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Vatican Statement for Ramadan: Christians and Muslims Should Unite Against Religious Violence

Last edited 21st June 2015

In a message to the world’s Muslims, issued for the start of Ramadan, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has called for cooperative action against religious violence. The Vatican document addresses Muslims who have suffered from religious violence, losing relatives and friends or witnessing the destruction of their homes and heritage. These acts of violence are grave, the document says. “However, what makes them even more heinous is the tentative of justifying them in the name of religion.”

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After Mass Shooting Horror, S.C. Catholics Mourn with Charleston Church

Last edited 18th June 2015

A mass shooting at a historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. drew prayers and sympathy from the state’s Catholics, aghast at the horror of the crime which may have had racial motivations.

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Muslim Leaders in Lebanon Condemn Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Last edited 17th June 2015

The leaders of four branches of Islam in Lebanon gathered earlier this month to issue a joint statement in the face of sectarianism and the rise of the Islamic State, denouncing attacks against Christians in the region.

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Guilty Silence: A Voice for Persecuted Christians

Last edited 16th June 2015

There exists a great suffering that many do not dare to cry out. HM Television wants to unite to the cry of so many souls, especially those of Christians, who are suffering persecution because of their faith. The clip "Guilty Silence" gives a voice to those who are living persecution themselves and to those accompanying the persecuted in their pain. These testimonies are excerpts from interviews that you can find in the HM Television series, "In the Footsteps of the Nazarene."

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Mosul Archbishop's Plea to the West: Save Us from ISIS

Last edited 14th June 2015

A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and property to some 120,000 exiled Iraqi Christians.

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Australian Religious Leaders Call on PM & Parliament to Uphold True Meaning of Marriage

Last edited 11th June 2015

Thirty-eight of Australia's religious leaders, representing major religious traditions and a broad diversity of faiths and cultures, have written a public letter to the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, urging him to resist attempts in Federal Parliament to redefine the meaning of marriage.

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Christian Persecution: Asia Bibi Still in Paskistani Prison

Last edited 8th June 2015

Christian Paskistani woman Asia Bibi was sentenced to death in November 2010, following accusations of blasphemy from a group of Muslim women who refused to let her drink water from the same well. She has always denied the accusations. Pakistani authorities have ignored an international outcry and calls for her release.

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Holy Father's Bosnia Trip Aims to Build Bridges in Divided Nation

Last edited 5th June 2015

Pope Francis' concern for those suffering on the margins and for small Catholic communities that have kept the faith alive through war or repression will take him to Bosnia-Herzegovina in early June. By making a one-day trip June 6 to Sarajevo, he said he hoped he could "be an encouragement for the Catholic faithful, give rise to the development of the good and contribute to strengthening fraternity, peace, interreligious dialogue and friendship."

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Persecuted Christians in Iraq Plead 'Don’t Forget Us'

Last edited 26th May 2015

Don’t forget us,” said bishops, priests and faithful from Mosul, Iraq, earlier this year. After being subjected to violence and threats from the Islamic State group and forced to choose conversion to Islam or death, they had abandoned the life they had built. Running into the deserts for days, they reached, exhausted and penniless, refugee camps the Iraqi Church had set up for them.

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What is Pentecost? Why Does It Matter?

Last edited 22nd May 2015

For Christians, Pentecost is a holiday on which we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the early followers of Jesus. Before the events of the first Pentecost, which came a few weeks after Jesus’ death and resurrection, there were followers of Jesus, but no movement that could be meaningfully called “the church.” Thus, from an historical point of view, Pentecost is the day on which the church was started. This is also true from a spiritual perspective, since the Spirit brings the church into existence and enlivens it. Thus Pentecost is the church’s birthday.

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