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Syrian Patriarch Calls for Prayer as Peace Talks Begin
Last edited 24th January 2014

The Patriarch of Antioch has called for prayers “in every home in Syria” and around the world for a successful international peace conference in Switzerland which began on 22 January 2014.

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The World's Most Ancient Christian Communities are Being Destroyed. Where is the Outrage?
Last edited 23rd January 2014

Like many Coptic Christians in Egypt, Ayman Nabil Labib had a tattoo of the cross on his wrist. And like 17-year-old men everywhere, he could be assertive about his identity. But in 2011, after Egypt's revolution, that kind of assertiveness could mean trouble.

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Fr. Robert Barron comments on Anti-Catholic Prejudice
Last edited 23rd January 2014

Last week there were 2 remarkable anti-Catholic outbursts in the public forum. More and more we are seeing society accept attacks on the Catholic Church. Are they justified? Are they even correct? Fr. Robert Barron examines modern day anti-Catholic prejudice in Western society.


Ukrainian Archbishop Calls for Peace Amid Violent Protests
Last edited 22nd January 2014

In wake of increasing violence due to ongoing political protests, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk is petitioning his countrymen to pray for peace and unity as political unrest continues.

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North Korea's Persecution of Christians Worst in World
Last edited 21st January 2014

US citizen and devout Christian, Kenneth Bae, who was paraded in front of the foreign media by his North Korean captors yesterday, has asked Washington to help secure his release. The 44-year-old, who led small mainly American groups on tours of the totalitarian state was arrested in November 2012. Accused of using his tourism business to form factions to overthrow the government , he was tried in May last year and sentenced to 15 years hard labour.

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New Vatican Document: Christian Opposition to Violence
Last edited 22nd January 2014

A new document on religion and violence has been released by the Vatican, particularly addressing the claim by critics of religion that there is a direct link between religion and violence. In this document, Catholic theologians illustrate, on the basis of the truth of Jesus Christ, the relationship between the revelation of God and a non-violent humanism.

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Egypt's Coptic Christians Hope for Brighter Future
Last edited 19th January 2014

Bishop Anba Suriel, the Melbourne-based senior cleric of Australia's Orthodox Coptic Christians currently in Cairo, believes this week's overwhelming vote in favour of the constitution put forward by Egypt's interim government promises a brighter future not only for Copts but for all religious minorities.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18-25 January 2014
Last edited 17th January 2014

Every year, from 18-25 January, we have a special Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year, Pope Francis has asked Christians all over the world to pray: "That Christians of diverse denominations may walk toward the unity desired by Christ." Let us join Pope Francis in prayer this week!

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Religious Hostilities Reach Six-Year High
Last edited 16th January 2014

The share of countries with a high or very high level of social hostilities involving religion reached a six-year peak in 2012, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. A third (33%) of the 198 countries and territories included in the study had high religious hostilities in 2012, up from 29% in 2011 and 20% as of mid-2007.

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Evangelical Clergyman Killed in Andhra Pradesh, India
Last edited 14th January 2014

A group of strangers murdered an evangelical pastor in Andhra Pradesh and tried to kill his wife as well before they fled the scene of the crime.

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