Cindy Wooden - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis visited a Baghdad cathedral that is now a shrine to 48 Christian martyrs who died Oct. 31, 2010, when militants belonging to a group linked to al-Qaida laid siege to the church.
The destroyed Al-Tahera Syriac Catholic Church is seen in Mosul, Iraq, on Feb. 22, 2021. The church was bombarded during the airstrike campaign that drove the Islamic State out of Mosul. (CNS photo/Thaier al-Sudani, Reuters)
FaithShort Take
Luma Simms
Refugees from the attacks on Christians in Iraq cannot help but feel bitter and forgotten, writes Luma Simms. Pope Francis’ upcoming visit is an opportunity to begin healing and seek religious harmony.
Inside the Vatican
What is driving Pope Francis to enter a war zone, during a global pandemic?
FaithFaith in Focus
Martin Sheen
The carnage unleashed in the Persian Gulf compelled me to act yet again in hopes that somehow the bloodletting would end.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
An interview with Cardinal Leonardi Sandri, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches
Dale Gavlak - Catholic News Service
Pope Francis hopes to embark on the first-ever papal visit to the biblical land of Iraq in early March in a spiritual pilgrimage.