After historic whirlwind visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

BAGHDAD (AP) – Pope Francis on Monday wrapped up his historic whirlwind tour of Iraq that sought to bring hope to the country’s marginalized Christian minority with a message of…

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric hold historic, symbolic meeting

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq (AP) – Pope Francis and Iraq’s top Shiite cleric delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence Saturday, urging Muslims in the war-weary Arab nation to embrace…

Pope begins first-ever papal visit to Iraq, urges Christians to help rebuild country

Pope Francis landed Friday in Iraq to start his long-anticipated visit to the country on a mission to encourage the minority Christian population, ignoring health and security concerns as the…

Pope Francis goes to Iraq to rally fading Christians amid pandemic

BAGHDAD — Pope Francis heads to Iraq on Friday to urge the country’s dwindling number of Christians to stay put and help rebuild the country after years of war and…

Ahead of Pope visit, survivor recalls Christian church massacre in Iraq

It began like any other Sunday in the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad for worshipper Louis Climis. That day nearly 11 years ago would end with blood-stained pews,…

Pope Francis will still travel to Iraq despite rocket attack: ‘We can’t disappoint’

Pope Francis is pushing ahead with the first papal trip to Iraq despite rising coronavirus infections, hoping to encourage the country’s dwindling number of Christians who were violently persecuted during the Islamic State’s insurgency while seeking…

Iraq rocket fire targets base hosting US, coalition forces: report

An air base in Iraq that hosts U.S., Iraqi and coalition troops was targeted Wednesday as multiple rockets struck the facility, according to a report. At least 10 rockets struck…

Pope Francis’ planned Iraq trip sparks security, health fears

So much rests upon Pope Francis‘ shoulders. So many hopes are pinned on his historic trip to Iraq.  Add to the formidable pressure of lifting spirits in a war-torn country, there is a…

Threat level raised for US troops in Iraq; American contractors put on high alert

EXCLUSIVE — The Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve has raised the threat level for US service members in Iraq, while US contractors at Balad Air Base were put on…

Iraq rocket attack kills contractor, wounds US service member, coalition says

A rocket attack at a U.S.-led military base in Kurdish northern Iraq on Monday killed a civilian contractor and wounded five other people including a U.S. service member, according to…