of Ur, Iraq, March 6, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Appeals for Interreligious Harmony at Birthplace of Abraham

Mar 6, 2021

Pope Francis on Saturday appealed for harmony among the followers of the world’s major monotheistic religions at an interreligious meeting in the Plain of Ur, southern Iraq.

Pope Francis addresses local authorities at the Presidential Palace in Baghdad. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in Iraq: "The name of God cannot be used to justify acts of murder"

Mar 5, 2021

In his first speech in Iraq, Pope Francis called for an end to violence and extremism so that ordinary Iraqis can live, work, and pray in peace.

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Amid protests, Iraqi Archbishop Calls for 'equal rights and dignity' for Christians

Jan 30, 2020

Iraqi Christians must take an active role in the country’s future if they want a unified, multi-religious Iraq, the Archbishop of Erbil said during a discussion of the country’s future with a U.S. congressman.

Armenian church behind barbed wire, Baghdad, Iraq. Via Shutterstock.

Killing of Soleimani by U.S. Could Mean New Danger for Middle East Christians

Jan 3, 2020

Christian communities in the Middle East are likely to suffer renewed persecution in any instability following recent U.S. airstrikes, experts have warned.