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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.

Ibrahim case reflects deeper problems in Sudan, says bishop

Jul 14, 2014 - 02:03 am .- The “disgraceful case” of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim is only one of many examples of discrimination and harassment faced by Christians in Sudan, a bishop in the region has said.

Catholics in Holy Land pray for peace, reconciliation

Jul 11, 2014 - 02:29 pm .- Under the back and forth of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, concerned Catholic migrants from India are praying for peace in the Holy Land.

Sudanese Christian woman released again

Jun 27, 2014 - 04:16 pm .- Meriam Ibrahim – a Christian woman who had previously been sentenced to death in Sudan for her faith – has been released after another detention for accusations of forging travel documents.

Release of Christian woman in Sudan draws gratitude, praise

Jun 23, 2014 - 01:21 pm .- Family members and religious liberty advocates are applauding the news that a Sudanese woman's death sentence for refusing to denounce her Christian faith has been overturned by an appeal court after months of international outcry.

Christians, Shias face uncertain future in face of Iraqi violence

Jun 17, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- In the midst of advances by Sunni insurgents, Iraq’s remaining Christian community  and the country’s majority- Shia population face threats to their future, and continued violence.

Catholic archbishop aids Muslim refugees in Central African Republic

Jun 16, 2014 - 03:53 pm .- A Catholic archbishop in the violence-ridden Central African Republic recently reached out to a group of 600 Muslim refugees, saying that the love of Christ must drive the faithful to action.

Sudan archdiocese speaks out for condemned Catholic woman

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:02 am .- The Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum has urged Sudanese authorities to review the legal case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman who faces a death sentence for allegedly abandoning Islam.

Church in Iraqi Kurdistan challenged by influx of migrants

Jun 9, 2014 - 04:49 pm .- Iraq's Kurdistan region is enjoying peace relative to the rest of the country, which has led thousands of Christian families to migrate there, straining the local Church.

Central African Republic still seeking peace amid violent attacks

Jun 8, 2014 - 05:59 am .- Following continued attacks on churches in the Central African Republic, the country still looks forward to a return to a peaceful and stable society, a priest stationed in the country told Catholic aid workers.

Suspects arrested over abduction of Jesuit in Afghanistan

Jun 5, 2014 - 07:02 pm .- An Afghan official stated Thursday that three Taliban members have been arrested and questioned over Monday's kidnapping, near Herat, of the Jesuit Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar.

Latin patriarch dedicates church at Magdala Center

Jun 4, 2014 - 04:24 pm .- Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century synagogue where Jesus Christ may have preached.

Egyptian election gives hope to Christians, bishop says

Jun 3, 2014 - 07:02 pm .- Egypt's Roman Catholic bishop has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims.

Husband of condemned Sudanese woman reiterates commitment

May 31, 2014 - 03:55 pm .- The husband of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly abandoning Islam, says his wife is standing by her faith despite possible execution.

Pope's historic prayer deeply moves Jerusalem bishop

May 30, 2014 - 04:03 am .- The auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem described the recent prayer shared between Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I as a moving event, predicting future blessings from the encounter.

Holy Land: Vandal tries to set fire to Dormition Abbey

May 28, 2014 - 01:03 pm .- As Pope Francis concluded his trip to the Holy Land on May 26, an unknown man attempted to set fire to the Abbey of the Dormition, the place where according to tradition the Virgin Mary fell asleep before being assumed into Heaven.

Pope Francis recalls birth of Church in Upper Room

May 26, 2014 - 09:44 am .- At the conclusion of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis focused his homily at Mass on the significance of the Upper Room, held to be the site of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus' apostles.

At Gethsemane, Pope urges religious to live without fear

May 26, 2014 - 08:15 am .- Religious, priests, and seminarians gathered in the Church near the garden of Gethsemane today to meet with Pope Francis, who urged them to follow Christ with courage.

Vatican: Pope's stop at terrorist memorial not a political move

May 26, 2014 - 07:30 am .- Amid claims that Pope Francis' unscheduled stop at an Israeli memorial for terrorist victims was made under pressure to appease government officials, the Holy See has said that the rumors are false.

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