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Does the West ignore Iraqi Christians because they lack economic stake?

Dec 14, 2014 - 06:06 am .- The leader of the Syriac Catholic Church has lashed out at Western governments, charging that they ignore the plight of displaced Christians in Iraq because they represent no economic stakes.

Medical shortages hinder Ebola relief, survivors grieve

Dec 11, 2014 - 08:07 pm .- Bishops in West Africa have appealed for more help for a hospital in a region suffering many Ebola infections, as the disease’s survivors lament its destructive impact on their loved ones and their communities.

For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Dec 4, 2014 - 02:05 am .- Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious backgrounds to share in the “common language” of sports.  

How Christian division hampers peace, reconciliation in Holy Land

Dec 3, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- The lack of unity among Christians is one of the factors that keeps them from playing a mediatory role in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, according to the head of the Franciscans in the Middle East.  

Syrian refugees pursue education for their children, in hope for the future

Nov 30, 2014 - 04:48 pm .- Refugees of the Syrian civil war say their new life has many burdens, but they hope that education for their children will ensure a brighter future.

Pope's visit could draw attention to refugees in Turkey

Nov 30, 2014 - 03:08 pm .- The head of a charitable agency in Turkey voiced hope that Pope Francis’ visit will shine a light on the dramatic plight of refugees there, who fled the Syrian civil war and other regional conflicts.  

'Things will change!' – Turkish girls hopeful after Pope's visit

Nov 30, 2014 - 01:47 pm .- Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said two Turkish young women who had the occasion to greet the Pope on his recent trip.  

Islamic State destroys convent in Mosul

Nov 27, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Local media are reporting that on Monday, Islamic State militants blew up a convent and St. George's parish in Mosul, an Iraqi city captured by the Islamists in June.

Facing Boko Haram, Nigerians 'storm the heavens with prayers'

Nov 23, 2014 - 04:08 pm .- Boko Haram's expansion has meant murders, forced conversion, and forcible expulsion from homes, causing Catholics in Nigeria to pray and to reach out to help and console the militant Islamist group’s victims.

Christians, Muslims unite for justice over couple burned in kiln

Nov 20, 2014 - 10:31 am .- In the two weeks since a Christian couple was killed by a Muslim mob in Pakistan, local leaders from both religions have come together repeatedly to call for justice in the matter, and an end to the misuse of blasphemy allegations.

Amid Syrian refugee relief, Christians and Muslims find fellowship

Nov 20, 2014 - 04:35 am .- A Syrian Muslim refugee aided by the Catholic relief agency Caritas Jordan now volunteers to help other refugees, saying the agency staff makes him feel like “a brother.”  

Jerusalem victims had a name, a family, a story, priest recalls

Nov 19, 2014 - 04:31 pm .- For one Jerusalem priest, the “horrific” killings at a Jerusalem synagogue show the need to humanize the victims of violence, in order to advance peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy City.  

Church combats domestic violence in Arabian peninsula

Nov 19, 2014 - 12:02 am .- The family ministry office serving expatriate Catholics in the Arabian peninsula held a workshop last week to help end domestic violence by creating awareness and a change in attitudes.

As winter looms, Syrian refugees now fear 'dire' shortfalls in aid

Nov 16, 2014 - 04:01 pm .- Refugees who have fled violence in Syria and Iraq may face further significant problems in meeting their basic needs if funding shortfalls for U.N. food and refugee assistance are not met.

How can you support Christians in the Holy Land? Go there.

Nov 16, 2014 - 06:01 am .- If you’re looking for a way to support Christians in the Holy Land, consider making a pilgrimage, advises an Italian cardinal who himself recently visited Palestine and Israel.

'Red flags' in Kenyan vaccine controversy demand answers

Nov 13, 2014 - 01:15 pm .- Organizers in charge of a controversial vaccination campaign in Kenya should be transparent and cooperate with the Kenyan bishops’ request for investigation of the program, says a leading Catholic bioethicist.

The Lebanese model: a multi-religious solution for Syria and Iraq?

Nov 13, 2014 - 04:02 am .- The apostolic nuncio to Lebanon has said the country is a model of multi-religious coexistence that could help resolve violent sectarian conflicts in the Middle East.

Food, blankets and hope – nuns risk lives to serve Syrian refugees

Nov 12, 2014 - 04:27 am .- Near the Lebanon-Syria border, two religious sisters are among the staff members at a refugee service center working to give relief – and hope – to thousands who have fled the armed conflict in Syria.  

'Keep our faith alive,' Nigerian bishop urges in wake of bombings

Nov 11, 2014 - 12:44 pm .- The violent onslaught of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram has forced the Diocese of Maiduguri, which has suffered most from the militants, to effectively shrink to half its size according to its bishop.

Archbishop decries Jerusalem car attacks: 'We are acting like savages'

Nov 6, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- A Melkite-Greek Catholic archbishop has lamented recent car attacks in Jerusalem, saying that such actions are inhuman and tear down society.  

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