Catholic Church in Iraq

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The modern history of Catholicism in Iraq began in the 17th century when Emir Afrasiyab of Basra allowed the Portuguese to build a church outside of the city

There are over 300,000 Catholics living in Iraq, just 0.95% of the total population. The Catholics of Iraq follow several different rites, but most are members of the Chaldean Catholic Church. There are 17 currently active dioceses and eparchies in Iraq.

In 2019, the Archbishop of Erbil, in Kuridstan, warned that Catholicism and Christianity in general was in danger of becoming 'extinct' in Iraq due to persistent persecution from militant Islamic groups such as Daesh.[1]

Dioceses and Eparchies[2][3][edit]


  1. ^ Gardner, Frank (23 May 2019). "Iraq's Christians 'close to extinction'". BBC News.
  2. ^ Catholic Dioceses in Iraq
  3. ^ Catholic-Hierarchy: Current Dioceses in Iraq

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