ISIS names Pope Francis its ultimate enemy

In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of defending homosexuals

The following comes from a September 4 Christian Daily article by Lorraine Caballero : The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has named Pope Francis as its number one enemy and has criticized the Catholic Church leader for pursuing "dialogue with moderate Islam." In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of … [Read more...]

California suit pursues banks in defense of Iraqi and Syrian Christians

St. Francis of Assisi non-profit based in Alameda

The following comes from a June 14 release for the Courthouse News Service. A California nonprofit wants two Middle Eastern banks and a Kuwaiti sheikh to pay damages for claims they funded the Islamic State's systematic murder and displacement of Christians in Iraq and Syria. St. Francis of Assisi, an Alameda-based nonprofit that assists refugees, sued the Kuwait Finance … [Read more...]

These seminarians are being ordained – in a refugee camp

Event will be a 'sign of hope' for the Christians who are left in Iraq

The following comes from a March 18 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: After their seminary in Qaraqosh was dissolved following a brutal ISIS attack in 2014, four Iraqi seminarians chose not to give up after being forced to flee, but to continue their path to the priesthood. Now, a year and a half after the attack that uprooted them from their homes, the four … [Read more...]

United States recognizes killing of Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims as genocide

Comes as a long-awaited first step in bringing ISIS to justice

The following comes from a March 15 Alliance Defending Freedom press release: Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that the United States recognizes the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS/Daesh against Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims as genocide. Alliance Defending Freedom International, which authored an extensive analysis of the issue as part of a report the … [Read more...]

Forsaken for their faith

California lawmaker argues that endangered Christians and Yazidis must get emergency immigration status

The following comes from a February 8 Washington Times opinion piece by Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher, a California Republican, is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. It’s now a couple of weeks of news cycles since we learned from satellite imagery that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery of St. Elijah, which for more than … [Read more...]

Chaldean Catholic communities flourish in the American southwest

California has grown into a major hub for Christians fleeing Iraq

The following comes from a CNEWA article by Joyce Coronel: Zinah Marzana’s blue-green eyes fill with tears as she recalls the moment her life changed forever. It was December, and she was holding her infant son as her husband, Zergo, drove along the road outside Tel Kaif in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plain. Her brother sat in the front seat beside her husband. Somehow, they’d … [Read more...]

Your apathy is hurting ISIS victims

A challenge to American Christians

The following comes from a December 8 Catholic News Agency article by Matt Hadro: Christians in the U.S. must stop their apathy to the bloody persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, said a religious freedom advocate who proposed an “examination of conscience” for faith communities. “I am struck by the widespread apathy and indifference and ignorance … [Read more...]

US cardinal says forces in Middle East are intent on eradicating Christians

Cardinal O'Brien, who ministered to dying troops in Vietnam, suggests American public is 'very blase' about ISIS

The following comes from a November 19 Catholic Herald article by Catholic News Service: When Cardinal Edwin O’Brien was named grandmaster of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2011, he found himself embroiled in a war a world away from the jungles of Vietnam where he ministered to dying troops as a young priest. “The forces that are at work now are intent on … [Read more...]

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox will have church dedicated to Christians killed by ISIS

Martyrs left widows and children behind

The following comes from an October 15 Zenit article: The gruesome images of the 21 Christians who were beheaded last February by Islamic State terrorists have left a deep imprint on the memory of Christian Egyptians. Now a new church dedicated to the martyrs—who are formally recognized as such by Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church—will honor their memory in a tangible … [Read more...]

Chaldeans travel underground railroad to El Cajon

Iraqi Christians hope for a better life in San Diego

The following comes from an August 22 San Diego Union-Tribune article by Peter Rowe and Tatiana Sanchez: Last summer, as ISIS fighters swept toward his home in northern Iraq, slaughtering “infidels” and demolishing their communities, Fadi Hirmiz grew frantic. “ISIS was getting closer and closer to our village,” Hirmiz said through an interpreter. “I was afraid for my … [Read more...]