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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.

Prayer a stronghold in life, death of Catholic journalist James Foley

Aug 20, 2014 - 07:01 pm .- Prayer not only served as a source of strength for Catholic journalist James Foley – who was allegedly killed by militant Islamic State forces – but is now a foundation for his family and community.

Full transcript of Pope's in-flight interview from Korea

Aug 18, 2014 - 04:30 pm .- Speaking to journalists aboard the Aug. 18 flight to Italy from South Korea, Pope Francis said he supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

Pope Francis backs intervention in Iraq to stop 'aggressor'

Aug 18, 2014 - 12:07 pm .- Pope Francis supports international intervention in Iraq and is willing to go to there personally if it will help end the violence against Christians and other religious minorities.

Aid to the Church in Need pledges $1m to aid Iraqi Christians

Aug 14, 2014 - 04:01 am .- The U.S. branch of the Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need has pledged $1 million to help persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria, calling on all Christians to pray and to give financial support for those in need.

Italian bishops call on faithful to pray for Iraqi Christians

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:04 am .- As the plight of Christians and other religious minorities intensifies under the spread of the Islamic State, Italian charities and dioceses are putting into action a series of initiatives to help displaced Iraqis.

Vatican diplomacy focuses on humanitarian intervention in Iraq

Aug 13, 2014 - 05:21 pm .- The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State has pushed Vatican diplomacy to add strong calls for international humanitarian intervention to its prayers for the situation.

Knights of Columbus will match donations to aid persecuted Iraqis

Aug 12, 2014 - 02:54 pm .- The Knights of Columbus have established a matching fund to assist Christians and other religious minorities facing severe persecution or displacement in Iraq and nearby countries.

Obama authorizes Iraq airstrikes to prevent religious genocide

Aug 8, 2014 - 10:15 am .- Late Thursday night the Obama administration announced that it has launched a military and humanitarian operation to protect both U.S. personnel and Iraqi civilians against ISIS attacks.

Iraqi Christians facing risk of genocide, patriarch warns

Aug 7, 2014 - 10:41 am .- The seizure of Iraq’s largest Christian town has prompted a mass exodus of refugees, which a leading Catholic bishop described as a Way of the Cross that could become a genocide unless the global community intervenes. 

Sec. John Kerry calls for release of pastor in Iran

Aug 2, 2014 - 06:17 am .- Nearly two years after a U.S. citizen was imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith, calls for his release continue.

Christians a fundamental part of Iraq, ambassador observes

Jul 31, 2014 - 05:16 am .- The Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See has lamented the ongoing persecution of Christians by ISIS forces in Iraq, stating that they are an important and historic part of the country’s origins.

Bishops' charge to US government: help Iraqi Christians

Jul 30, 2014 - 04:41 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul.

Petition calls on UN to stop Christian genocide in Iraq

Jul 29, 2014 - 10:54 am .- Following the expulsion of Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul by ISIS jihadists, a new petition calls on the United Nations to intervene in the country.

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