US Help Crucial for Iraqi Christians as New Threat Emerges

By Edward Pentin

The founder of a charity for persecuted Christians says the beleaguered populace needs more political representation and aid as a Shiite group try to force them out of their ancient lands.    Click here to read

Coming home from genocide: How to prevent ISIS from rising again 

​By John Burger

The Islamic State failed to establish its caliphate, and ISIS territory has been reconquered. But the Christian communities of the Middle East, one of the targets of ISIS oppression, are still vulnerable and in need of protection, experts agreed during a daylong conference in New York City this week.  Click here to read

Cardinal Schönborn: all religions must respect rule of law

​By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that if  “religious communities” do not abide by the rule of law, then the state has the right to intervene to enforce the law.     ​Click here to read

A Catholics urged to fight world’s apathy on persecuted Christians

​By Beth Griffin • Catholic News Service

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said Catholics should learn from their “Jewish elder brothers and sisters” how best to advocate with elected leaders to alleviate the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East.  “It took us a while to answer the alarm clock” on the issue, but Catholics have responded generously with aid, awareness and prayers, he told participants at a conference on “Preserving Christian Communities in the Middle East and Curbing Anti-Semitism.”  Click here to read

Burma’s Rohingya Muslims Need the Trump Administration’s Help

By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

Throughout its second term, the Obama administration downplayed mounting evidence that Burma’s Rohingya community was being deliberately eradicated by the country’s military. Genocide was an inconvenient fact for an administration eager to claim a foreign-policy achievement in Burma’s democratic transition.    ​Click here to read

Turkey's Christians Face Increasingly Dangerous Persecution 

By Lela Gilbert

Christianity once flourished in Turkey, until the Ottoman Empire's 1915 genocide of Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and other Christians. Click here to read  

Nina Shea, quoted in Congressional Quarterly Researcher: Christians in the Mideast

By Sara Toth Stub

The number of Christians in the Middle East has been falling for more than a century, due mainly to emigration and lower birth rates.   Click here to read  

‘Nobody Will Go Back’: Christians Flee Middle East After Fall of Islamic State

By Edwin Mora

The number of Christians in the birthplace of their faith, the greater Middle East, continues to plummet months after the Islamic State, which waged a genocidal campaign against Christians, lost its “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria, Breitbart News learned from various experts, including an archbishop.   Click here to read  

The Latest UN Horror Show: Christian Refugees Ignored

By Uzay Bulut

Since the 2014 invasion and genocide by the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, at least 16,000 Assyrian Christians from Iraq have become refugees in Jordan. Most are still suffering economically and psychologically there, under extremely difficult circumstances.    Click here to read  

Testimony of Samuel Tadros - Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom

The US-Taliban Deal Ignores Human Rights and Women

By Farahnaz Ispahani

The recently signed peace deal between the United States of America and the Taliban, whom the U.S. deemed as terrorists until recently, reflects not just American military withdrawal from Afghanistan ... Click here to read  

Extraordinary leadership noted as former congressman Frank Wolf leaves 21Wilberforce

By Religion News LLC

“Congressman Wolf has been instrumental in shaping 21Wilberforce to the force for change that it is today,” said Randel Everett, Founder and President. “His leadership has been extraordinary. 21Wilberforce is grounded in the conviction that freedom of belief is a basic human right, and Frank has carried the torch.”    ​Click here to read

Report: "11 Christians Killed Every Day for Their Faith"

By Raymond Ibrahim

Last year, Christians were persecuted more than ever before in the modern era — and this year is expected to be worse: "4,136 Christians were killed for faith-related reasons," according to Open Doors USA in its recently published World Watch List 2019 (WWL) of the top 50 nations where Christians are persecuted.   Click here to read

Why We Should Give Asylum To Asia Bibi

Shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool

My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that reply. Is it not passing strange that while other Governments, 200 parliamentarians and the leader writers of national newspapers have all spoken powerfully and clearly calling for asylum to be granted to Asia Bibi, we take Trappist vows of silence?  Click here to read

