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Carl Anderson: In battle for Mosul, don't forget persecuted groups

Oct 24, 2016 - 04:04 pm .- The battle to free Mosul from the hands of ISIS must be accompanied by concrete efforts to support the groups that have been targeted by the extremist group, said Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus.  

Pope's Iraq envoy says peace stifled by lack of 'political will'

Oct 17, 2016 - 01:40 pm .- Archbishop Alberto Ortega, the Pope's Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq and Jordan, has said that in the midst of a drawn-out humanitarian crisis and ongoing feelings of mistrust and betrayal, Christians can be a sign of reconciliation where political efforts continue to fall short.

Carl Anderson: Christian forgiveness is the path to Middle East peace

Oct 14, 2016 - 06:17 am .- Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help Christians survive as a merciful, forgiving leaven in the region, said the head of the Knights of Columbus Wednesday.

Six dead after al-Qaeda ally attacks Christians in Kenya border town

Oct 7, 2016 - 12:55 am .- A deadly attack on Christians in northeast Kenya was intended to drive them out of the region, a radio station run by the militant Islamist group al-Shabab has claimed.

DC leaders discuss protection, justice for ISIS victims

Sep 23, 2016 - 03:46 pm .- With ISIS continuing to threaten vulnerable populations in Iraq and Syria, more action is needed to protect victims and offer justice before it’s too late, said human rights leaders this week.  

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

Sep 16, 2016 - 06:29 am .- For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day.

In Hungary, anti-Christian persecution prompts government action

Sep 13, 2016 - 12:08 am .- The Hungarian government has established a new office on the persecution of Christians to address both persecutions of Christians in the Middle East and the subtle forms of discrimination some Christians face in Europe.

The next US president must aid persecuted Christians – Knights' head

Sep 12, 2016 - 05:37 pm .- Christians can’t be second-class citizens if they are to remain in the Middle East, and the next United States administration will need to stand up for their rights, the head of the Knights of Columbus has said.

How the response to 9/11 affected Christians in the Middle East

Sep 10, 2016 - 03:03 am .- On the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center terror attacks, we shouldn't overlook how Middle Eastern Christians have suffered from the unintended consequences of U.S. post-9/11 foreign policy, says one expert.

What's it like to be a persecuted Christian? This exhibit shows you

Aug 19, 2016 - 03:45 pm .- A teddy bear, a diploma, a menu – items owned, achieved and touched by Christians who were brutally killed in attacks this year – are on display in an exhibit aimed at drawing people into a visceral experience of the persecuted faithful.  

The deadly danger of global blasphemy laws

Aug 10, 2016 - 03:10 pm .- Among the biggest threats to religious freedom worldwide are blasphemy laws, the State Department said in its annual religious freedom report, released Wednesday.

New Iraqi priests bring joy amid years of sadness, displacement

Aug 8, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned the dreary mood of displaced Christians into one of joy, which he hopes will give them the strength to stay in their homeland.

The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi: 'Have mercy on ISIS'

Aug 7, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown in 1991.

Want to help persecuted Christians? A few easy steps

Aug 4, 2016 - 01:43 pm .- Middle East Christians need help to survive, and leaders in the relief effort have outlined what the average Catholic can do.

Why Middle East Christians feel betrayed by the West

Aug 3, 2016 - 03:02 pm .- Religious freedom is for non-Muslims in the Middle East, too, a Syrian Catholic leader said in a strong warning about the future of the region’s Christians and about the “Machiavellian” nature of Western foreign policy.

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.

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