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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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Pope Francis: Pray that China’s Catholics will be United to the Pope

Last edited 20th May 2015

At the conclusion of his May 20 general audience, Pope Francis asked Catholics around the world to pray for the Church in China on May 24. On that day, “Catholics in China will be praying with devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, at the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai,” Pope Francis said. “In the statue overlooking the shrine, Mary is holding up her Son, presenting Him to the world with arms open in a gesture of love and mercy.”

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Kenyan Bishop on International Indifference after Massacre of 150 Christian Students

Last edited 17th May 2015

When Pope Francis met with Bishops from Kenya, one of the main issues they talked about was the recent massacre of 150 Christian students in the University of Garissa. It's an attack that was carried out by Muslim extremists. On Holy Thursday, Christian students were separated for Muslims and were then shot. Visibly shaken, Bishop Anthony Muheria says he was disappointed by the international reaction, which didn't pay much attention to the tragedy.

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Christians May be Facing Worst Persecution in Millenia

Last edited 10th May 2015

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom recently released a report that describes violations of religious freedom in more than 30 countries throughout the world. The chair of the Commission said that Christians are facing some of the worst persecution in the history of the religion.

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Vatican Approves Statutes for Papal Commission for Protecting Minors

Last edited 10th May 2015

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors received temporary approval of its first set of statutes. U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston -- one of the pope's top cardinal advisers and president of the pontifical commission, had submitted a draft of the statutes, which were approved "by mandate of the supreme pontiff" April 21 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

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