Iraq After ISIS: How to Get Christians to Stay   

​By Edward Pentin

ERBIL, Iraq — Nearly a year since Mosul was liberated from the Islamic State and the terrorist organization effectively defeated, new challenges confront the relatively few Christians remaining in the ancient Christian towns of northern Iraq who feel let down by the United States and continually ignored by the West.  ​Click here to read

“How many of you pray for persecuted Christians?” Pope Francis asks

 “Pray with me, that they may experience the support of all the Churches and communities, through prayer and material assistance.” 

UK 'Won't Offer Asylum To Asia Bibi Amid Security Concerns'

By Amardeep Bassey

A Pakistani Christian woman’s appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost UK has been told....The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned Bibi’s 2010 conviction for “insulting the prophet Mohammed” last week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.     Click here to read

The Christian Duty to Defend Democracy   

​By Lord Alton of Liverpool

What was true in ancient Greece and Rome; what was true in eighteenth century England and in a Europe faced by Nazism remains true today. We each have a duty to act.

World looks the other way at Christian persecution, Pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves 

Love for neighbour means being close to people, especially those facing oppression and violence for being Christian, and engaging in charitable work that that reflects Christian values and promotes inter-religious dialogue, Pope Francis has said. Click here to read

Middle Eastern Christians Need Our Help. Can We Be Courageous?

By Kathryn Jean Lopez

As we are drawn out of our current woes and fears and distractions, “chilling” doesn’t begin to describe listening to Warda talking about the existential threat to his people.   Click here to read  

215 Million Christians Persecuted, Mostly by Muslims 

​By Raymond Ibrahim

“215 million Christians experience high levels of persecution” around the world, says Open Doors, a human rights organization. On its recently released World Watch List 2018, which ranks the world’s 50 worst nations wherein to be Christian, 3,066 Christians were killed, 1,252 abducted, and 1,020 raped or sexually harassed on account of their faith; 793 churches were attacked or destroyed.     ​Click here to read

Standing at Simile where throats were cut in an orgy of violence and meeting today’s Genocide victims challenges our generation to break the unremitting cycle of hate and brutality.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

I was in Simile today – where ancestors of ISIS cut the throats of up to 3000 men, women and children. No memorial has ever been erected to these Assyrian Christians and the site of their bloody end is shamefully littered with garbage and rubbish.   Click here to read  

Nigeria bishops say government can't or won't protect Christians from terrorists

​By  Christian Today staff writer 

Catholic bishops in Nigeria have told the country's president Muhammadu Buhari his government is 'incapable or unwilling' to protect citizens from attacks by Fulani herdsmen.  They describe the Muslim pastoralists who have murdered hundreds of Christians as 'terrorists masquerading as herdsmen', according to World Watch Monitor. ​Click here to read

Christians Seek Retrieval of Antiquities Stolen by IS   

By Sirwan Kajjo

The so-called Islamic State (IS) may have been defeated militarily, but the terror group has left behind massive devastation in Syria and Iraq that is beyond repair — at least for now.       Click here to read 

** Theresa May 'blocked asylum application from Pakistani Christian' locked up for blasphemy - click to read

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Trump: Fighting Christian Persecution Will Be a Priority

By Megan Bailey

The United States might soon be prioritizing the resettlement of Christian refugees, President Trump said in a statement.  “They’ve been horribly treated,” Trump said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network anchor David Brody. “Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough, to get into the United States?”        ​Click here to read

Yazidi and Christian leaders told me “what happened to us was beyond imagination”

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Nearby, in Shikhan, a Yazidi town in Kurdistan’s Nineveh the Baba Shieikh  – the 87-year-old spiritual leader of the Yazidis – told me that his pleas for help from the international community had fallen on deaf ears.  Click here to read  

Amanda Bowman is the Founder of The Anglosphere Society. 

