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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.


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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Human Rights Watch Releases Boko Haram Death Toll in 2014
Last edited 21st July 2014

The death toll caused by Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria surpassed 2,000 people so far in 2014. International NGO, Human Rights Watch, released a report documenting more than 100 attacks, which claimed 2,053 civilian lives, in the first half of this year alone.


The Downing of MH17 a "Trail Of Human Evil" - Bishop Peter Comensoli
Last edited 21st July 2014

The downing of MH17 was not an innocent accident; it was the outcome of a trail of human evil, Bishop Peter Comensoli, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese told a special Mass of remembrance and a call for peace at St Mary's Cathedral yesterday.

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Iraq: ISIS Abducting, Killing, Expelling Minorities - Please #PrayforPeace
Last edited 21st July 2014

The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) is killing, kidnapping, and threatening religious and ethnic minorities in and around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Since capturing Mosul on June 10, 2014, the armed Sunni extremist group has seized at least 200 Turkmen, Shabaks, and Yazidis, killed at least 11 of them, and ordered all Christians to convert to Islam, pay “tribute” money, or leave Mosul by July 19.

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Suicide Car Bomb Kills Nine in Baghdad, Claimed by Islamic State
Last edited 17th July 2014

A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State militant group killed three people on Thursday in the centre of Baghdad and a second bomb outside the Iraqi capital killed six people, police and medics said. The bomb in central Baghdad, claimed by the al Qaeda offshoot, exploded near the Shi'ite mosque of Abdullah bin Rawah in the main wholesale market of Shorja, the sources said.

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Israel Launches Ground Invasion of Gaza
Last edited 18th July 2014

Israel has launched a ground operation in Gaza on the 10th day of an offensive to stamp out rocket attacks from the Palestinian enclave, the army said.

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298 Killed as Malaysia Airlines 'Blown Out of Sky' by Missile over Ukraine
Last edited 17th July 2014

Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was apparently blown out of the sky by a missile near Ukraine's border with Russia, killing 298 people on board.

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