Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/8/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (

'We are gravely concerned for their health and safety,' White House says

The welfare of Iraq's Christian minority has grown even worse -- The Islamic State jihadist group captured Qaraqosh, where a fourth of Iraq's Christians resides, after the withdrawal of Kurdish forces. That city's Christians are reported fleeing after Islamic militants seized the minority group's biggest town.

Tens of thousands of religious minorities have been forced to flee since IS has launched its onslaught.

Tens of thousands of religious minorities have been forced to flee since IS has launched its onslaught.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

8/8/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iraq, IS, Qaraqosh, Christians

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In response to the grave developments, the United States has warned that the situation for Iraq's minority groups threatens to become a "humanitarian catastrophe.

"We are gravely concerned for their health and safety," White House spokesman Josh Earnest says.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

Many of the Iraqi Christians who fled the violence have arrived in the Kurdish city of Erbil.

Many of the Iraqi Christians who fled the violence have arrived in the Kurdish city of Erbil.

Earnest refused to confirm a New York Times report that the U.S. is considering air strikes to help the Yazidi community, another minority group in northern Iraq.

The jihadist terrorist group has been gaining ground in northern Iraq since June, as well as controlling some of Syria.

About 50,000 Yazidis are thought to have been trapped in the mountains after fleeing the town of Sinjar. The United Nations says that some of them have since been rescued.


Iraq's Christian population has plummeted in recent years.

The United Nations Security Council is due to meet in emergency session this week to discuss the situation.

Tens of thousands of religious minorities have been forced to flee since IS has launched its onslaught. IS says it has created an Islamic state in the territory it controls.

There is even more chaos and displacement as a majority of Nineveh inhabitants left their homes overnight, according to Fraternite en Irak, an international Christian organization based in Paris.

IS is also thought to be behind a string of car bombs in Baghdad on Wednesday.

IS is also thought to be behind a string of car bombs in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Several senior clergymen in Nineveh confirmed the town had fallen. "It's a catastrophe, a tragic situation: tens of thousands of terrified people are being displaced as we speak," Joseph Thomas, the Chaldean archbishop of the northern city of Kirkuk says.

As many as 100,000 people are believed to be fleeing toward the autonomous Kurdistan Region.

In the meantime, Pope Francis has made an impassioned appeal to the international community to do much more to address the crisis.

A Vatican statement said the Pope had appealed for "all necessary help" to be given to those forced to flee their homes, "whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others."


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

Shocking propaganda clip from ISIS mimics popular video game - with REAL casualties Watch

Image of A drone camera shows armed fighters dressed in black piling into tanks and vehicles.


A new propaganda video from Nusra Front takes some visual cues from the decadent West and follows the stylebook of the popular video game "Call of Duty" - with an important difference. The targets shot in this "game" are real fatalities, with as many as 23 ... continue reading

Heartbreaking true story of American allies in Iraq denied citizenship for 'security-related reasons' Watch

Image of Iraqi allies are responsible for navigating U.S. troops through unknown terrain and have helped journalists, aid workers and diplomats survive, but the United States refuses known allies citizenship based on matters


In a heartbreaking opinion piece,'s investigations editor Christine Spolar laments America's refusal to allow Iraqi allies citizenship. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "I spoke to two Iraqis, former colleagues who had risked their lives for Americans, to ... continue reading

CRYBABY KILLER: Islamic State fighter breaks down in tears after being captured -- on video Watch

Image of The prisoner, in civilian clothing seems to have his hands bound behind his back, his eyes covered with a blindfold.


Despite the fact that they frequently attack unarmed women and children, the Islamist State terrorist group likes to provide an image to the world that they are unrepentant, fearless warriors. Part of that image was tarnished with the discovery of a video of an ... continue reading

GRAPHIC IMAGES: Islamic extremist shown being BLOWN UP while making propaganda video Watch

Image of A bearded Islamic fighter, identified as some as being Ajnad al-Sham, gives a propaganda speech to the camera as a bomb drops from the sky, destroying him.


It at first appears to be a horrible, horrible TV comedy sketch. A bearded Islamic fighter, identified as some as being Ajnad al-Sham, gives a propaganda speech to the camera as a bomb drops from the sky, destroying him. The agonized cries of both him and his camera ... continue reading

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

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

  • Pope Francis on condoms, fundamentalism and more
  • Daily Readings for Wednesday, December 02, 2015
  • Untrained AirAsia pilots takes blame for 162 passenger deaths ...
  • Prayer For Faith HD Video
  • St. Bibiana: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, December 02, 2015
  • You won't believe what happened to this pair of infant twins!
  • Parents' Prayer For Their Children HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 11:1-10
1 A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse, a new shoot will grow from ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 72:1, 7-8, 12-13, 17
1 [Of Solomon] God, endow the king with your own fair judgement, the son ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 10:21-24
21 Just at this time, filled with joy by the Holy Spirit, he said, 'I ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 1st, 2015 Image

St. Eligius
December 1: Eligius (also known as Eloi) was born around 590 ... Read More