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Bishops' charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Jul 30, 2014 - 04:41 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul.

Petition calls on UN to stop Christian genocide in Iraq

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:54 am .- Following the expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS jihadists, a new petition calls on the United Nations to intervene in the country.

Iraqi abbot calls for action to ensure local Christians' future

Jul 24, 2014 - 10:50 am .- Following the effective expulsion of Christians from the city of Mosul by Islamists last week, a prominent local abbot has voiced the need for concrete action supporting Christians in Iraq.

Iraq faces 'historic catastrophe', Chaldean patriarch warns

Jul 22, 2014 - 06:02 pm .- The Chaldean patriarch has urged Iraq to turn away from its current path, warning that the new policies of Islamist jihadists threaten Christian-Muslim coexistence.

Iraqi bishop urges prayer as Christians expelled from Mosul

Jul 21, 2014 - 11:42 am .- On the eve of an ultimatum issued by Islamists to Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Chaldean bishop of Erbil, in nearby Kurdistan, urged prayers for the nation's remaining followers of Christ.

Christians disappearing from Iraq, bishops lament

Jul 14, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Two Iraqi archbishops are seeking “faith and hope” in Iraq, while bewailing the continuing exodus of Christians from the country amid continued violence.

Ibrahim case reflects deeper problems in Sudan, says bishop

Jul 14, 2014 - 02:03 am .- The “disgraceful case” of Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim is only one of many examples of discrimination and harassment faced by Christians in Sudan, a bishop in the region has said.

Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final

Jul 10, 2014 - 11:53 am .- The Pontifical Council for Culture has launched an effort designed to unite the world in asking for peace in warring countries by observing a moment of silence during the final game of the World Cup.

Pope Francis: Church grows from the blood of the martyrs

Jun 30, 2014 - 07:16 am .- Pope Francis focused his homily for the feast of the First Roman Martyrs on the witness of martyrdom, and prayed for all who continue to be persecuted for their faith, particularly in the Middle East.

Sudanese Christian woman released again

Jun 27, 2014 - 04:16 pm .- Meriam Ibrahim – a Christian woman who had previously been sentenced to death in Sudan for her faith – has been released after another detention for accusations of forging travel documents.

Chaldean priest says little hope for Christians in Iraq

Jun 25, 2014 - 04:42 pm .- It has been more than four decades since Father Michael Bazzi left his home country of Iraq. But the plight of Christians in his home country at the hands of militant Muslim groups remains at the forefront of his mind.

Sudanese woman sentenced to death re-arrested

Jun 24, 2014 - 07:36 am .- After having her death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith revoked by the Sudanese court yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim has been re-arrested along with her husband at an airport.

Release of Christian woman in Sudan draws gratitude, praise

Jun 23, 2014 - 01:21 pm .- Family members and religious liberty advocates are applauding the news that a Sudanese woman's death sentence for refusing to denounce her Christian faith has been overturned by an appeal court after months of international outcry.

Bosnian Catholics in a 'grave position,' cardinal warns

Jun 23, 2014 - 05:44 am .- During a recent conference in Bosnia discussing interreligious violence Cardinal Vinko Puljic spoke of the country’s historic divisions, stating that Catholics face great persecution due to a lack of ethnic equality.

Sudan archdiocese speaks out for condemned Catholic woman

Jun 12, 2014 - 12:02 am .- The Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum has urged Sudanese authorities to review the legal case of Meriam Ibrahim, a Catholic woman who faces a death sentence for allegedly abandoning Islam.

Doubts raised over release reports of Christian woman in Sudan

Jun 2, 2014 - 04:59 pm .- A government official in Sudan is denying claims that a Christian woman sentenced to execution for her faith may soon be freed.

Husband of condemned Sudanese woman reiterates commitment

May 31, 2014 - 03:55 pm .- The husband of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly abandoning Islam, says his wife is standing by her faith despite possible execution.

Christian pastor forcibly returned to Iranian prison

May 25, 2014 - 04:09 pm .- After being treated for two months in a hospital for injuries suffered from beatings during his imprisonment, Saeed Abedini – a Christian pastor and American citizen – is being returned to Iran's Rajai Shahr prison.

Christian woman in shackles after 'apostasy' death sentence

May 22, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- Protest is mounting in the case of a pregnant Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Sudan for not renouncing her faith, as her husband recently found her shackled to the wall of her cell.

Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians

May 2, 2014 - 09:28 am .- In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world.

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