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Pope Expresses Sorrow Over Execution of 30 Christians by the Islamic State

Last edited 21st April 2015

The Pope has sent his condolences to the Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Abuna Matthias, over the murder of 30 Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State terrorists. On Sunday, the terrorist organization released a video depicting the execution of 30 men. Half were beheaded and half were shot. In his message, Pope Francis expresses sorrow and dismay at the latest murder of Christians.

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Migrants Killed in 'Religious Clash' on Mediterranean boat

Last edited 17th April 2015

Italian police say they have arrested 15 Muslim migrants after they allegedly threw 12 Christians overboard following a row on a boat heading to Italy.


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In Destroyed Israeli Village, Exiled Residents Unite at Church

Last edited 14th April 2015

For the elders of Iqrit, their biggest regret in life is not having been able to raise their children together. On April 13, they congregated with the younger generations in the old Church of St. Mary for Easter Monday Mass in this destroyed Melkite village perched on a sloping hill in Western Galilee.


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Over 1,000 Religious Denounce Anti-Christian Persecution

Last edited 13th April 2015

Consecrated men and women from around the world have “urgently denounced” the persecution of Christians and urged the international community to “implement concrete interventions” for peace. The message was signed by Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, prefect of the Congregation for Consecrated Life and Institutes of Apostolic Life, on behalf of the nearly 1,300 religious gathered for an international congress in Rome.


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Pray for Peace, Cardinal Urges Kenyans after Massacre

Last edited 9th April 2015

The president of the Kenyan bishops’ conference has called on Easter worshippers to commit themselves to praying for peace and security in their homeland after Islamist terrorists attacked a college campus days earlier.


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ISIS and the Cross

Last edited 23rd March 2015

The ISIS terrorist group recently released a brutal video titled “A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” Up and down the centuries, tyrants and their lackeys have thought that they could wipe out the followers of Jesus through acts of violence. But as Tertullian observed long ago, the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.


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Two Bishops Kidnapped in Syria, Still Missing After 2 Years

Last edited 16th March 2015

On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed.


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Pakistan's Church Bombings & Christian Persecution

Last edited 16th March 2015

At least 14 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in bombings targeting two Christian churches in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore. A Roman Catholic church and a Christ Church in Lahore's Youhanabad area were hit in Sunday's suicide attacks.


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A Global Problem: Anti-Christian Harassment Around the World

Last edited 4th March 2015

Christian groups lead the world in a sobering statistic: they suffer harassment in more countries than any other religious group. “The world’s two largest religious groups, Christians and Muslims, continued to be harassed in the most countries, and there was a notable increase in the number of countries in which Jews and adherents of folk religions were harassed,” the Pew Research Center said in a Feb. 26 report on trends in religion-related restrictions and hostilities.


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New Vatican Leaks Aim to Undercut Secretariat for Economy

Last edited 1st March 2015

The leaking of these internal documents bore testimony to the mounting resistance within the Vatican against the economic reforms spearhead by Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy. The leaks also provided a reminder of the “Vatileaks” scandal, which plagued Pope Benedict XVI and led many cardinals to call for a thorough reform of the Vatican bureaucracy.

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