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Those who've stayed โ€“ what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Nov 5, 2015 - 06:02 am .- War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean bishops like Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq are asking what they can do to help Christian refugees survive and preserve their faith in times of trouble.

Iraqi Christians who fled Islamic State share their story

Sep 23, 2015 - 03:59 pm .- The plight of Christians in the Middle East was the focus of an educational and fundraising event in Denver on Friday, in which two Christian refugees from a city near Mosul told of their escape from Islamic State militants.

Despite terror attack, Christians in Tunisia have reasons to remain hopeful

Jul 9, 2015 - 01:51 pm .- In the wake of a June 26 terrorist attack on tourists in Tunisia which killed 38 people, one of the country’s leading Catholic priests insisted that the majority of Tunisians are not extremists.

'The unthinkable is real,' author warns about persecutions of Middle East Christians

Jun 27, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- Growing unrest in the Middle East is causing great concern for the Christian community around the world, and author George J. Marlin is hoping to enlighten Western Christians on how seriously matters are progressing, as their brethren in the Middle East continue to undergo persecution.

Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Jun 10, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while reaffirming that Christians have a place in the Middle East.

For Arab Christianity, new women saints give encouraging example

May 17, 2015 - 06:38 pm .- The Catholic Church’s celebration of the canonization of two new women saints from Palestine on Sunday helps recognize both women’s important role in Arab culture and Arabs’ important role in Christianity.

A Christmas with tears โ€“ Pope Francis' words to Middle East

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:20 am .- In a Christmas message to Christians of the Middle East, Pope Francis grieved the violence that has ravaged and displaced many of the region's faithful. But the birth of Jesus, he insisted, gives us the ultimate consolation – God has come in the flesh to save us.

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Jun 27, 2014 - 05:11 am .- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer.

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Jun 26, 2014 - 07:34 am .- In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which can be regained by offering hope through our solidarity with those who suffer.

'Who are we before the child Jesus?' Pope reflects in Bethlehem

May 25, 2014 - 04:04 am .- In his homily delivered in Bethlehem this morning, Pope Francis meditated on the role of the Christ child in the life of every person.

Pope to Palestinian leaders: have courage to 'forge peace'

May 25, 2014 - 02:16 am .- Pope Francis began the second day of his Holy Land pilgrimage in a meeting with Palestinian authorities, urging them to work for an end to conflict and violence in the region.

Eastern Patriarchs 'watchful guardians' of unity, Pope says

Nov 21, 2013 - 08:23 am .- Pope Francis spoke with Patriarchs of various Oriental Churches during a four day gathering in Rome, stating that it is their task to help foster unity in the Church, and to remember the persecuted.

Pakistan bishop says attacks on Christians fueled by politics

Oct 14, 2013 - 06:15 am .- Amid recent violence against Christians in Pakistan, a leading bishop says that the attacks are deeply rooted in the political situation of the country and how it relates to both the West and surrounding areas.

Senate bill would aid religious minorities in Middle East

Aug 22, 2013 - 05:49 pm .- Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. Senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East.

Church in northern Arabia longs for 'place to worship'

May 30, 2013 - 04:05 am .- As he oversees the missionary territory of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, apostolic vicar Camillo Ballin outlined Catholics' need for religious toleration as well as a physical home for ministry.

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

May 10, 2013 - 07:06 am .- The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the urgent need for unity among Christians in the Middle East.

Lebanese president discusses Syria refugees with Pope

May 3, 2013 - 10:25 am .- Pope Francis and Lebanese president Michel Sleiman met to discuss the Syrian fighting and the influx of refugees it has sent into his country.

Pope responds to bishops' kidnapping with 'intense prayer'

Apr 23, 2013 - 05:31 am .- Pope Francis is responding to the kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria with “intense prayer” for their health and release.

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Apr 18, 2013 - 05:00 am .- The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in bringing peace to his tortured homeland.

Egypt's Christians call for peace after attack on Orthodox cathedral

Apr 9, 2013 - 02:03 am .- Christian leaders in Egypt appealed for calm after a mob attacked St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday during the funeral of four Coptic Christians killed in sectarian clashes.

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