Prince Charles Delivers Easter Message on Christian Persecution

Ronald S. Lauder remarks: The Crisis for Christians in the Middle East

Sheen Center for Thought and Culture, New York   Dec. 5, 2016

Syria's "War After ISIS" Begins as Turkey Attacks U.S. Anti-ISIS Partner

​By Jennifer Cafarella and Elizabeth Teoman with Bradley Hanlon

Key Takeaway: Turkey launched an air-ground operation against the American partner force in Syria, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), in Afrin district northwest of Aleppo City on January 20th, 2018. Turkey’s goal is to extend its buffer zone along the Syrian-Turkish border. Click here to read

Brownback Confirmation Comes at a Crucial Time for Religious Freedom Worldwide

​By Lou Ann Sabatier

The resignation announcement comes the day after Brownback was confirmed as President Trump's Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom.   Overland Park, Kan., native and Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer will takeover for Brownback as governor.   ​Click here to read

Readout of The Vice President's Call with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi Of Iraq

​By Vice President Mike Pence

Vice President Mike Pence spoke today with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi of Iraq. The leaders discussed the Trump Administration’s deep commitment to protect persecuted Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and the greater Middle East, a commitment which is shared by Prime Minister Abadi. They also discussed the upcoming May elections in Iraq, reports of Iran attempting to meddle in Iraq’s election and government formation, and the need to ensure free and fair elections that include Iraq’s citizens displaced by the fight against ISIS. Vice President Pence congratulated Prime Minister Abadi on Iraqi Security Force successes against ISIS and highlighted the continuing great partnership between Iraq’s Security Forces and the U.S. military and coalition partners. The Vice President was pleased to hear more about the re-opening of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region’s airports and the initial payment of some Kurdistan Regional Government salaries. Both leaders expressed looking forward to increased trade and economic ties between Iraq and the United States. 

Saudi Arabia Inks Deal with Vatican to Build Christian Churches

​By Thomas D. Williams, PH.D.

For the first time in history, Saudi Arabia has entered into a joint agreement with the Vatican to build churches for Christians living in the officially Muslim nation.     ​Click here to read

Christianity's prospects of surviving in its birthplace are grim   

​By Perry Chiaramonte

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Merry Christmas, Iraq

​By William McGurn• WSJ

Christians are joyful over Islamic State’s defeat—but they’re worried about Iran.  A few nights from now the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Matti Warda, will celebrate Midnight Mass with his Iraqi flock.

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Help Is on the Way for Middle Eastern Christians

​By Mark Green

When Islamic State captured the Iraqi town of Telskuf four years ago this week, terrorists desecrated the local Chaldean Catholic church and beheaded congregants on the altar. The slaughter was only one episode from the genocide ISIS waged on Christians and other vulnerable religious groups across its so-called caliphate, nearly exterminating some of the region’s most ancient faith communities.   ​Click here to read ~ WSJ Subscription may be required

Debate: International Freedom of Religion or Belief Day

Shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Today is religious freedom day and MPs in the House of Commons held an important and well informed debate that should be widely shared. From Nigeria to Pakistan, from China to Burma, MPs highlighted shocking stories of genocide, persecution, discrimination and crimes against humanity. Read it here    Click here to read

The Ongoing Muslim Persecution of Christians

By Casey Chalk

In Afghanistan, for example, hundreds of Christians have fled in the face of an extremist, intolerant Taliban who would almost certainly murder them. Last month, Muslim militants in Uganda murdered a 58-year-old Protestant pastor.  Click here to read  

Life in Egypt for a Christian Woman: ‘Easy Prey’

​By Engy Magdy

To be a woman in a country where most of her people see women as a disgrace, and at best look at her from a sexual point of view, it is a heavy burden, but even worse when you are a Christian woman. It is hell!  To be a Coptic woman, you are under many grievances by society and church alike. Coptic women in Egypt face two dilemmas: gender as a female and religion as Christians.   ​Click here to read

** Nightmare of the Christian mother that Britain refuses to give sanctuary to -click to read

Egyptian Christians Bury Dead After Islamists Massacre Pilgrims

Coptic Christians in the Egyptian city of Minya prepared to bury their dead on Saturday, a day after militants ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery, killing seven and wounding 19.

