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Gaza: Israel and Hamas Agree to a 12-hour Ceasefire
Last edited 27th July 2014

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian truce in Gaza, starting 8 am (5 am GMT). However, Israel said it would continue to "locate and neutralise" Hamas tunnels during the pause and vowed to respond if it came under attack. A spokesman for Hamas, Sami Abu Zuhri said late on Friday that there was "national consensus on a humanitarian truce... for 12 hours on Saturday".

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Christian Persecution in Iraq: Mosul Cathedral Becomes Mosque
Last edited 25th July 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has removed the crosses from all 30 churches and monasteries in Mosul and converted the Syriac Orthodox cathedral into a mosque, according to the Assyrian International News Agency.

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Holy See Calls for Ceasefire & Lasting Peace in Gaza
Last edited 24th July 2014

In a statement issued during a special session of the Human Rights Council, the Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

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World's Top Muslim Leaders Condemn Attacks on Iraqi Christians
Last edited 24th July 2014

Two of the leading voices in the Muslim world denounced the persecution of Christians in Iraq, at the hands of extremists proclaiming a caliphate under the name Islamic State. The most explicit condemnation came from Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the group representing 57 countries, and 1.4 billion Muslims.


Holy See Addresses UN on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Last edited 23rd July 2014

"A culture of violence is being consolidated, the fruits of which are destruction and death."

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Christians Worldwide Mobilise for Iraqi Church: #WeAreN
Last edited 23rd July 2014

“We need more than words now, we need concrete actions, we need the solidarity of Christians worldwide, not to be afraid to talk about this tragedy”, says Archbishop Amel Nona of Mosul speaking to Vatican Radio over the phone from Nineveh province, Northern Iraq.

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Iraq: Jihadists Expel Monks from Historic Monastery
Last edited 22nd July 2014

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the jihadist group that now controls one-fourth of Syria and 40% of Iraq, stormed a Syrian Catholic monastery on July 20 and expelled the monks.

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USCCB decries Obama’s LGBT executive order as ‘unprecedented and extreme’
Last edited 22nd July 2014

Referring to the “irrefutable rightness of your cause,” President Barack Obama signed an executive order banning federal employment discrimination against transgendered persons and prohibiting “all companies that receive a contract from the federal government from discriminating against their LGBT employees.”


ISIS Robs Christians Fleeing Its Edict in Mosul: Convert, Leave, or Die
Last edited 22nd July 2014

After being issued an ultimatum from ISIS in Mosul, some of the city’s last Christian families have fled, only to be robbed of their last possessions at ISIS checkpoints. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demands: Convert to Islam, pay an anachronistic Islamic tax for non-Muslims known as jizya, leave Mosul, or be killed.

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Amid Violence, Priest Opts to Stay with Parishioners in Gaza
Last edited 21st July 2014

Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza strip, stayed with his parishioners despite three missile strikes near his parish earlier this week.

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