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Terrified Christians Driven out of Mosul
Last edited 24th July 2014

Rawan Jinan, a 25-year-old Iraqi Christian, says when she received an order on June 18 to leave Mosul within 24 hours, she could not believe her eyes.

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Archbishop Kurtz: Do Not Forget the Power of Prayer Amid Violence
Last edited 23rd July 2014

Surrounded by numerous violent conflicts throughout the world, the faithful should not forget the power of prayer, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Iraqi Nuns Released; Church Leaders Report Mistreatment of Minorities
Last edited 16th July 2014

Two Iraqi nuns and three orphans kidnapped in late June have been released safely, according to the Christian rights group Middle East Concern. The group, citing Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako, said the five were released July 14 without anyone paying ransom. They are reported to be in good physical health. They also said they were treated well during their abduction.

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Women Religious Attacked in Bangladesh
Last edited 15th July 2014

Last week dozens of armed men broke into a convent in northern Bangladesh, beating a group of nuns at a small mission.

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Church of England Votes for Women Bishops
Last edited 14th July 2014

The General Synod of the Church of England voted July 14 to authorise the ordination of women as bishops and approved motions pledging to respect and work with people who believe that, theologically, the vote was a mistake.

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Pope Francis: Pray 'Insistently' for Peace in the Holy Land
Last edited 14th July 2014

Speaking after the Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday 13 July 2014, the Pope described his appeal as “heartfelt” and said we must all continue to pray insistently for peace in the Holy Land in the light of the tragic events of the past days.

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Catholics in Holy Land Pray for Peace, Reconciliation
Last edited 13th July 2014

Under the back and forth of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, concerned Catholic migrants from India are praying for peace in the Holy Land. "So far, the migrants are safe and no casualties have been reported," Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told CNA July 11.

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Vatican Bank Press Conference 9th of July 2014
Last edited 10th July 2014

In a Vatican press conference, Australian Cardinal George Pell, head of the Vatican’s economic secretariat, announced the latest changes, which he said are designed to improve vigilance and transparency. “There are many challenges and much work ahead,” Cardinal Pell said. “The Holy Father has made it clear these changes should move forward expeditiously.”


Meet the New President of the Vatican Bank
Last edited 9th July 2014

This is the new president of the Vatican Bank, also known as the IOR. Fifty one year old Frenchman Jean-Baptiste de Franssu is an investment and financial management expert. Cardinal George Pell, who serves as the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, introduced him, along with the bank's former president, Ernst von Freyberg.


Turkish Ramadan Feast Brings Faiths Together in Sydney
Last edited 7th July 2014

By six o'clock in the evening, with the sun fully set and the new moon rising, Sydney- based newly weds Azmi and Deniz Alkan were busy in the kitchen preparing what would prove to be an amazing array of culinary delights. They were preparing the Iftar feast that breaks the day's Ramadan fast.

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