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Martin Luther King Jr. addresses a crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his famous I Have a Dream speech during the Aug. 28, 1963 march on Washington DC.

The fight for human dignity - how MLK speaks to ISIS, abortion

Jan 19, 2015

By Matt Hadro

The ongoing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is that every human life is sacred and must be protected... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on the papal plane on his way to Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25, 2014.

Is dialogue with terrorists a lost cause? Pope Francis says no

Nov 25, 2014

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

Speaking to journalists in-flight on his way back from Strasbourg, Pope Francis touched on dialogue with extremist terrorists – saying... Read more

Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

Nov 20, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence,... Read more

A refugee mother with her child, who is having stomach problems and other issues because of the heat.

Displaced Christians in Kurdistan – 'Their tears have run dry'

Oct 30, 2014

Christians who were forced from their homes in northern Iraq by the Islamic State this summer are a people whose... Read more

Dr. Katrina Lantos Swett speaks at a press conference to announce the Defending Freedoms project Dec 6, 2012.

Want to prevent threats like ISIS? Religious freedom key, official says

Oct 27, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Promoting religious freedom abroad is vital for U.S. national security interests in preventing the rise of threats such as ISIS,... Read more

Canadian Parliament.

Ottawa archbishop cancels event, calls for prayers in wake of shooting

Oct 23, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Archdiocese of Ottawa, Canada, released a statement canceling its annual charity dinner in the wake of yesterday’s shooting, and... Read more

A family at the Khazair checkpoint after fleeing from Mosul, Iraq on June 11, 2014.

'Don’t abandon us' – Church in Mosul 'no longer exists'

Oct 23, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said... Read more

A young boy refugee in Erbil, Iraq.

Crowdfunding campaign aims to raise $1 million for Iraqi Christians

Oct 22, 2014

A Catholic lay organization has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness and money to help persecuted Christians and other... Read more

 A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil.

Hard winter looms for Iraq's 'betrayed' Christian refugees

Oct 18, 2014

Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages... Read more

Fr. Ghazwan Yousif Baho speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

Priest returning to Iraq: ISIS threatens the whole world

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said... Read more

 Fr. Ghazwan Yousif Baho speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

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

Oct 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

Father Ghazwan Yousif Baho had the option to stay in Italy when he recently accompanied an elderly Iraqi couple to... Read more

Children in the Church of St. Josef in Ankawa, Erbil in Iraq.

Iraq has done 'absolutely nothing' for displaced Christians

Oct 8, 2014

An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has... Read more

Mubarak and Agnese Hano from Iraq at Mass with Pope Francis.

Iraqi couple finds courage in a Pope who suffers with them

Oct 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

An elderly couple who lost everything after fleeing their home due to ISIS violence met with Pope Francis on Sunday,... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi answers questions on the Pope's visit to the Holy Land in May.

No plans to raise security ahead of Pope's Albania visit

Sep 15, 2014

By Ann Schneible

There are no plans to increase security for Pope Francis' Sept. 21 trip to Albania despite new reports of a... Read more

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

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

Sep 12, 2014

An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and... Read more

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

Sep 11, 2014

Amid controversial remarks by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), Christian leaders at a historic ecumenical conference voiced the need for unity... Read more

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

Knights' collection for persecuted Iraqis passes $2 million

Sep 11, 2014

A Knights of Columbus relief fund for persecuted Iraqi refugees has now surpassed $2 million, and the order has released... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Italian publication says it does not see ISIS violence as 'war of religion'

Sep 8, 2014

Jesuit-run Italian newspaper La Civiltà Cattolica has clarified that it does not view ISIS violence as a 'war of religion,'... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analyst: Vatican regards Islamic State as waging a 'war of religion'

Sep 4, 2014

According to prominent Vatican analyst Sandro Magister, the Holy See views the aggression of the Islamic State as a religious... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014.

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

Sep 1, 2014

By Elise Harris

After sending a letter to Pope Francis on the plight Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS violence, Fr. Behnam Benoka received a... Read more