Pray for the people of Iraq and Syria

Back in August 2014, Islamic State (IS) militants, also known as ISIS or ISIL, captured Qaraqosh in Nineveh - once the biggest Christian town in Iraq. Tens of thousands fled. Since then, ISIL has persecuted minorities in both Syria and Iraq. Prayers for all the peoples of Syria and Iraq have been offered throughout the summer months and are needed now more than ever. Refugees continue to flood into Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon to name just three countries coping with a mass influx of desperate people. This section has our news and multimedia on the violence in Iraq and Syria.

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Iraq: Letter

Bishop Declan Lang is one of a number of UK-based religious leaders who have signed a letter calling on the international community to send "a clear signal o...Read more

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Forces Bishop: Iraq

The Bishop of the Forces, the Right Reverend Richard Moth has asked military chaplains to “offer Mass for those persecuted for their faith" on Sunday 31 Augu...Read more

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Foreign Secretary

In a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Cardinal Nichols has “welcomed the humanitarian efforts” that the British government has made in Iraq over the past few...Read more


Pope on Iraq

The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father's prayerful concern over the...Read more

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Cardinal on Iraq

The President of the Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has released a statement on Iraq calling for urgent "help and protection" for the persecu...Read more


Iraq Prayer

Archbishop Louis Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, offers this prayer to help us join with our brothers and sisters in Christ in Iraq on this day of prayer. Read more



In just a few days in early June, the militant group 'Islamic State' (known as IS or ISIS - Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) took the province of Ninive...Read more

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Bishop's Prayer Appeal

Bishop Declan Lang: "I invite you to join with many people from across Iraq in praying for an end to the violent persecution that threatens to extinguish the...Read more

Middle East Analysis


Today's Middle East Analysis examines the devastating humanitarian disasters currently playing out in Gaza and Mosul. Looking to Gaza, at the point of writin...Read more