Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/31/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

Iraqi Christians face genocide as they are chased from their homes in Northern Iraq.

The plight of Iraq's Christians has now lasted longer than a decade, and recent militant uprisings in Mosul threaten to expunge the neighboring Chaldean-Assyrian-Syriac villages. Iraqi Christians have fled Mosul in droves, but some remain behind, awaiting their inevitably gruesome fate. As entire families risk slaughter, tensions between Sunni militants are beginning to show as not all of the Muslims support what the Islamic State is preparing to do.

Christians in Mosul embrace one another as they are forced to leave absolutely everything behind at gunpoint.

Christians in Mosul embrace one another as they are forced to leave absolutely everything behind at gunpoint.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

7/31/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iraq, Christian, ISIS, IS, ISIL, Islamic State, militants, Catholic

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Reports continue to come in that Christians, predominantly Catholic, have arrived in Kurdish-held territory in northern Iraq. The great majority have arrived in the provinces of Irbil and Dohuk and have been sent to refugee camps. Kurdish officials have promised to protect Christians who arrive there. According to the U.N., about 400 families have arrived as of yesterday and more are believed to be on their way, all traveling on foot. Some local volunteers have driven out to meet and pick up refugees in their cars.

Virtually all of them have arrived with nothing, not even food or water. A significant number of victims attempted to flee by car with their possessions intact, but were stopped at checkpoints and ordered out. Those thought to be Christians or anyone leaving the city was searched and their vehicle and property confiscated, even down to wedding rings.

Sign the petition now and stay informed as this situation develops.  GOAL - 25,000 signatures.

Absolutely nothing of value except the clothing on their backs has been left to these Christians. A new holocaust is brewing.

As Islamic State terrorists moved into Mosul, they branded the doors of all Christian houses with red paint, the vast majority of them belonging to Catholic Christians who have lived in the region since the time of Christ's death. This is not unlike the Nazi branding of Jewish homes and businesses.

On Friday, Christians were warned to flee or to pay a punishing tax, or to convert to Islam, and they were given until Saturday to meet the deadline. Most chose to flee. It is uncertain how many remain. Even those that convert or pay the tax will likely be subject to persecution.

Some remained and did nothing, and since then it is unclear what, if anything has happened to them. They remain in the city under the threat of death.

The Islamic State(IS) terrorists will have no problem carrying out their orders to kill if so directed. Already, IS terrorists have committed vast atrocities which include torture and mass murder. A stoning also reportedly occurred in an IS controlled region of Syria.

The Islamic State intends to provide Muslims with a theocratic state governed by conservative Islamic law. Catholics have Vatican City, the Jews, Israel, and now Muslims the Islamic State. Unfortunately, the laws espoused by the militant leadership include draconian justice ripped right from the 7th century A.D.

Additionally, the IS has already made clear it intends to expand, and terrorists have previously attempted takeovers of other regions in Iraq. These attempts have been halted for the moment, but mostly because the Islamic State is consolidating its power in the areas it controls. The IS has not been checked or pushed back by Iraq which lacks the firepower and training to resist. There are widespread reports of Iraqi desertions in the face of IS terror attacks.

The Islamic State is also being reinforced with the arrival of newly recruited fighters from around the globe.

Former elements of the military and government, previously loyal to Saddam Hussein, himself a Sunni, have also aligned themselves with the Islamic State, however they have stopped short of condoning the Islamic State's use of violence to convert people to Islam. In fact, they have distanced themselves from the IS, saying they do not support the division of Iraq by sect or any other measure, but they are a minority.

Most of the people in the region are silent on what's happening to their Christian neighbors, after all, they're not Christian and nobody wants to run afoul of the IS terrorists who now run the city. This silent majority will now permit the conduct of a fresh human genocide, news of which we may hear any day.

Meanwhile, for Iraqi Christians who have fled only to be jammed into crowded refugee camps, they have left everything behind. Every family heirloom, every child's toy, even wedding rings, Bibles, and religious artifacts have been abandoned or stolen.

"Don't even dream of coming back"
one IS terrorist told a family once they had been stripped of everything.

Your Catholic Voice Foundation will take measures to support these Christians as details and logistics are worked out. Until then, you can sign up to stay informed and petition the world to pay attention to this crisis developing in the new, evil and illegitimate, Islamic State.

The time has come for us to stand in solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters in the region. Please click here to sign the form in protest of what is happening and ask the world to pay attention to the genocide in the region.


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'

Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2015
That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.
Evangelization: That with a missionary spirit the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.


More Middle East

Evidence mounts: U.S. supplying ISIS, herding fighters towards Syria to attack Assad Watch

Image of A fighter poses with what is reported to be to be U.S. supplies.

