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African leaders counter Obama's 'ideological colonization' in Kenya

Jul 28, 2015 - 02:25 pm .- U.S. president Barack Obama has come under fire from African politicians and Church leaders after advocating for gay rights in Kenya this weekend – a practice Pope Francis has referred to as “ideological colonization.”

Aleppo archbishop aims to help Christians stay in Syria

Jul 24, 2015 - 06:07 am .- With half of Syria’s population displaced due to its ongoing civil war, Church leaders in the country are seeking to send a message of hope and support for the persecuted Christian minority who have chosen to stay.

Hope for Gaza? Despite a tough year, Catholic aid group says yes

Jul 23, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is helping conflict victims to find new homes.

Less 'euro-centric,' please – what African bishops want from the synod

Jul 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said.

Despite terror attack, Christians in Tunisia have reasons to remain hopeful

Jul 9, 2015 - 01:51 pm .- In the wake of a June 26 terrorist attack on tourists in Tunisia which killed 38 people, one of the country’s leading Catholic priests insisted that the majority of Tunisians are not extremists.

Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria

Jul 7, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya Aziz, who was abducted by militants in Syria on Saturday.

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.

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