Longtime war reporter Janine di Giovanni has covered conflicts for three decades and counting, from Bosnia to Rwanda. Yet when she visited northern Iraq after the fall of ISIS there, what stood out was a peaceful moment.
On her last day in Nineveh Governorate, she climbed uphill to enter the ancient Chaldean Christian monastery of Rabban Hormizd. She heard a voice singing in Aramaic – the language of Jesus. She followed the sound through a labyrinth of stone passageways into a small room. Finally, she encountered its source: an Iraqi-Australian priest named Father Isaac Royel, who was reciting evensong at twilight with his wife.