Click here to read       Additional Story "Coptic Solidarity Condemns Ruthless Attack On Coptic Pilgrims"-- click here to read

A world indifferent to genocide   

​By Timothy Cardinal Dolan and Ron Lauder

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Nina Shea quoted - U.S. gathering on religious freedom sets up competing narratives

​By  Nahal Toosi and Lorraine Woellert 

The U.S. will host a first-of-its-kind gathering on international religious freedom next week, an assembly being hailed by evangelical voters who helped propel President Donald Trump into office. The three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom has become the hottest ticket in Washington, with more than 80 countries sending delegations, hundreds of rights activists attending, and a number of others being shut out for political reasons as well as lack of space.   ​Click here to read

Drawing on faith: Portrait artist brings attention to plight of Mideast Christians

By John Burger 

This past week, churches and other institutions around to world have been observing Courage in Red Week, to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians.      Click here to read

World’s First Shrine Dedicated to Persecuted Christians - Our Lady of Aradin “Mother of the Persecuted Church” 

​Letter His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan - Archbishop of New York

Cardinal Dolan wrote, “How timely, and how relevant, that we welcome our Mother to the heart of New York.”

Dolan: Persecution of Christians a ‘kitchen table’ topic for U.S. Catholics 

​By Christopher White

The persecution of Christians around the world has become a “kitchen table topic” for Catholics, according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. While Dolan acknowledged that Christians were slow “to answer the alarm clock,” he offered high praise for the current level of engagement of U.S. Christians in responding to the needs of Christians overseas, particularly in the Middle East.  Click here to read

100 Iranian Christians Waiting to Enter U.S. Could Be Sent Back to Iran This Week

​By Susan Crabtree

U.S. government action could send 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Vienna back to Iran this week, where their return during the harsh government crackdown on dissidents could target them for further persecution, human rights activists warn.    ​Click here to read

Is the West finally pushing Saudi Arabia to squelch its version of radical Islam?

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

The West is showing evidence of a newly stiffened spine in the face of Saudi Arabian influence on Islamic culture – and none too soon.  The world heard the get-tough rhetoric of President Trump last May in the Saudi capital of Riyadh when he admonished Muslim leaders to begin “honestly confronting the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires.”   ​Click here to read

US should aid religious minorities abroad directly, without going through the UN   

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

​The Trump administration’s National Security Strategy Report unveiled this week makes it a priority to “protect religious freedom and religious minorities” abroad. This is an integral part of the new U.S. strategy to champion American values around the world.  To make this happen, the administration should start by ending the United Nations’ role as middleman for distributing U.S. aid to the world’s needy.  ​Click here to read

Prince Charles: I am heartbroken at Christian persecution in Middle East

​By Harry Farley 

The Prince of Wales has spoken of his heartbreak at Christian persecution in the Middle East as he called on believers in the UK to step up their response to the crisis.  In a moving speech Prince Charles said Christians in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the Middle East face 'troubled times' and 'desperate trials' as he urged prayers for those 'forced to leave their homes in the face of the most brutal persecution on account of their faith'.   Click here to read

Pence Demands USAID Break Through Bureaucratic Gridlock to Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis

​By Susan Crabtree

Incensed over bureaucratic attempts to thwart a direct White House executive order, Vice President Mike Pence is dispatching U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green to Iraq to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are going to help save Christian and Yazidi communities decimated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  ​Click here to read

