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Catholics in Holy Land aggrieved by arson attack on monastery in Israel

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:45 am .- Catholic leaders have been joined by Israeli leaders in their concerned reaction to Thursday's attack on a church located on the Sea of Galilee, which has hospitalized two persons and caused extensive damage.

A new church is consecrated in United Arab Emirates amid hope for peace, dialogue

Jun 18, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The inauguration and blessing of a new parish in the capital of the United Arab Emirates last week was met with jubilation, as the church will be a boon to the thousands of migrant Catholics working and living on the outskirts of the city.

Muslim leaders in Lebanon condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The leaders of four branches of Islam in Lebanon gathered earlier this month to issue a joint statement in the face of sectarianism and the rise of the Islamic State, denouncing attacks against Christians in the region.

For Pakistan Catholics, Mary is protector and bridge for dialogue

Jun 13, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Thousands of faithful gathered to crown Mary at a parish of the Lahore archdiocese last month, bringing prayers for peace, forgiveness and restored cultural harmony in a region where some churches have suffered violent attacks.

Mosul archbishop's plea to the West: Save us from ISIS

Jun 13, 2015 - 07:43 am .- A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and property to some 120,000 exiled Iraqi Christians.

Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Jun 10, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while reaffirming that Christians have a place in the Middle East.

A year after ISIS invasion, religious minorities in Mosul could disappear

Jun 9, 2015 - 03:23 pm .- One year after ISIS invaded Mosul, the Iraqi city’s diverse religious heritage is on the verge of extinction, warned a U.S. government commission on Tuesday.

Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians' faith burns brightly

Jun 9, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens.

Ethiopia's Cardinal Souraphiel brings African family values to the college of cardinals

Jun 7, 2015 - 06:03 am .- Elevated to the rank of cardinal in February, Ethiopian Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa has brought the richness of African values to bear in the College of Cardinals.

African, European bishops' meeting promotes an authentic 'joy of the family'

Jun 5, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A group of bishops from across Africa and Europe met last weekend pledging to redouble their efforts in favor of families, and examining challenges of the 2014 Synod on the Family as well as prospects for the 2015 synod.

For Boko Haram victims – and their babies – Catholics pledge full support

May 28, 2015 - 04:36 pm .- Many escapees of the terrorist group Boko Haram include women and girls who are pregnant as a result of rape, and Nigeria's Catholics have been swift to show solidarity and support for the victims.

Syrian Catholic archdiocese asks prayers for kidnapped priest

May 22, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has asked for prayers for the priest’s safe release.

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors

May 21, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday.

A modern-day St Francis? Archbishop works to rebuild Syrian Church amid destruction

May 15, 2015 - 06:01 am .- A four-year civil war in Syria has left a mounting death toll and displaced millions of persons, but one bishop is staying to rebuild the Church in Aleppo, in the northwest corner of the country.

Pope urges bishops in African nation to oppose violence toward women

May 8, 2015 - 12:56 am .- Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians in the west African nation of Mali to provide a strong witness of the family, and exhorted their bishops to give special attention to the situation of women there.

Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

May 5, 2015 - 04:35 pm .- Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, some 60,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are taking refuge, tucked away in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Ankawa.

Bishop: Boko Haram is spreading to Cameroon – while the world looks the other way

Apr 24, 2015 - 01:23 am .- A bishop in Cameroon has sent out an urgent message that the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is increasingly spreading into his country – but that media around the world are paying no attention.

For Malawi bishops, a new vision to promote excellence in Catholic schools

Apr 22, 2015 - 08:27 pm .- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malawi has launched a new national education policy to promote the education of Catholics and to improve the quality of schools in the country.

Fighting ISIS with a school – Iraqi bishop says education is needed for change

Apr 21, 2015 - 03:58 pm .- Bishop Bashar Matti Warda is the bishop of Erbil, Iraq, one of the dioceses most attacked by ISIS, and where the most Christian refugees have been taken after fleeing the Islamic State.

After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram

Apr 21, 2015 - 02:44 am .- A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.

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