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'Don’t Abandon Us' - Church in Mosul, Iraq 'No Longer Exists'
Last edited 23rd October 2014

Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to shepherd.


Church to Appeal Asia Bibi Death Penalty
Last edited 21st October 2014

Catholic leaders in Pakistan will appeal to their country’s Supreme Court after a lower court upheld the death penalty for a blasphemy ruling against a Christian mother of five children.


Pakistan to Execute Christian Sentenced for Blasphemy
Last edited 21st October 2014

A Pakistani court has upheld the death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, whose 2010 conviction for blasphemy led to the assassination of two politicians who supported her, a defense lawyer said Friday.


Vatican Publishes Synod Report. Includes List of Votes For and Against
Last edited 19th October 2014

With unprecedented transparency, the Pope called for the Synod's midterm report to be openly distributed. It includes a full list and the votes on the proposals being considered. The document is the edited and approved version of the midterm report presented by Cardinal Erdo, which had 470 proposals. As of now though, the votes don't have any weight as far as implementation.

Synod Important for "Desperate" Christian Families in Iraq
Last edited 13th October 2014

The solidarity expressed by Synod currently being held in Rome towards Christian families in the Middle East who are experiencing a period of great "difficulty", in particular Iraq, is a very positive signal because it is "important to talk about this situation... and it gives us the strength to go forward", says Msgr. Emil Shimoun Nona, Chaldean archbishop of Mosul, the first Iraqi city to fall into the hands of the militia of the Islamic State.


Catholic Priest and 20 Parishioners Kidnapped in Syria
Last edited 7th October 2014

A Catholic priest and about 20 of his parishioners have been abducted by Islamic extremists in Syria on the day that Pope Francis called for a summit on the Middle East.


Vatican's Abuse Panel Plans to Include More Experts, Another Survivor
Last edited 7th October 2014

A papal commission on child protection will be expanding its nine-member panel to include more experts and another survivor of clerical abuse. The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established last December, is now awaiting the pope's approval of members' latest efforts as they aim to lay out a pastoral approach to helping victims and prevent future abuse.

Laos: Christians Arrested for Prayer Service in Private Home
Last edited 6th October 2014

Police in Laos have released six Christians who were arrested for violating a local order against communal prayer services in homes, the Fides news service reports.


Bishop Prays for Victims of Plane Crash in Papua New Guinea
Last edited 30th September 2014

In Papua New Guinea, the Bishop of Bereina has prayed for the four persons killed Sept. 20 when their aircraft, which was carrying supplies to a remote village, crashed.


'You Are Not Alone': Social Media Campaign Supports Persecuted Christians
Last edited 24th September 2014

Thousands of believers have come together to offer support for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, inspired by the words of Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the personal envoy of Pope Francis to Iraq. In an interview with CNA, Mauricio Artieda, the director of Catholic-Link, discussed the “20 Days for Peace” campaign, which Catholic-Link launched to urge people to pray for the difficult situation faced by Christians in Iraq and Syria.


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