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The powerful witness of Iraqi young people at World Youth Day

Jul 21, 2016 - 12:02 pm .- Among the swarms of pilgrims registered for World Youth Day in Poland next week is a large group of Iraqi youth, who aim to witness to the joy of their faith despite ongoing violent persecution.

Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

May 28, 2016 - 05:13 am .- On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in Erbil, providing a silver lining to an otherwise bleak situation.

Indian Foreign Minister: Fr. Tom is safe, soon to be released

May 19, 2016 - 01:23 pm .- Fr. Tom Uznunnalil, the Indian Salesian priest kidnapped by extremists in March is alive and close to being released, according to Indian government officials.  

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

May 18, 2016 - 12:25 am .- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.

She was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped. This is her dream.

May 12, 2016 - 03:20 am .- “I have a dream of a safe Nigeria.” This is the hope voiced by one of the Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped captivity by the terror group Boko Haram, speaking before members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

Aleppo archbishop calls for solidarity with Christians in Syria

May 7, 2016 - 05:44 pm .- The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged, said a Melkite Catholic archbishop from Syria.

How Christians in Syria keep the faith amid a civil war

May 5, 2016 - 03:20 pm .- In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing surgery. Suddenly the building shook from a bombing.

Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice' – here's one bishop's response

May 5, 2016 - 03:29 am .- For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day.

Iraqi Christians grateful, yet uneasy following foiled Islamic State attack

May 4, 2016 - 02:25 pm .- After Islamic State militants broke through Kurdish army forces Tuesday, killing one American and three Kurdish fighters, local Christians voiced gratitude that the attack failed, but remain shaken and on edge should there be another assault.  

Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

May 4, 2016 - 10:18 am .- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.

Why Iraq wasn't what I thought

May 1, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically down his large, round belly.

Blood-red Trevi fountain a wake-up call on Christian persecution

Apr 30, 2016 - 02:30 pm .- Illuminated by the red light that spilled across Rome’s Trevi fountain, voices from persecuted Christian communities across the world shared the stories of friends and loved ones killed for the faith, and urged the world to take greater action in putting the violence to an end.

At UN, calls for global response to Christian genocide

Apr 28, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- The plight of Christians and other Middle East minorities demands action from the international community, one leader in relief efforts said in a panel at the United Nations.

Woman bulldozed to death in China signals new wave of oppression

Apr 27, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Two members of a Chinese church demolition crew have been detained by police after they allegedly bulldozed the wife of a Christian pastor who had attempted to halt the destruction of her church.

New York events will give a voice to victims of anti-Christian persecution

Apr 26, 2016 - 04:51 pm .- This week’s #WeAreN2016 Congress aims to call on the world to stop the persecution of Christians and other minorities. Victims of persecution and leaders from around the world will speak about the need for action in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere.

How Christian women suffer worse persecution than men

Apr 25, 2016 - 04:48 pm .- A recent global survey reveals that the rise of radical Islamic extremism is the primary reason for the persecution of Christians around the world – and many of the victims are women.

French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.

Will the US take action to protect the victims of Islamic State genocide?

Apr 19, 2016 - 05:21 pm .- Now that the U.S. has declared that the Islamic State is waging genocide against religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, what will be done to help the victims move forward?

'Astounding' – Cardinal Dolan talks about his trip to Iraq

Apr 13, 2016 - 03:01 am .- As he leaves Iraqi Kurdistan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said what struck him most during the visit were the people’s faith and hope, despite violent persecution.

Persecution of Christians can have a polite disguise, Pope Francis warns

Apr 12, 2016 - 05:06 pm .- Pope Francis on Tuesday reflected on the “polite persecution” of Christians that takes away their freedom in the disguise of modernity and progress.

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