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Life of an Iraqi Displaced by Violence: More Difficult than Sickness or Death
Last edited 1st August 2014

As the fighting in Iraq continues, so does the number of innocent civilians fleeing the conflict. According to the United Nations, since June, some 300,000 Iraqi left Mosul and neighboring cities for the safety of Kurdistan.


Protestors Slam Global Failure to Save Missing Nigerian Girls
Last edited 30th July 2014

Gathering outside the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to mark the 100th day since the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria, protestors urged more effective action to return them home.

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Bishops' Plea to US Government: Help Iraqi Christians
Last edited 30th July 2014

The U.S. bishops have urged the U.S. government to assist Iraqi Christian victims of persecution, while France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have fled Mosul.

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The Meaning of Religious Freedom and the Future of Human Rights - Cardinal Pell 2013
Last edited 31st July 2014

Cardinal George Pell delivered the Annual Lecture on Religious Freedom at the School of Law at the University of Notre Dame in Australia, on 22 August 2013.

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Middle East: Catholic Church is an Anchor of Hope Amid Violence
Last edited 28th July 2014

As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1,000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities.

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Pro-Life 'One of Us' Initiative Challenges Veto Imposed by European Commission
Last edited 28th July 2014

The pro-life European Citizen's Initiative titled "One of Us” is headed to court to challenge the veto from the European Commission this past May. Proponents of the measure said the veto was anti-democratic. The pro-life network of the same name collected nearly two million signatures throughout Europe. Their proposal would gives legal standing to human embryos, and cut taxpayer funding for embryonic stem cell research.


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.


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