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EU joins voices labeling ISIS actions a 'genocide'

Feb 4, 2016 - 07:24 pm .- The European Parliament on Thursday declared that genocide is taking place in the Middle East against Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities, at the hands of the Islamic State.

Yes, ISIS is guilty of genocide, says European human rights group

Jan 28, 2016 - 04:37 pm .- Europe’s leading human rights body passed a resolution on Wednesday calling ISIS atrocities a “genocide,” a week before the European Parliament will vote on a similar resolution.

Priest: Pray for jihadists' conversion – one of them could be a future St. Paul

Jan 23, 2016 - 04:52 pm .- French spiritual writer Father Jacques Philippe says there is only one thing that can end violence.

Satellite images confirm: Iraq's oldest monastery destroyed by Islamic State

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:02 am .- St. Elijah's Monastery in Mosul dated back to the sixth century, making it the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. Muslims and Christians alike have made pilgrimages to the Chaldean Catholic monastery, invoking both poets and historians to write about its religious impact within the Middle East.

Watch this video and 'wake up' from indifference to persecuted Christians

Jan 21, 2016 - 06:04 am .- A video that shares the testimonies of people who have personally suffered the persecution of Christians in the Middle East is calling on their fellow Christians in the West to “wake up” to the grave crisis facing their brethren.

Grim numbers from Iraq: thousands of civilians suffer death, displacement, slavery

Jan 19, 2016 - 04:49 pm .- A new United Nations report has tried to count the civilian toll of continuing conflict in Iraq, largely at the hands of Islamic State militants, and the violence “remains staggering.”

Most Americans say Islamic State atrocities are genocide

Jan 5, 2016 - 06:05 pm .- Most Americans support a broad recognition of Islamic State atrocities against Christians and other minorities as genocide, a recent survey says.

The beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians was 'just the beginning'

Dec 22, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- While the days of the Muslim Brotherhood are over, one expert says the February murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS has opened the door to an even wider persecution – one that's gaining steam under new forms of Islamic authoritarianism.

Compassion vs. security: What to do with Syrian refugees?

Dec 21, 2015 - 06:33 am .- As the U.S. plans to increase its intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 next year, Americans – including Catholics – are trying to balance national security concerns with compassion for the refugees. 

What history can teach us about why the 'genocide' label matters

Dec 10, 2015 - 07:15 am .- A U.S. designation of genocide for ISIS’ actions would offer prompt and significant support to the religious minorities it has targeted, said one researcher, warning that history cautions against inaction.

A growing coalition agrees: Christians are genocide victims too

Dec 8, 2015 - 04:18 pm .- Legal experts, religious leaders, and now an independent government commission are asking the U.S. State Department to include Christians among the victims of genocide perpetrated by ISIS.

Your apathy is hurting ISIS victims – a challenge to US Christians

Dec 8, 2015 - 06:16 am .- Christians in the U.S. must stop their apathy to the bloody persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, said a religious freedom advocate who proposed an “examination of conscience” for faith communities.

Paris archbishop: When the pain is too great, we cling to God

Nov 18, 2015 - 03:45 am .- In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the terrorist attacks in the city last week, God is the source of strength and hope.

Parolin on ISIS threats: Vatican may be a target, but we're not backing down

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:17 am .- In wake of Friday’s violent terror attacks in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said that while the small country is also on extremists’ horizons, they won’t let themselves be “paralyzed” by fear.

Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Oct 29, 2015 - 03:03 pm .- Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with fundamentalist groups because they aren’t interested in building the necessary relationships.

'It's truly a miracle' – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Oct 15, 2015 - 06:03 am .- A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now, he credits the Virgin Mary and the help of a Muslim friend for his escape.

Religious leaders, scholars ask Obama to declare ISIS violence a genocide

Oct 7, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- More than 100 religious leaders, scholars, and human rights advocates signed a letter Monday asking President Obama to formally declare the killing and displacement of Middle Eastern religious minorities a “genocide.”

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.

Resolution introduced in Congress to call Islamic State atrocities 'genocide'

Sep 14, 2015 - 11:34 am .- Members of Congress introduced a resolution on Thursday to label the atrocities committed by the Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities “genocide.”

Knights of Columbus sending one month of food to Erbil refugees

Sep 9, 2015 - 12:44 am .- This month, the Knights of Columbus will provide food to some 13,500 families in Erbil who have been displaced by the ISIS takeover of Mosul and Nineveh in Iraq.

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