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In Iraq Christians have been forced to curtail festivities that celebrate the birth of Jesus more than 2000 years ago, one of Christianity's most important feasts.
Human rights groups have called on the Iraqi government to do more to protect the country’s Christian minority from an expected increase in violent attacks.
US church and human rights groups are urging President Obama to fix delays and problems affecting refugees and asylum seekers from war-torn Iraq, especially minorities.
Amnesty International has condemned a call by the Iraqi Interior Minister for the execution of 39 alleged al-Qai’da members who have not yet been tried.
In a pastoral sermon remembering Christians killed recently in Baghdad, William Kenney also recalls the many Muslims who have fled from terror too, and challenges the UK government claim that it is safe for people to be repatriated to Iraq.
A special Mass for all those who have died or been injured in recent weeks in Iraq was held at Westminster Cathedral, in London, yesterday evening.
Christian and Muslim leaders in Britain have joined in support of Christian communities in Iraq following the latest attacks by extremists.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside parliament in Westminster today to call for concerted UK government action to protect Christians in Iraq.
Christian and Muslim leaders and scholars meeting at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva have called for UN action after a "criminal" church attack in Iraq.
Iraqi Christian communities in Britain have arranged a joint remembrance service for the worshippers killed at the Our Lady of Salvation Syrian Catholic Church in Baghdad last weekend.