** Venice illuminated in red for Asia Bibi, persecuted Christians - click to read

USCIRF Condemns Mistreatment of Religious Prisoner of Conscience Golrokh Iraee in Iran     

By The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

“USCIRF is appalled by Iran’s ceaseless persecution of Golrokh Iraee, a peaceful activist who has been isolated from her loved ones for months without cause,” said USCIRF Chair Gayle Manchin...   Click here to read  

Why Christians Need Self Rule in Iraq

​By Uzay Bulut

On March 8, three members of an Assyrian Christian family -- Dr. Hisham Maskoni, his wife, Dr. Shadha Malik Dano, and her elderly mother -- were stabbed to death in their home in Baghdad. The two doctors, who had left Iraq, the country of their birth, in 2003, returned five years ago to work at St. Raphael Hospital in the capital.    ​Click here to read

Iran: One of the bravest women in the world stands up for freedom -- The West should stand with her

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

In Iran, a young woman with a growing Twitter reputation as the world’s bravest proponent of women’s rights is now reported to be facing serious criminal charges in that repressive theocracy for a single act of peaceful defiance -- appearing in public without a head scarf.  Click here to read

Life Returning Slowly to Christian Homeland in Iraq

By Kenneth R. Timmerman

Christians are gradually returning to their historic homeland in northern Iraq, after three years of ISIS occupation.  The lucky ones managed to flee before the ISIS onslaught in the pre-dawn hours of August 6, 2014, and returned to find their houses intact.    Click here to read

A rabbi's warning to U.S. Christians


I am certainly not a Churchill. I am not even a Revel. I am having enough trouble just trying to be a Lapin. But I am issuing a very serious warning about deep consequences, just as they did.    ​Click here to read

English Priest With an Iraqi Heart: Meet Father Benedict Kiely 

By K.V. Turley 

“In August 2014 while I was parish priest in Stowe, Vermont, ISIS swept across the Nineveh Plain; and, as a consequence, for the first time in 2000 years, there would be no Mass at Mosul.   Click here to read  

An "Unimaginable Nightmare": The Abduction, Rape, and Forced Conversion of Christian Girls in Egypt

By Raymond Ibrahim

The kidnapping, sexual abuse and forced conversion of Christian women and girls in Egypt — a "particularly vulnerable group to exploitation" that is quietly living an "unimaginable nightmare" — is rampant, with no signs of easing up.   Click here to read  

Iranian Christians, Other Religious Minorities, Turn to Austria for Help After U.S. Denies Asylum

​By Susan Crabtree

A displaced group of Iranian Christians and other religious minorities persecuted in their homeland are pleading with the Austrian government and Catholic authorities in Vienna not to send them back to Iran after the United States rejected their applications for asylum earlier this week.  ​Click here to read

Pope Francis Prepares to Visit Iraq, Despite Covid-19 and Security Fears

By Francis X. Rocca  in Rome and Ghassan Adnan in Baghdad

Pope Francis this week begins a visit to Iraq, choosing for his first international trip since before the pandemic a country struggling with terrorist attacks and a spike in Covid-19 cases.   Click here to read  

The Next Big Threat to Iraq’s Christians

By Carl Anderson

Erbil, Iraq  -  Before visiting Iraq last month, I met with Pope Francis. He told me that “a Middle East without Christians is not the Middle East.” Click here to read - Subscription may be required

Discovering Mother Mary in northern Iraq after ISIS

By Kevin Clarke

Travelers visiting Iraqi Kurdistan for the first time may be surprised by the giant statue of the Virgin Mary at this busy square not far from the U.S. consulate, but Erbil is known for its ethnic and religious diversity, and Ankawa is a largely Christian community.     

