Assyrian Clergy Near Tears After Militants Cleared From Iraqi Churches

AINA - 11/11/16 BASHIQA, Iraq -- For the first time in 2 1/2 years, a group of Syrian Orthodox Church clergy visited churches in two villages near Mosul that had only hours earlier been cleared of Islamic State fighters by Kurdish peshmerga forces. Two days after entering the town of Bashiqa, peshmerga forces said they had it ...

Catholicos-Patriarch Mar Gewargis III meets the President and the Prime Minister of Iraq

October 2015 - Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East  Iraq: His Excellency Fuad Masum, President of the Republic of Iraq received Monday His Holiness Mar Gewargis III Sliwa, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East and accompanying prelates in Baghdad, Iraq. During the meeting, the President noted that Christians are an authentic component of ...

Iraq’s Christian Communities Living in Fear

By Matthew Fisher http://www.canada.com - October 2014 IRBIL, Iraq -- With extremists flying the black flag of Islamic State less than an hour down the road, the future of one of the last Christian communities in the Middle East is at grave risk of assimilation or annihilation. An estimated 100,000 Iraqi Christians fled the Plain of Mosul in several ...

Iraq’s Christian Minority Feels Militant Threat

Iraqi Christian families who have fled from Mosul and other nearby towns ahead of advances by Sunni militants gather at a social club in a suburb of Kurdish-controlled Erbil on Thursday (AP photo).

By Maria Abi-Habib Wall Street Journal 27/6/14 BAGHDAD -- Surrounded by a blast wall topped with razor-sharp concertina wire, Our Lady of Salvation Church in downtown Baghdad resembles a fortress more than a sanctuary. Despite the fortifications, however, those who worship there are feeling more vulnerable than ever. An appeal for help in guarding the Syriac Catholic Church this ...