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Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

Aug 26, 2014 - 02:37 am .- As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to meet their needs, an aid worker on the ground in Kurdistan said.  

Baghdad bishop: Take a 'real' challenge by praying

Aug 25, 2014 - 04:24 pm .- A bishop in Baghdad is challenging the faithful across the world to join in 30 minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Aug. 26 for peace in Iraq and for refugees of violence in the country.

Orthodox patriarch denounces ISIS violence, stresses dialogue

Aug 25, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, calling for dialogue and immediate humanitarian aid.  

Boko Haram kidnap dozens in attack on village

Aug 23, 2014 - 03:37 pm .- Locals in Baga, Nigeria say the town is one of the latest targets of Boko Haram’s attacks, while a group of soldiers say they will not fight the militants until they have more adequate equipment.

Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution

Aug 22, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge.

Iraqi bishop warns that West will suffer from Islamism

Aug 19, 2014 - 06:17 pm .- The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has warned that Christians around the world would face suffering from Islamists as his diocese has, and decisions that challenge the underpinnings of Western political ideas.

Papal envoy meets with officials, displaced persons in Erbil

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:03 pm .- Pope Francis' special envoy to Iraq has safely arrived in Erbil, the Holy See press officer said Thursday, adding that he has met with displaced persons and will meet with the Iraqi president later in the day.

Franciscans determined to keep Christianity in Holy Land

Aug 13, 2014 - 02:03 am .- Despite the stresses of alternating violence and ceasefires between Hamas and Israel, Franciscans in the Holy Land are committed to helping the region's Christians remain in their homeland.

Iraqi Christians facing risk of genocide, patriarch warns

Aug 7, 2014 - 10:41 am .- The seizure of Iraq’s largest Christian town has prompted a mass exodus of refugees, which a leading Catholic bishop described as a Way of the Cross that could become a genocide unless the global community intervenes. 

Catholic groups unite to help Iraqis ousted by extremists

Aug 6, 2014 - 04:00 am .- Catholic Relief Services and Caritas have agreed to a common plan to help those who have fled from their homes in the portions of northern Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State.

Do not become a prisoner of fear, Nigerian bishop urges

Aug 6, 2014 - 02:06 am .- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, a city in northern Nigeria, has stressed the importance of remaining present to his people despite the looming threat posed by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.

Aid workers grateful for Gaza ceasefire, but remain wary

Aug 5, 2014 - 04:56 pm .- A new 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is offering locals and aid workers invaluable time to safely secure essential supplies, but many remain skeptical that it will bring an end to the region’s ongoing violence.

Catholic religious brother dies of Ebola in Liberia

Aug 5, 2014 - 03:41 pm .- Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Liberia have announced that a hospital director passed away Aug. 2 after contracting the Ebola virus.

Suspension of Nicaraguan Maryknoll priest lifted

Aug 4, 2014 - 05:57 pm .- Pope Francis has revoked the 'suspension a divinis' of Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, who was in 1984 barred from exercising his priestly ministry because he had taken political office.

Pakistani Catholics foster dialogue, fellowship with Muslims

Aug 1, 2014 - 08:05 pm .- Catholics in Pakistan reached out to the local Islamic community in an effort to promote peace between the religious groups in their nation and throughout the Middle East.

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Aug 1, 2014 - 05:04 pm .- As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths.

Catholic charity to hold day of prayer for peace in Iraq

Aug 1, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Aid to the Church in Need has scheduled Aug. 6 as day of prayer for Iraq, portions of which are now controlled by Islamist militants, in response to the violence threatening Christians and others in the nation.

Violence in Nigeria has 'no boundaries' now, archbishop says

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:33 pm .- In wake of two bombings this week in Nigeria, targeting both an Islamic scholar and a senior politician, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called for greater proactive efforts to identify all violent groups.

Ceasefire signed in Central African Republic conflict

Jul 25, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Rival factions in the Central African Republic signed a ceasefire on Wednesday in hopes of halting the deadly violence, but it is unclear whether it will be effective.

Iraqi abbot calls for action to ensure local Christians' future

Jul 24, 2014 - 10:50 am .- Following the effective expulsion of Christians from the city of Mosul by Islamists last week, a prominent local abbot has voiced the need for concrete action supporting Christians in Iraq.

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