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Iraqi couple finds courage in a Pope who suffers with them

Oct 1, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- An elderly couple who lost everything after fleeing their home due to ISIS violence met with Pope Francis on Sunday, saying the encounter gave them hope because they know they are not alone.

No plans to raise security ahead of Pope's Albania visit

Sep 15, 2014 - 09:40 am .- There are no plans to increase security for Pope Francis' Sept. 21 trip to Albania despite new reports of a potential threat by Islamic militants, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said Monday.  

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.

Knights' collection for persecuted Iraqis passes $2 million

Sep 11, 2014 - 02:04 am .- A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released a special prayer to add a spiritual dimension to the humanitarian response.  

Italian publication says it does not see ISIS violence as 'war of religion'

Sep 8, 2014 - 11:10 am .- Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica has clarified that it does not view ISIS violence as a 'war of religion,' although it believes the radical group sees its aggression in this manner.

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.  

Pope Francis to Iraqi priest: I'll never leave or forget you

Sep 1, 2014 - 09:00 am .- After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a phone call from the pontiff who gave his blessing and assured of his prayers.

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.     

Scholars: Boko Haram caliphate claim may be inspired by ISIS

Aug 28, 2014 - 08:00 am .- The Islamist extremist group Boko Haram’s claim to have established a caliphate – or a state ruled under Islamic law – in part of Nigeria draws inspiration from ISIS insurgents and from a desire for more world attention, said experts.  

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.

Catholics denounce use of hashtags for 'paramilitary warfare'

Aug 28, 2014 - 12:02 am .- Reacting to an internet campaign launched by ISIS threatening the life of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, Catholic leaders stressed that evil is not the final verdict and encouraged faithful to adhere to Christ.

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.”  

Vatican spokesman: ISIS threat to Pope Francis unfounded

Aug 26, 2014 - 08:42 am .- In response to rumors that the Islamic State may be targeting Pope Francis, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. said there is no reason for concern.

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.

Orthodox patriarch denounces ISIS violence, stresses dialogue

Aug 25, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- The Ecumenical Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church has spoken out against the persecution of religious minorities in Iraq, calling for dialogue and immediate humanitarian aid.  

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.

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Lk 9:57-62

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