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Migrants in Europe.

Compassion vs. security: What to do with Syrian refugees?

Dec 21, 2015

By Matt Hadro

As the U.S. plans to increase its intake of Syrian refugees to 10,000 next year, Americans – including Catholics –... Read more

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

Dec 10, 2015

By Matt Hadro

A U.S. designation of genocide for ISIS’ actions would offer prompt and significant support to the religious minorities it has... Read more

Destroyed buildings in Homs, Syria.

A growing coalition agrees: Christians are genocide victims too

Dec 8, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Legal experts, religious leaders, and now an independent government commission are asking the U.S. State Department to include Christians among... Read more

Refugee at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Your apathy is hurting ISIS victims – a challenge to US Christians

Dec 8, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Christians in the U.S. must stop their apathy to the bloody persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, said... Read more

Memorial for Paris attacks at Bataclan Theater, Paris.

Paris archbishop: When the pain is too great, we cling to God

Nov 18, 2015

In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the... Read more

Cardinal Pieto Parolin at the North American College in Rome on Jan. 6, 2015.

Parolin on ISIS threats: Vatican may be a target, but we're not backing down

Nov 17, 2015

By Elise Harris

In wake of Friday’s violent terror attacks in Paris, the Vatican’s Secretary of State said that while the small country... Read more

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Islamic State.

Dialogue with the Islamic State? Not likely, says Cardinal Parolin

Oct 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said that while interreligious dialogue is important, it’s not likely possible with... Read more

Father Jacques Mourad, who recently escaped from the Islamic State.

'It's truly a miracle' – kidnapped Syrian priest escapes from Islamic State

Oct 15, 2015

A Syrian priest who was captured by Islamic State militants in May thought he would die for his faith. Now,... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Religious leaders, scholars ask Obama to declare ISIS violence a genocide

Oct 7, 2015

More than 100 religious leaders, scholars, and human rights advocates signed a letter Monday asking President Obama to formally declare... Read more

Christian refugees in Mar Elia parish centre in the Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Iraqi Christians who fled Islamic State share their story

Sep 23, 2015

The plight of Christians in the Middle East was the focus of an educational and fundraising event in Denver on... Read more

The US Capitol building.

Resolution introduced in Congress to call Islamic State atrocities 'genocide'

Sep 14, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Members of Congress introduced a resolution on Thursday to label the atrocities committed by the Islamic State against Christians and... Read more

Refugee children at a Refugee Camp in Iraq.

Knights of Columbus sending one month of food to Erbil refugees

Sep 8, 2015

This month, the Knights of Columbus will provide food to some 13,500 families in Erbil who have been displaced by... Read more

Islamic State released images showing its militants demolishing Mar Elian monastery outside Al Quaryatayn, Syria, August 2015.

Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Aug 21, 2015

Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a... Read more

A Christian church in Al-Hasakah, Syria, in 2009.

Could the release of 22 Christians signal another Islamic State attack?

Aug 13, 2015

By Elise Harris

After Islamic State militants on Tuesday freed 22 Christians they have held captive since February, a Syrian archbishop cautioned that... Read more

The hands of a Syrian woman now living as a refugee in Jordan.

Priest urges prayer for victims, perpetrators of latest Islamic State abduction in Syria

Aug 10, 2015

A priest in Syria has called for prayer after militants of the Islamic State kidnapped dozens of both Christians and... Read more

George Weidenfeld at the Axel Springer 100th Anniversary Ceremony on May 2, 2012.

This Jewish man survived Nazi Germany. Now he's rescuing Christians from ISIS

Jul 17, 2015

George Weidenfeld was barely eighteen when Nazi forces occupied his homeland of Austria in 1938. He may not have lived... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Mosul archbishop's plea to the West: Save us from ISIS

Jun 13, 2015

A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS.

A year after ISIS invasion, religious minorities in Mosul could disappear

Jun 9, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

One year after ISIS invaded Mosul, the Iraqi city’s diverse religious heritage is on the verge of extinction, warned a... Read more

Sister Diana Momeka, OP appeared before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington D.C. on May 13, 2015.

Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

May 13, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned... Read more

Refugee children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq 2 on March 28, 2015.

Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

May 5, 2015

Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital... Read more