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New Iraqi Leader Vows to 'Support Christians'  

​By World Watch Monitor

 The Patriarchate also said that Sako told Sadr he hoped for a government that promotes the common good of all the Iraqi people. According to the Patriarchate, Sadr thanked Sako for his words and pledged to “support Christians”, the Vatican-linked news agency Fides reported.  ​Click here to read

Missionary Priest Says Plight of Iraq’s Christians Continues to Worsen

By Edward Pentin

Father Benedict Kiely has just returned from northern Iraq to ascertain the current plight facing what remains of the country’s ancient Christian community there and discover what can be done to help them.     Click here to read  

Nina Shea quoted- Washington Post: Under pressure from Pence, U.S. aid is directed to Christian, Yazidi communities in Iraq

​By Carol Morello

“Why would you not give aid on the basis of creed if it’s genocide based on creed,” said Nina Shea, head of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute and a leader of the coalition advocating for more aid.    ​Click here to read

Strengthening the ties between the United States, United Kingdom, and the English speaking world.

A new kindergarten breathes life into a devastated Iraq community

By Kevin Clarke

Many of the children in this kindergarten in Qaraqosh, Iraq, were infants when Daesh stormed this Christian city in the early morning hours of Aug. 7, 2014. They are lucky that way at least; they will never remember the night of terror their parents and other family members experienced as they fled the city.      Click here to read

The Islamist War on Coptics Is Impossible to Overlook

By Imam Tawhidi

Growing up as a young Muslim boy in Australia, our family doctor was a Coptic Christian. Today, my personal doctor is also a Coptic, and while being greatly involved in interfaith diplomacy, I have met hundreds of Copts.   ​Click here to read

Today is a fateful anniversary that should be remembered throughout the world.

​By David Alton

As Nina Shea, one of the world’s leading campaigners against genocide  reminds us, in the summer of 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) militants attacked the city of Mosul and then continued an assault across the Nineveh Plains. They devastated the historic homelands of the Christian and Yezidis, displacing more than 100,000 people in a matter of days.   ​Click here to read

The Lessons of the Asia Bibi Case

By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

Asia Bibi, the Catholic mother imprisoned in Pakistan for nine years and condemned to hang for violating that country’s strict blasphemy law, has drawn broad sympathy throughout the West.       ​Click here to read

Poll measures US Catholic perception of Christian persecution around the world

​By Religion News LLC

Forty percent of US Catholics believe that Christian persecution around the world is “severe.” Four-in-ten Catholics say that half or more of religiously-based attacks around the world are directed at Christians.  However, US Catholics say they are less concerned about Christian persecution than about human trafficking, poverty, climate change, and the global refugee crisis.   ​Click here to read

Living With Genocide: Four Years After ISIS Attacked

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Turkey Turns On Its Christians


While Christians make up less than half a percent of Turkey’s population, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Reconciliation Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AKP) depict them as a grave threat to the stability of the nation.  ​Click here to read

Pope Francis’ Mosul Moment

By Javier Martínez-Brocal

I have covered three popes and joined countless papal voyages around the world. These journeys are thoughtfully planned months, sometimes years, in advance.  Click here to read  

Nina Shea quoted - Persecution of Andrew Brunson, John Cao Shared at Religious Freedom Ministerial

​By Morgan Lee

The first victim of religious persecution to share their story today at the US State Department’s first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom couldn’t share it in person.   ​Click here to read

The U.S. Is Not a Serious Ally, Say Middle Eastern Christians

​By Benedict Kiely

Mosul, Iraq — It’s not the crushed buildings, open bomb craters, or even the bloodstained floors where the bodies of ISIS fighters have been rotting since the liberation of the Old City of Mosul that shock especially. It is the clumps of beard hair in the ruined churches.    ​Click here to read

US Vatican envoy calls religious freedom a national security issue

​By John L. Allen Jr.

