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Priest who survived labor camp recalls suffering as gift

Apr 2, 2014 - 10:17 am .- Monsignor Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for thirty years due to his Marian devotion, noting that although the experience was painful there were also many blessings.

Worldwide Christian persecution a growing trend, report shows

Mar 19, 2014 - 04:07 am .- In a recently-released summary report called “Persecuted and Forgotten?” Aid to the Church in Need has revealed a worldwide growth in discrimination against Christians in scope and frequency.

Senate urged to create envoy for Christians in Middle East

Mar 7, 2014 - 03:13 pm .- A Catholic bishop and a Baptist pastor urged members of the U.S. Senate to address the “dire situation” facing Christians in the Middle East, proposing a special religious freedom envoy to the region.

Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Feb 19, 2014 - 04:35 pm .- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject. 

Christians are most persecuted group on earth, legislators told

Feb 12, 2014 - 12:56 pm .- Experts testifying before U.S. lawmakers warned that many Christians around the world are facing serious persecution that often goes unreported and undeterred.

Bishop details secrecy of Christian conversions in Lebanon

Feb 12, 2014 - 02:03 am .- According to a local bishop, numerous conversions of Muslims to Christianity occur every year in Lebanon but the true number is unknown because of the risk of social stigma and persecution.

Archbishop urges prayer for targeted Ukraine Christians

Jan 31, 2014 - 01:32 pm .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia called on Catholics to pray for the Church in Ukraine during the country's recent crisis and to support U.S. restrictions on its political and business leaders.

Pakistani blasphemy law a threat to all religions, chairman says

Jan 29, 2014 - 05:27 am .- During a special round-table meeting last week, various professionals gathered to raise awareness of Pakistan’s extension of the death-penalty for persons who commit crimes against the Koran.

Reports of Christian martyrdom nearly doubled in 2013

Jan 9, 2014 - 04:51 pm .- Nearly twice the number of Christians were reported as dying for their faith in 2013 than the previous year, according to a new study by an organization monitoring global religious persecution.

Drastic increase in murders of religious, missionaries in 2013

Jan 8, 2014 - 01:18 pm .- The Church throughout the world has expereince increased violence in the past year, according to a recent global report on the murders of priests, religious and lay faithful.

Wife of imprisoned pastor says faith helps her persevere

Dec 16, 2013 - 05:21 pm .- The wife of a Christian pastor imprisoned in Iran is relying on her faith as she speaks out to ask for prayers and concrete aid in helping secure the return of her husband to the United States.

Pope Francis: Christians worldwide are 'united in blood'

Dec 16, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- In an interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa Dec. 15, Pope Francis called ecumenical dialogue a priority of his pontificate, noting that Christians of all traditions face the same persecution today.

End times will bring greater persecution to Christians, Pope says

Nov 28, 2013 - 10:34 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis reflected on the end times, saying that faith will be increasingly pushed out of the public square and that persecution of Christians is a “prophecy” of what is to come.

Pope lauds courageous choices of modern martyrs

Nov 25, 2013 - 10:01 am .- In his daily homily, Pope Francis spoke of the faithfulness of God, highlighting the importance of trusting him with one’s life, and praising those who maintain this trust despite grave persecutions.

Social media campaign calls for pastor's release from Iranian prison

Nov 22, 2013 - 12:38 pm .- More than 3,000 people used social media on Nov. 21 to call for the release of a pastor imprisoned in Iran, as part of a new campaign to support the pastor, a U.S. citizen and convert to Christianity.  

Defend persecuted Christians, Cardinal Dolan urges bishops

Nov 11, 2013 - 11:11 am .- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, urged his fellow bishops to be advocates of Christians persecuted for their faith around the world, encouraging prayers as well as action on their behalf.

Iranian prison transfer endangers pastor's life, supporters warn

Nov 10, 2013 - 04:27 pm .- Iranian authorities have reportedly transferred imprisoned U.S. citizen Saeed Abedini to a dangerous prison, prompting concern from human rights groups and calls for U.S. leaders to secure the Christian pastor’s safety.

Prayer vigils recognize American pastor imprisoned in Iran

Sep 30, 2013 - 05:39 pm .- Human rights advocates gathered in front of the White House last week to pray and raise awareness for Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen who has been held in an Iranian prison for the past year.

Do not forget Syria's Christians, priest urges Westerners

Sep 27, 2013 - 04:58 pm .- A Syrian priest has urged the West to remember the Christians in his country, many of whom are fleeing due to fear of the violence and shortages brought about by the ongoing civil war.

Letters, prayer vigils to mark one year in jail for pastor in Iran

Sep 20, 2013 - 02:04 am .- Supporters of human rights and religious freedom around the globe are joining in prayer and a letter-writing campaign on the one-year anniversary of Iranian imprisonment for Christian pastor Saeed Abedini.

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July 31, 2014

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Priest

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