Iraq

A street scene in Bartella. Photo by Rami Esa Saqat and Fadi Esa Saqat.
Xavier Bisits February 27, 2020
With the liberation of parts of Iraq from ISIS in 2017, Iraq’s Christians returned home to two unwelcome developments. Their homes had been burned, looted or destroyed by ISIS and Iran-backed groups who helped defeat ISIS—known as Popular Mobilization Forces—now controlled their towns.
Miriam Fam, Associated Press February 14, 2020
In recent years, Valentine’s Day in the southern city of Najaf has emerged as a battleground.
Gerard O’Connell January 25, 2020
Francis has shown a great interest in Iraq and its people that have suffered so much since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.
A man celebrates in Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2020, after the country launched missiles at U.S.-led forces in Iraq. (CNS photo/Nazanin Tabatabaee, West Asia News Agency via Reuters)
America Staff January 09, 2020
On “Inside the Vatican” this week, hosts Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell discuss the Holy See's reaction to the U.S. drone strike that claimed the life of Qassim Soleimani and look back at the similarities between this attack and the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Five Catholic groups co-sponsored the vigil: the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Franciscan Action Network, the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Pax Christi USA, and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team.
Mourners attend a funeral procession for Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in Tehran, Iran, Jan. 6, 2020. The two men were killed Jan. 3 in a U.S. drone airstrike at Baghdad International Airport. (CNS photo/Nazanin Tabatabaee/, West Asia News Agency via Reuters)
Ryan Di Corpo January 06, 2020
Pope Francis prayed for peace from St. Peter’s Square. “War only brings death and destruction,” he said. “I call on all parties to keep alive the flame of dialogue and self-control and avoid the shadow of enmity.”