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Pope Urges United Nations to Act in Iraq
Last edited 13th August 2014

Pope Francis has urged the United Nations “to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities” in Iraq.

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Vatican Calls on Muslim Leaders to Condemn Islamic State
Last edited 12th August 2014

The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the "barbarity" and "unspeakable criminal acts" of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue.

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Vatican Calls on Muslim Leaders to Openly Condemn Attacks Against Minorities in Iraq
Last edited 12th August 2014

The Vatican is calling on Muslims leaders to condemn the violence and persecution of minorities in Iraq, including Christians, Yezidis and other ethnic minorities. Through a written statement, the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Inter-religiuos Dialogue calls on all religious leaders, especially Muslims to directly condemn the attacks and take a stance against jihadists and their 'unspeakable criminal acts.' Failing to do so, reads the statement, would undermine the credibility of religion, their followers and their leaders.


Catholic Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon Recall Horror of Militant Attacks
Last edited 12th August 2014

The memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears. "These people know no limits of humanity, decency, or respect for human life," he said of the Islamic State fighters.

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Lebanese Bishops Back Efforts Against Terrorism
Last edited 11th August 2014

Lebanon's Maronite Catholic bishops have issued a statement of support for their country's military in its campaign against Islamic terrorism.

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Church Leaders Remain in Libya ‘In Solidarity with Those Working for Peace’
Last edited 11th August 2014

A Catholic official in Libya said Church leaders would stay in the country to support Christians who have remained there. “People are frightened — there’s no visible law and order, and absolutely no police or military protection for our churches,” said Franciscan Father Allan Arcebuche, vicar general of Tripoli’s Catholic apostolic vicariate, the Church jurisdiction in the region.

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Pope Asks for International Action to Help Iraq's Persecuted Christians
Last edited 7th August 2014

Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for tens of thousands of Christians from villages in northeastern Iraq who were forced from their homes in the middle of the night by Islamic State militants.

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Husbands or Birth Control: Which Pulls Women out of Poverty?
Last edited 7th August 2014

Husbands or birth control: which pulls women out of poverty? Given that there is a significant correlation between poverty and single-mother families, one might think that reducing poverty is a matter of simply increasing marriage rates among the poor. However, a recent article in Phys.Org argues that this approach has not proved successful, for “research shows that single mothers living in impoverished neighborhoods are likely to marry men who won't help them get out of poverty.


Sydney's Christians Protest ‘Silent Genocide’ Taking Place in Iraq and Syria
Last edited 4th August 2014

Thousands of Christians from Australia's Iraqi community have attended a peaceful protest in Sydney against religious persecution in their homeland by Islamist militants. They were joined by Christians of all backgrounds for a march from Belmore Park near Central Station in Sydney, to Martin Place in the centre of the city.

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Caritas President: Ceasefire First Step to Peace in Holy Land
Last edited 3rd August 2014

The president of the Catholic Church’s international aid organization is calling for a permanent ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. In a message, issued Thursday, the president of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, notes this is the third war in five years between the two parties.

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