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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.

In deadly conflict, Boko Haram captures key Nigerian town

Jul 23, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Islamic militant group Boko Haram has taken control of the northeastern Nigeria town of Damboa in a July 18 attack that killed at least 40 people.

Iraq faces 'historic catastrophe', Chaldean patriarch warns

Jul 22, 2014 - 06:02 pm .- The Chaldean patriarch has urged Iraq to turn away from its current path, warning that the new policies of Islamist jihadists threaten Christian-Muslim coexistence.

Iraqi bishop urges prayer as Christians expelled from Mosul

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:42 am .- On the eve of an ultimatum issued by Islamists to Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Chaldean bishop of Erbil, in nearby Kurdistan, urged prayers for the nation's remaining followers of Christ.

Amid violence, priest opts to stay with parishioners in Gaza

Jul 20, 2014 - 04:03 pm .- Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza strip, has decided to stay with his parishioners despite three missile strikes near his parish earlier this week.

Despite Gaza violence, Catholic relief agency works for peace

Jul 18, 2014 - 11:32 am .- Though fighting has escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip, a Catholic Relief Services spokeswoman has stressed that the agency still aims to advance peace in the region.

Christians disappearing from Iraq, bishops lament

Jul 14, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Two Iraqi archbishops are seeking “faith and hope” in Iraq, while bewailing the continuing exodus of Christians from the country amid continued violence.

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