Vowing that the United States “will not stand by as spectators” while religious freedom is violated around the world, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the U.S. will host the first-ever “Ministerial,” or summit of ministry-level officials, on religious freedom in Washington July 25-26.     ​Click here to read

We need an international day for victims of religious persecution

By  Lord Alton of Liverpool

The international community has failed miserably in its response to the crimes against humanity inflicted upon religious minorities in Syria, Iraq and Burma.  Those responsible scoff at the notion that they will ever be brought to justice.    ​Click here to read

Watch 2015 Video: The amazing response of the Egyptian Christians whose loved ones were beheaded by ISIS has inspired a solidarity movement for those suffering for Christ in the Middle East.

The end of Iraqi Christianity?

By John Pontifex

Any further deterioration in relations between Iran and the West could lead to the end of Christianity in the region  Click here to read  

Iraqi Christian hits Pope’s 'submissive' policy on tolerance for Islam, other religions

​By Hollie McKay 

Iraq’s Christian community, still struggling to pick up the pieces of a genocidal ISIS campaign to wipe them from their ancestral homeland, are speaking up against Pope Francis and the Vatican for not doing enough to support their struggle for survival.  ​Click here to read

Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq in March after getting a Covid vaccine

By Gerard O’Connell

In news that took most Vatican officials and observers by surprise given the ongoing global spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will visit Iraq on March 5-8, 2021.   Click here to read  

Countdown to death of Christianity in parts of Middle East ticking ever louder  - A report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2017–19

By  ACN Aid to the Church in Need International

“They did evil things to us. They beat us and raped us. The worst of all was girls aged nine who were raped.”  These are the words of Rita Habib, a Christian woman from Iraq’s Nineveh Plains.      Click here to read  

Why Russia is slaughtering Syrian civilians again

By Tom Rogan

The Trump administration should confront Vladimir Putin and Bashar Assad's escalating slaughter of Syrian civilians.  It's a newly urgent concern in the face of an escalating Syrian-Russian offensive in Syria's western Idlib governate.  Click here to read  

Pence promise fulfilled: US changes rules on the UN to help Christian and minority victims of 'genocide' in Iraq

​By  George Russell 

Help appears finally to be on the way to thousands of desperate Christian, Yazidi and other minority refugees in northern Iraq, more than two months after Vice President Mike Pence promised last October 25 to  “stop funding ineffective relief efforts at the United Nations” and “provide support directly to persecuted communities through USAID.”  ​Click here to read

With Burning Concern

By Fr. Benedict Kiely

All across the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity, the Christian population is rapidly disappearing.   Click here to read  

Why are US aid policies in Iraq helping Iran and hurting Christian and Yazidi minorities?   

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

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Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

Nina Shea, director of Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom and co chair of its Working Group on Religious Pluralism in the Middle East, attends the Oval Office bill signing yesterday.

Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS

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America shouldn't send endangered religious minority refugees back to Iran

​By Nina Shea (Nina Shea is a Board Member of TAS) 

Scores of members of Iranian religious minorities left their homeland more than a year ago at Washington’s invitation with the intention of coming to America. But now they may be barred from the U.S. for security reasons and could be placed in imminent danger of deportation back to the Islamic dictatorship – where they likely would face persecution, or even imprisonment and death.  

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Pope fears for Christian presence in Mideast

​By France 24

Pope Francis on Saturday voiced concern that Christians will disappear from the Middle East amid "murderous indifference," as church leaders from Syria and Lebanon called on Western states to help return Syrian refugees.  The Argentine Pope was addressing the leaders of almost all the Middle Eastern churches gathered in the port city of Bari to pray for peace in the region.    Click here to read

Terrorists Call for Killing Jews -- from UN HQ in Gaza

By Bassam Tawil

Leaders of several Palestinian factions are again calling for stepping up terrorist attacks against Jews.    Click here to read  

Even after ISIS is defeated, Muslim extremists prevent Iraqi Christians from returning to their homes

​By URagheb Elias Karash

What is the current situation of the Christian community on the Nineveh Plains and in Mosul? How many Christians have returned to the region in the wake of the ouster of ISIS?   ​Click here to read

Cardinal Filoni: Iraqi Christians Have the Fundamental Human Right to Remain on Their Historic Lands 

By Solène Tadié 

His decision not to leave his nunciature during the 2003 Battle of Baghdad earned him the nickname of “Nuncio Courage” in the country.  Click here to read  

Pope praying in November: Dialogue and reconciliation in Mideast

‘The Destruction of Sacred Places in the Middle East and what cultural genocide means for the region’s living stones and Will religious freedom survive in north east Syria? 

