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Iraq’s Christians fleeing to Syria to escape violence

Iraqi Christians are fleeing to neighbouring Syria in search of refuge from violence and persecution meted out by Islamic militants,... Read more

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Bishop blames massive attack against Iraqi Christians to ‘foreign fanatics’

Fourteen Iraqi Christians were believed dead last night at least 60 wounded in Baghdad and Mosul and after car bombs... Read more

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Iraqi priest says dialogue between Turks and Iraqi Kurds are “a step towards peace”

Fr. Nizar Semaan, an Iraqi priest in Mosul, told the Vatican news agency Fides this week that meetings between Turkish... Read more

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Cardinal Arinze urges dialogue, harmony among Christians and Muslims in Nigeria

Dialogue, respect, mutual acceptance and the promotion of development and justice are the best ways to create positive relations between... Read more

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Cardinal Tauran to Muslims: “conflict must not prevent dialogue”

During his speech at the Conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, former Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, said... Read more

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Catholic student tortured to death in Pakistan for refusing to deny faith in Christ

Javed Anjum, a 19-year-old Catholic student from Quetta in Pakistan died from torture wounds inflicted by Muslim extremists in Faisalabad... Read more

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Israeli press says Catholic Church will take custody of Upper Room

The Tel Aviv daily Maariv has published a report which, if confirmed, would signify a major milestone in the history... Read more

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Catholic pilgrims launch Peace Marathon in the Holy Land

Fifteen Italian athletes will participate in the Jerusalem-to-Bethlehem Peace Marathon today with the aim of encouraging peace in the region... Read more

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Cardinal Martino calls pulling of troops out of Iraq “imprudent”

In an interview with the Italian daily, “Corriere de la Sera,” just days after Spanish President Jose Luis Zapatero announced... Read more

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Iraqi Catholics call on Arab Muslim countries to condemn terrorism

Fr. Nizar Semann, an Iraqi priest from the region of Mossul, told the Fides News Agency that the time has... Read more

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Holy Land needs new leaders, says patriarch

Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah said new Israeli and Palestinian leaders, bolder religious leaders and an end to suicide bombings are... Read more

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Spanish soldiers in Iraq offer prayers for terrorist victims in Madrid

Hundreds of Spanish soldiers stationed in Iraq attended Mass Sunday and offered prayers for the victims of last week’s terrorist... Read more

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Rebels killed archbishop, says government report

Burundian rebels assassinated Archbishop Michael Courtney Dec. 29 since his car was flying the Vatican flag, states a recent draft... Read more

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Persecuted bishop asks for international help so that Sudanese can decide their own future

One of the symbols of religious persecution in Sudan, Bishop Macram Max Gassis of Obeid, is calling on the international... Read more

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Catholic organization among the most efficient in responding to earthquake survivors in Iran

Despite working in a majority Muslim country, Catholic Charities in Iran has been one of the most efficient organizations in... Read more

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Light increase in number of pilgrims to Bethlehem for Christmas

According to the Fides News Agency in Rome, the number of pilgrims in Bethlehem has increased slightly this Christmas, but... Read more

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'Gospel is not for sale': Ugandan Anglicans on gay ordination

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not for sale. That was the firm and unmoveable response of the Anglican Church... Read more

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Iraqi priest calls for the building of a new nation after capture of Saddam

Speaking with the Catholic news agency Fides, Fr. Nizar Semaan, a renowned priest of the diocese of Nineveh (Iraq), said... Read more

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Iraqi bishop on Saddam’s capture: “Head of the serpent has been crushed”

In an interview given to the Catholic missionary Agency “Asia News,” Iraqi Bishop Rabban al Qas expressed his hope for... Read more

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New Iraqi Patriarch concerned with Muslim fundamentalism

The new top Catholic leader of Iraq,  Emmanuel III Delly, recently elected Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, expressed yesterday... Read more