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Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Aug 29, 2014 - 09:33 am .- Christians and other religious minorities who have fled areas in Iraq that have fallen under Islamic State control are now helping one another to survive as refugees, an aid worker said.  

UN intervention against ISIS would fit Pope's call, scholar suggests

Aug 28, 2014 - 05:48 pm .- The Pope’s support of international action against attacks by the Islamic State should be met with United Nations intervention, one Catholic professor said.     

Muslim scholar decries violence: 'I am a Nazarene, too'

Aug 28, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Referring to the label “Nazarene” marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity – maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well.

Papal envoy: we must see humanity of each Iraqi refugee

Aug 27, 2014 - 04:10 am .- The international community must view suffering Iraqi refugees not as a collective group, but as individual persons, each with his or her own story and needs, the Pope’s envoy to the country encouraged.  

Chilean lawmakers ask president to denounce Iraqi violence

Aug 27, 2014 - 12:42 am .- The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the U.N. to take measures for a “quick solution.”  

Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

Aug 26, 2014 - 02:37 am .- As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to meet their needs, an aid worker on the ground in Kurdistan said.  

Baghdad bishop: Take a 'real' challenge by praying

Aug 25, 2014 - 04:24 pm .- A bishop in Baghdad is challenging the faithful across the world to join in 30 minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Aug. 26 for peace in Iraq and for refugees of violence in the country.

Marquette professor recalls James Foley as 'bright light'

Aug 22, 2014 - 10:06 am .- Executed journalist James Foley was fearless in his quest to advance justice in the world, and his courage inspired many students at his alma mater, a professor at his former university reflected.

Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

Aug 21, 2014 - 03:01 pm .- Pope Francis has called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week, a Vatican spokesman has confirmed.

Full transcript of Pope's in-flight interview from Korea

Aug 18, 2014 - 04:30 pm .- Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 flight to Italy from South Korea, Pope Francis said he supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

Pope Francis backs intervention in Iraq to stop 'aggressor'

Aug 18, 2014 - 12:07 pm .- Pope Francis supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

Aug 12, 2014 - 02:54 pm .- The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries.

Pope Francis takes to Twitter in appeal for Iraqi citizens

Aug 11, 2014 - 05:55 am .- Since Friday Pope Francis has been tweeting three times a day asking faithful and parishes to both pray for those affected by violence in Iraq, as well as to offer material support.

Pope appeals for peace in Iraq, Gaza during Sunday angelus

Aug 10, 2014 - 06:23 am .- After leading faithful in the Marian prayer, Pope Francis again urged prayers and international help for the current conflict in Iraq and Gaza, revealing that his personal envoy to Iraq will leave Monday.

Priest from Nineveh: 'Christianity is finished in Iraq'

Aug 8, 2014 - 04:30 pm .- A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians from the city, many of whom are fleeing on foot with no food, money or water.

Obama authorizes Iraq airstrikes to prevent religious genocide

Aug 8, 2014 - 10:15 am .- Late Thursday night the Obama administration announced that it has launched a military and humanitarian operation to protect both U.S. personnel and Iraqi civilians against ISIS attacks.

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. 

Christians a fundamental part of Iraq, ambassador observes

Jul 31, 2014 - 05:16 am .- The Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See has lamented the ongoing persecution of Christians by ISIS forces in Iraq, stating that they are an important and historic part of the country’s origins.

Petition calls on UN to stop Christian genocide in Iraq

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:54 am .- Following the expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS jihadists, a new petition calls on the United Nations to intervene in the country.

Pope Francis calls Syro-Catholic patriarch, assures of his prayers

Jul 22, 2014 - 10:54 am .- According an Italian Catholic new organization, Pope Francis made a phone call to Patriarch Ignatius Youssef III Younan over the weekend to reassure him of his continued prayers for Iraqi Christians.

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