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Enough talk about talking – Iraqi priest calls for action on ISIS

Feb 12, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- An Iraqi priest currently living in Rome said that those living the nightmare of ISIS are tired of hearing talk about dialogue and human rights, and are ready to see concrete action on the part of political leaders.

Can Christians survive the 'dirty games' of Middle East politics?

Jan 30, 2015 - 04:19 pm .- Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and other groups put these communities at risk of extinction, a Jordanian priest fears.

Among Christian refugees in Kurdistan, 'no one is angry at God'

Jan 11, 2015 - 06:01 am .- “Thank you, thank you, thank you:” Suheila, an elderly Christian woman from Mosul was effusive in expressing her gratitude to a group of European visitors. "May God make things easy for you in your lives."

In Jordan, Church works to assist refugees, protect youth from extremism

Jan 8, 2015 - 02:01 am .- For years the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a haven for refugees from Iraq. However, a critical limit is in view as the country is also forced to accommodate a huge, and growing, influx of refugees fleeing ongoing war and violence in Syria.

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

Dec 3, 2014 - 02:01 am .- The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in the Middle East, a large number of whom have been threatened or displaced by the Islamic State.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Nov 20, 2014 - 04:41 pm .- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

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.  

'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'

Oct 23, 2014 - 04:21 am .- Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.  

Crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $1 million for Iraqi Christians

Oct 22, 2014 - 08:35 pm .- A Catholic lay organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and money to help persecuted Christians and other minorities in Iraq.  

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

Oct 22, 2014 - 12:04 pm .- At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the key task of returning displaced families to their homes.

A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

Oct 20, 2014 - 10:41 am .- Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization.

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Oct 18, 2014 - 04:45 pm .- Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious threats.  

Six miles from ISIS: A shockingly brave priest returns to Iraq

Oct 9, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Father Ghazwan Yousif Baho had the option to stay in Italy when he recently accompanied an elderly Iraqi couple to an audience with Pope Francis.

Iraq has done 'absolutely nothing' for displaced Christians

Oct 8, 2014 - 04:47 am .- An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has expressed dismay at the national government in Baghdad for failing to offer assistance.  

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

Oct 7, 2014 - 10:32 am .- In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a discussion on the situation of Christians in the Middle East, the Holy See spokesman announced Tuesday.

Apostolic nuncios to Middle East will discuss aid, response to terrorists

Oct 1, 2014 - 10:52 am .- Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to discuss responses to the Islamic State, and in particular how to provide humanitarian aid to displaced persons.

'You are not alone': Social media campaign supports persecuted Christians

Sep 23, 2014 - 03:26 pm .- Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq.

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

Sep 12, 2014 - 04:01 am .- An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and will continue inspiring future believers for generations.  

Sen. Cruz's tense Middle East remarks prompt calls for Christian unity

Sep 11, 2014 - 03:03 am .- Amid controversial remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Christian leaders at a historic ecumenical conference voiced the need for unity in the face of the mass persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a 'war of religion'

Sep 4, 2014 - 04:08 pm .- According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious war, and believes that international action taken so far is inadequate.  

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