By David Drudge (California Network)

The pattern is becoming even clearer. Obama is supplying ISIS in Syria, while bombing them in Iraq. It is becoming apparent that the Obama administration is using the military to nudge ISIS towards Assad as part of its ongoing campaign to reshape the Middle East. LOS ... continue reading

How to balance compassion with security concerns with influx of Syrian refugees Watch

Image of In the wake of the attacks, U.S. Catholic bishops have asked Americans not to scapegoat all Syrian refugees as possible terrorists and to remember their dire humanitarian plight.

By Matt Hadro, CNA/EWTN News

As the U.S. plans to increase its intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 next year, Americans - including Catholics - are trying to balance national security concerns with compassion for the refugees. Washington D.C. (CNA) - "Americans need to understand that ... continue reading

The one thing ISIS is afraid of - and it's not what you think! Watch

Image of Nicolas Hénin was an ISIS hostage for ten months, during which he observed the remarkable ignorance of Islam extremists.


In a blog written by Nicolas Hénin, posted to, Hénin wrote what life was like as an ISIS hostage, and revealed the one thing ISIS fears most. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - During his ten-month captivity, Hénin observed the extremist view of ... continue reading

UPDATE: Did the U.S. military actually know they were bombing the Doctors Without Borders hospital full of innocent people? Watch

Image of The burned Doctors Without Borders hospital following explosions in the city of Kunduz, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 (Médecins Sans Frontières/AP).


In a log released by Doctors Without Borders on Thursday for a report on the October 3 bombing of its Kunduz, Afghanistan medical facility, it was revealed that the United States military was aware the building was not in use as a Taliban headquarters. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

You won't believe what happened to these misguided teens who joined ISIS Watch

Image of Sabina Selimovic was only 15-years-old when she disappeared from her home in Austria and resurfaced as a married woman in Syria after joining ISIS.


Two Austrian teenagers joined ISIS and became "poster girls" last year. Since then, one has been reportedly beaten to death during an attempt to escape Syria, while the other has been declared missing. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The teenagers, Samra Kesinovic ... continue reading

'A stab in the back': Putin accuses Turkey of treachery after Russian warplane shot down Watch

Image of Turkey claims it warned Russian plane ten times before shooting down the Russian warplane (Getty Images).


Russian warplane ignored ten warnings and repeatedly violated Turkey's airspace before being shot down in what Russian president Vladimir Putin has deemed an act of treachery. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Putin claims the downed plane will result in "serious ... continue reading

Russia kills 472 ISIS targets over the weekend Watch

Image of A French Rafale fighter jet takes off (AFP/Getty Images).


This weekend, France launched their first fighter jet attacks on ISIS from their Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier. They used Rafale fighter jets to carry out their mission, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 500 ISIS targets within a two-day span. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading

Writer visits the Islamic State, what he reports will chill you and give you nightmares Watch

Image of Islam is on the march once again, and they do not plan to stop this time.


German author Jürgen Todenhöfer spent 10 days in the Islamic State, interviewing its fighters and working to understand their aims and ambitions. What he learned will chill you to the bone and give you nightmares. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Jürgen ... continue reading

Will this make a difference? ISIS' money source hit with Russian airstrikes Watch

Image of Islamist State oil tanker trucks in Syria in particular are being sought by Russian warplanes. Russia's increased involvement is largely in retaliation for the down passenger jet that killed all 224 people onboard.


Ever since Islamic State took credit for downing a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been using his fighter jets in surgical and precise airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Syria. The strategy is intended to ... continue reading

What role does the U.S. government really play in ISIS attacks? Iranian Supreme Leader makes alarming connections Watch

Image of It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins.


It is an extremely bold claim, one that has its roots in radical thought: Modern warfare is waged by the creation of an enemy that is funded and supported before the conflict begins. That is what the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declares. On ... continue reading

All Middle East News


Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • St. Catherine Laboure: Saint of the Day for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • The Miracle Prayer HD Video
  • Prayer For Courage HD Video
  • Daily Readings for Saturday, November 28, 2015
  • A special look into the inspirational meeting between Pope Francis ...
  • Evidence mounts: U.S. supplying ISIS, herding fighters towards Syria ...
  • Your Daily Inspirational Meme: God is good

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Daniel 7:2-14
2 Daniel said, 'I have been seeing visions in the night. I saw that the ... Read More

Psalm, Daniel 3:75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81
75 Bless the Lord, mountains and hills, praise and glorify him for ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:29-33
29 And he told them a parable, 'Look at the fig tree and indeed every ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 27th, 2015 Image

St. James Intercisus
November 27: James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of ... Read More