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‘Christians are not safe’: European Parliament calls attention to terrifying Christian persecution

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – During the meeting on Wednesday, Schulz said Christian persecution is “undervalued” and “hasn’t been properly addressed.” EP Vice President Antonio Tajani referred to Europe’s protection of persecuted Christians throughout the world when he said the country sometimes “falls into the temptation of thinking [it] can ignore this task.” Speakers […]

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Christians in the Middle East: ‘it’s nothing short of genocide’

A Statement by Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “Lord Jesus Christ.” These three whispered words rose above the sound of the surf to overcome death, as 21 Coptic Christians – brothers as dear to us as our own family – knelt in the sand before the executioner’s sword. The […]

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Defend Marriage and Religious Liberty from “Invasive Public Policies”

VATICAN CITY — In the lead-up to his first visit to the United States next month for the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22-27, Pope Francis has sent a powerful message to American Catholics and all US citizens, urging them to defend traditional marriage and the freedoms on which their nation was […]

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Is Islam a religion of war or peace? Both – and Muslims must decide, priest says

Rome, Italy, May 21, 2015 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Following last week’s online release of an audio message from the caliph of the Islamic State, one expert says the group’s understanding of Islam calls on all Muslims to re-evaluate Islamic history. “The only solution is a radical reform to the internal reading of Islamic […]

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Christians returning to Homs, Syria, even though Islamic State looms

Homs, Syria, Apr 1, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of the Syrian regime’s taking full control of the ancient Christian city of Homs almost a year ago, a measure of normality has returned for local residents – including a remnant of the Christian population. The long-time home […]

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100 million reasons for concern about anti-Christian persecution

Denver, Colo., Jan 8, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The number of persecuted Christians in the world has topped 100 million, according to a new report that says even non-violent persecution of Christians has increased, amid continuing violence. “Even Christian-majority states are experiencing unprecedented levels of exclusion, discrimination and violence,” David Curry, president of […]

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ISIS reportedly selling Christian artifacts, turning churches into torture chambers

Dec. 23, 2014. FoxNews: The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously […]

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At UN, cardinal condemns terrorism’s use of religion

New York City, N.Y., Sep 26, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Terrorism represents a “fundamental threat to our common humanity” and people of faith must condemn religion-based terrorism, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, told the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday. Invoking the founding of the United Nations after World War II […]

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Iraqi refugees in desperate need of aid, relief worker says

Rome, Italy, Aug 26, 2014 / 02:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As summer comes to a close and colder temperatures approach, Iraqi refugees will increasingly rely upon the international community to meet their needs, an aid worker on the ground in Kurdistan said.Kris Ozar, head of programming for Catholic Relief Service Egypt, has been traveling back […]

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Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

Vatican City, Aug 22, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country.Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, […]

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