Shared by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Christian Holy Sites and Holy Places In The Middle East  --- Prominent Middle Eastern Christian leaders – including the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, were among the other speakers.    Click here to read  

Joint Letter Sent Today To the Foreign Secretary about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria.

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

Dear Foreign Secretary,  We, the undersigned, write to you to draw your attention to the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and the urgent need to continue delivering aid to those who need it the most. Click here to read  

In the wake of ISIS: Seeking to restore what is right and good for the Yazidis

​By  Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.)

In May of 2016, Navy Seal Charlie Keating was embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in an area of Northern Iraq known as the Nineveh Plain.  Christians, Yazidis, and the Shabak sect of Shia Islam all call the area home, forming a unique cultural mosaic, a centuries-old tapestry of religious diversity. ISIS targeted these communities for genocidal extermination.   ​Click here to read

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Genocide in Iraq was also about attempts to destroy identity, memory, language, and the ethnicity and beliefs of ancient peoples. 

By Lord Alton of Liverpool

But there are signs of hope as brave communities refuse to die or let their remarkable history be eradicated in the contemporary Dark Ages of ISIS. Ankawa was once an Iraqi Christian village in Kurdistan and is close to Irbil.  Click here to read  

"A Pure Genocide": Extremist Persecution of Christians

By Raymond Ibrahim

In what the Christian Association of Nigeria called a "pure genocide," 238 more Christians were killed and churches desecrated by Muslims throughout the month of June.      Click here to read

Anglosphere Society to host summit on defending Middle East Christians

The cradle of Christianity risks being eradicated and should be of compelling concern to Christians of all denominations. The Anglosphere Society is convening experts in various disciplines to present a clear-eyed analysis of the challenges that face our fellow Christians in the Middle East in the post-ISIS era.

The Economist headlined a recent article about the liberation of Raqqa in Syria from ISIS last month this way: “To the victors, the toils.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Bishops Mark Nov. 26 as Day of Prayer for Persecuted Christians


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USAID Shifts on Aid to Christians, Yazidis in Iraq

​By Susan Crabtree

USAID, responding to pressure late last year from Vice President Mike Pence, announced today that it is altering its policies in order to ensure that millions of dollars in U.S. aid appropriated by Congress reaches Iraqi religious minorities.  ​Click here to read

A plan to end the suffering 

​By TAS Founder Amanda Bowman

Following the liberation of Raqqa, the Economist headlined an article “To the victors, the toils”. While we can all rejoice that the blood-soaked reign of ISIS terror has ended, the challenges facing Christians returning to their homes are certainly daunting.  For one thing, there are far fewer of them.    Click here to read

USPope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as ‘saints of all Christians’   

By Hannah Brockhaus/CNA

In a video message for the “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” Feb. 15, the pope said, “I hold in my heart that baptism of blood, those twenty-one men baptized as Christians with water and the Spirit.”  Click here to read  

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Let Iraqi Christians Inspire You

By Kathryn Jean Lopez

A year ago this month, Pope Francis fulfilled a desire of John Paul II, which was to visit the Christian people of Iraq, the cradle of Christianity. These Iraqi Christians were trying to get the world to pay attention to the ISIS genocide of Christians and other religious minorities, and many Americans were surprised that there were any Christians there. They’ve been massacred. But they are still there. And with no small help from the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil has been able to open a university and a hospital and really give the people — many of whom fled from Mosul when it was under ISIS attack — some hope that they and their children have a future in Iraq. Click here to read