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Six miles from ISIS: A shockingly brave priest returns to Iraq

Oct 9, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Father Ghazwan Yousif Baho had the option to stay in Italy when he recently accompanied an elderly Iraqi couple to an audience with Pope Francis.

Iraq has done 'absolutely nothing' for displaced Christians

Oct 8, 2014 - 04:47 am .- An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has expressed dismay at the national government in Baghdad for failing to offer assistance.  

Iraqi couple finds courage in a Pope who suffers with them

Oct 1, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- An elderly couple who lost everything after fleeing their home due to ISIS violence met with Pope Francis on Sunday, saying the encounter gave them hope because they know they are not alone.

Hundreds gather as pastor's Iran imprisonment reaches two years

Sep 30, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Hundreds of advocates gathered Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C., to pray for the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has now been imprisoned in Iran for the past two years.

'You are not alone': Social media campaign supports persecuted Christians

Sep 23, 2014 - 03:26 pm .- Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq.

Defense of all persecuted believers highlighted at DC summit

Sep 16, 2014 - 06:45 pm .- Support of religious freedom for all those being persecuted was reiterated at a conference in the nation’s capital following outcry over comments made by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.).  

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

Sep 12, 2014 - 04:01 am .- An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and will continue inspiring future believers for generations.  

Former imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion

Sep 11, 2014 - 05:03 pm .- A former Muslim imam who converted to Christianity believes that God protected him from death threats and torture at the hands of his family members.  

Sen. Cruz's tense Middle East remarks prompt calls for Christian unity

Sep 11, 2014 - 03:03 am .- Amid controversial remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Christian leaders at a historic ecumenical conference voiced the need for unity in the face of the mass persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Despite violence, rumors of Nigeria split called a false alarm

Sep 8, 2014 - 12:02 pm .- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama spoke out in the wake of more violent attacks in Nigeria, noting that although fears are high, rumors that the country is following a similar pattern as Iraq are exaggerated.

Interfaith women's group begs UN to act in Middle East

Sep 1, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering in Iraq and Gaza.  

Pope Francis to Iraqi priest: I'll never leave or forget you

Sep 1, 2014 - 09:00 am .- After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a phone call from the pontiff who gave his blessing and assured of his prayers.

Greek Catholics face hostility amid unrest in Ukraine

Aug 29, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- A bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church called for peace amid escalating conflict with pro-Russian separatists, stating that the Church there is facing increased persecution as fighting goes on.

Iraqi refugees working to help each other survive

Aug 29, 2014 - 09:33 am .- Christians and other religious minorities who have fled areas in Iraq that have fallen under Islamic State control are now helping one another to survive as refugees, an aid worker said.  

Pakistani leader talks persecuted Christians with Pope Francis

Aug 29, 2014 - 02:03 am .- In a brief encounter with Pope Francis following his general audience yesterday, former Pakistani minister Paul Bhatti discussed persecuted Christians and invited the pontiff to visit their country.

Muslim scholar decries violence: 'I am a Nazarene, too'

Aug 28, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Referring to the label “Nazarene” marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity – maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well.

Chilean lawmakers ask president to denounce Iraqi violence

Aug 27, 2014 - 12:42 am .- The Chilean Congress has unanimously approved a measure calling on President Michelle Bachelet to condemn “the brutal persecution” of Christians in Iraq and to ask the U.N. to take measures for a “quick solution.”  

Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

Aug 26, 2014 - 02:37 am .- As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to meet their needs, an aid worker on the ground in Kurdistan said.  

Baghdad bishop: Take a 'real' challenge by praying

Aug 25, 2014 - 04:24 pm .- A bishop in Baghdad is challenging the faithful across the world to join in 30 minutes of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Aug. 26 for peace in Iraq and for refugees of violence in the country.

Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution

Aug 22, 2014 - 04:01 am .- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge.

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