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Volume 45, Number 2
  
24 March 2016
Greg Kandra




In this image from December, Nabil Jelil Daud and his wife, Semira Ayup Miha, both from Qaraqosh, Iraq, pose in front of their trailer at Ashti 2, a camp for internally displaced people in Erbil. Pope Francis has called on people to remember persecuted Christians in Iraq.
(photo: CNS/Oscar Durand)


Pope Francis: Do not forget persecuted Iraqi Christians (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has called on people to “not forget the tragedy of persecution” in a letter sent Iraq Christians in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. The letter — along with a gift of liturgical vestments and monetary support — was brought to the city by a delegation of the Italian branch of Aid to the Church in Need, led by the Bishop of Carpi, Francesco Cavina...

Iraq says it has launched offensive to retake Mosul (AP) The Iraqi military backed by U.S.-led coalition aircraft on Thursday launched a long-awaited operation to recapture the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, a military spokesman said. In the push, Iraqi forces retook several villages on the outskirts of the town of Makhmour, east of Mosul, early in the morning on Thursday and hoisted the Iraqi flag there, according to the spokesman for the Joint Military Command, Brig. Gen. Yahya Rasool...

Catholic Eastern churches in India will not follow changes in foot-washing ritual (UCANIndia.in) The two Eastern Catholic churches in India have decided not to include women in the washing of the feet ceremony on Maundy Thursday this year...

Canadian archdiocese seeks to increase refugee sponsorships (Catholic Register) The Archdiocese of Toronto is asking Ottawa for the chance to sponsor another 4,000 refugees over the coming year, said Martin Mark, director of the refugee office. But the ambition of Toronto Catholics may be on a collision course with a hard cap on the number of private sponsorships Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is willing to process...

Food for Ethiopia’s hungry stuck on ships (Bloomberg) Food supplies flowing to Ethiopia during the country’s growing hunger crisis are meeting a major challenge: they can’t get to people fast enough. Ethiopia is doubling its wheat purchases after the harshest drought in half a century, causing bottlenecks of ships at the country’s main port in neighboring Djibouti. At least 10 vessels are waiting to unload about 450,000 metric tons of wheat, according to information on the port’s website and ship-tracking data on Bloomberg. One carrying 50,000 tons of wheat and sorghum is berthed...

Muslim restorers feel history at work in mosaics above Jesus’ burial site (CNS) It’s quiet and dark in the cavernous gallery above Jesus’ burial place in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Raed Khalil and his small team of trained restorers have been patiently and methodically cleaning off centuries of soot and dirt from 39 ancient mosaics and two carved marble pieces, some of which may date back to the Byzantine period. All but one of the restorers are Muslim...