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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.  

Christian couple reportedly burned alive, Pakistan urged to respond

Nov 5, 2014 - 04:35 am .- The reported killing of a Christian couple in Pakistan by a mob on Tuesday has sparked calls for the nation's government to protect its people, and especially its minorities.

Despite persecution, Year of Consecrated Life celebrated in Syria

Nov 5, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Despite persecution and threats faced by the Catholic faithful in Syria, religious communities in the war-torn country have continued their initiatives to proclaim the message of the Gospel.

Tunisia: The Muslim nation where Christians enjoy relative freedom

Nov 1, 2014 - 06:01 am .- In Tunisia, public expressions of Christianity are against the law and the government frowns on conversions. But compared to the situation of the Church in other Muslim nations, circumstances in the North African country are tolerable.

Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – 'Their tears have run dry'

Oct 30, 2014 - 04:47 am .- Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose soul is being destroyed, said a priest who visited Kurdish Iraq, where many have taken refuge.  

Dialogue must replace fighting, South Sudanese bishops say

Oct 29, 2014 - 08:02 pm .- The bishops in South Sudan are calling for an immediate end to violence in their country, saying  it should be replaced with “dialogue and compromise.”

Life is cheaper than salt: a Nigerian bishop facing Boko Haram

Oct 29, 2014 - 04:13 am .- Bishop Oliver Doeme, who heads the Nigerian diocese which has suffered the most from Boko Haram, has lamented his government's failure to effectively counter the militants, saying human life is being devalued.  

Martin Baani: the Iraqi seminarian who will not leave his people

Oct 28, 2014 - 02:01 am .- Bombs are falling and the sound of the explosion is sending shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night.

Syrian Christians, building cemeteries instead of schools

Oct 28, 2014 - 12:04 am .- As the civil war in Syria continues its fourth year, Christians who remain in the country’s capital are finding it harder just to get by – even with the help of the Maronite local Church.

Egyptian Christians feel safer, though Islamism still looms

Oct 23, 2014 - 08:26 pm .- While problems still exist, Christians in Egypt feel “much safer” under the presidency of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, a former military officer who played a key role in the coup that ousted Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July 2013, a Catholic official said.  

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