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Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

Feb 24, 2015 - 06:34 am .- With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan said prayer is the only possible response.

Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

Feb 24, 2015 - 02:17 am .- The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes.

For Coptic Christians, threat of martyrdom is part of daily life

Feb 22, 2015 - 04:37 pm .- The brutal murder of 21 Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of ISIS last week is shining a light on the reality faced by many of Egypt’s Christians on a daily basis.  

Cardinal Dolan: ISIS threatens whole civilization – no one can be silent

Feb 19, 2015 - 03:55 pm .- With ISIS threatening all of human civilization, no one of any background or religion can remain silent, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

Why this bishop is staying in Libya after the ISIS massacre

Feb 19, 2015 - 02:48 am .- “I should stay! How can I leave the Christians alone?”

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.

The fight for human dignity - how MLK speaks to ISIS, abortion

Jan 19, 2015 - 04:10 pm .- The ongoing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is that every human life is sacred and must be protected from injustice, said leading U.S. bishops on Jan. 19.

Is dialogue with terrorists a lost cause? Pope Francis says no

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:02 am .- Speaking to journalists in-flight on his way back from Strasbourg, Pope Francis touched on dialogue with extremist terrorists – saying that although it's difficult, the door is never completely closed.

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.  

Want to prevent threats like ISIS? Religious freedom key, official says

Oct 27, 2014 - 05:35 pm .- Promoting religious freedom abroad is vital for U.S. national security interests in preventing the rise of threats such as ISIS, said the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom on Monday.  

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Oct 23, 2014 - 09:57 am .- The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and urged Catholics to pray for all those affected by the violent act.

'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.  

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.  

Priest returning to Iraq: ISIS threatens the whole world

Oct 16, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said that in the midst of an increasingly desperate situation, the help of world powers is greatly needed.

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.  

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.  

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