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Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

Mar 27, 2016 - 02:15 pm .- A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide bombing that left at least 65 dead and 300 wounded.

In groundbreaking move, US declares Christians among victims of ISIS genocide

Mar 17, 2016 - 08:58 am .- Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that Christians, Yezidis, Shi’a Muslims, and other religious and ethnic minorities are victims of ISIS genocide.

House backs genocide label for Christians under ISIS

Mar 14, 2016 - 07:44 pm .- The U.S. House of Representative voted Monday to declare that what is happening to Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East is genocide. 

Time is running out for Christians to be named genocide victims

Mar 5, 2016 - 06:55 am .- Pressure is mounting for the U.S. State Department to declare Christians as genocide victims at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS).

UPDATED: Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen

Mar 4, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday.

A plea to the US Secretary of State: Recognize anti-Christian genocide

Feb 25, 2016 - 04:43 pm .- The U.S. must not ignore the Islamic State’s genocide of Christians. That is the position of a petition drive and television campaign seeking to persuade Secretary of State John Kerry.

This Lent, an opportunity to help Middle East Christians

Feb 10, 2016 - 07:12 pm .- A gift of 40 dollars in Lent could help persecuted Christians and other refugees in the Middle East, thanks to the latest appeal from the Knights of Columbus.

The number of Christian martyrs has tripled in two years.

Jan 15, 2016 - 04:03 pm .- In 2013, there were some 2,100 Christians killed for faith-related reasons across the globe. Last year, that number rose to at least 7,100, according to a recent report from an advocacy group.

Most Americans say Islamic State atrocities are genocide

Jan 5, 2016 - 06:05 pm .- Most Americans support a broad recognition of Islamic State atrocities against Christians and other minorities as genocide, a recent survey says.

The beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians was 'just the beginning'

Dec 22, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- While the days of the Muslim Brotherhood are over, one expert says the February murder of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by ISIS has opened the door to an even wider persecution – one that's gaining steam under new forms of Islamic authoritarianism.

What history can teach us about why the 'genocide' label matters

Dec 10, 2015 - 07:15 am .- A U.S. designation of genocide for ISIS’ actions would offer prompt and significant support to the religious minorities it has targeted, said one researcher, warning that history cautions against inaction.

A growing coalition agrees: Christians are genocide victims too

Dec 8, 2015 - 04:18 pm .- Legal experts, religious leaders, and now an independent government commission are asking the U.S. State Department to include Christians among the victims of genocide perpetrated by ISIS.

Even a missile strike couldn't stop Sunday Mass at this Syrian church

Nov 7, 2015 - 04:23 am .- When a missile hit the roof of the church of Saint Francis Parish in Aleppo, Syria, the congregation didn’t flee.

Those who've stayed – what now for Christians in Syria and Iraq?

Nov 5, 2015 - 06:02 am .- War in Iraq and Syria have taken a heavy toll on the Chaldean Christians of the Middle East. Now Chaldean bishops like Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq are asking what they can do to help Christian refugees survive and preserve their faith in times of trouble.

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.

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