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No one can play dumb on what's happening in the Middle East, Pope says

Sep 18, 2015 - 06:02 am .- While the international community can't seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the media it's caught the world's attention and can't be ignored, Pope Francis said.

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.

Despite Iran deal proposal, American pastor remains imprisoned

Aug 18, 2015 - 04:58 pm .- Amid Congressional debate over President Barack Obama’s proposed Iran nuclear deal, family and friends of an imprisoned American are pleading for his release to be a part of the agreement.

This Syriac bishop will be beatified on the 100th anniversary of his martyrdom

Aug 11, 2015 - 03:04 am .- On Saturday Pope Francis approved a decree recognizing the martyrdom of Flavien-Michel Malké, a Syriac Catholic bishop who was killed in 1915 amid the Ottoman Empire's genocide against its Christian minorities.

If you won't help our people stay, help them leave - Catholic bishops from the Middle East

Aug 5, 2015 - 03:01 pm .- Catholic archbishops from Iraq and Syria said Tuesday that while they hope to help their people stay in the Middle East, they also believe those trying to leave are being unjustly discriminated against when applying for United States visas.

Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

Jul 27, 2015 - 08:04 pm .- As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight.

This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he's rescuing Christians from ISIS

Jul 17, 2015 - 04:02 am .- George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived to see his 95th birthday – celebrated this year – if not for the selflessness and generosity of Christians during World War II. 

Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria

Jul 7, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya Aziz, who was abducted by militants in Syria on Saturday.

Pakistani police save Christian couple from 'anti-blasphemy' mob attack

Jul 6, 2015 - 12:01 pm .- Police last week saved a Christian couple from a mob in Pakistan that attempted to kill them for allegedly committing blasphemy, the latest such violent incident in the country.

Muslim leaders in Lebanon condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The leaders of four branches of Islam in Lebanon gathered earlier this month to issue a joint statement in the face of sectarianism and the rise of the Islamic State, denouncing attacks against Christians in the region.

Another Christian youth is accused over blasphemy law in Pakistan

May 28, 2015 - 06:01 am .- Tension and fear have gripped the Christian community in Lahore, Pakistan's second largest city, after a Muslim mob attacked the community on Sunday when a young Christian man was accused of blasphemy.

Syrian Catholic archdiocese asks prayers for kidnapped priest

May 22, 2015 - 04:24 pm .- The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has asked for prayers for the priest’s safe release.

Despite support from their president, Egypt's Christians are attacked by their neighbors

May 21, 2015 - 04:04 pm .- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday.

Beware of 'white-gloved' terrorism, Pope tells Middle East nuns

May 18, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- One day after canonizing the first two Palestinian saints since the early days of Christianity, Pope Francis met with a group of sisters from the Holy Land – urging them to pray for peace against “white-gloved terrorism” and persecution.

Armenian genocide beckons for a new start in Turkey, historian says

Apr 24, 2015 - 04:23 pm .- On the day marking 100 years since the systematic killing of over a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman authorities, a Catholic historian insists that peaceful coexistence is possible today in Turkey.

Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

Apr 21, 2015 - 09:54 am .- Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and said that these modern “Stephens” suffer as the Church's first martyr did.

Kidnapped Nigerian girls deserve more than just a hashtag, activist says

Apr 15, 2015 - 04:16 pm .- The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country.

With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

Apr 15, 2015 - 04:31 am .- “At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq.

Slovak 'Charity Battalion' aids displaced Christians in Iraq

Apr 9, 2015 - 02:03 am .- It seems to be just another house in the city of Ozar on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Erbil, but a small sign shows it is different from the rest: the Saint Elizabeth Clinic is where Zuzana Dudova has set up operations along with her small contingent of Slovakian Catholic volunteers who are serving Christian refugees displaced from their homes by the Islamic State.

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