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25 Aug 2014 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although Christians, Muslims and Jews have struggled for hundreds of years to live peacefully alongside each other in the Middle East, “we have never seen the kind of ‘religious cleansing’ we are witnessing today,” said the head of the region’s Franciscans.  Read more...
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22 Aug 2014 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Ukrainians prepared to mark their 24 August Independence Day under the cloud of fierce fighting in the East, Catholic leaders condemned the threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and prayed for a speedy end to the hostilities.  Read more...
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22 Aug 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — As secretary to Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III, Father Rami Wakim has met scores of Syrian refugees, but said he was shocked at the flood of displaced Iraqis he encountered in Erbil, Iraq.   Read more...
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20 Aug 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Erbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants.  Read more...
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20 Aug 2014 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. bishops’ Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs said the Catholic Church remains committed to dialogue with leaders of other religions and Muslims in particular.  Read more...
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20 Aug 2014 – Dominican Sister Attracta Kelly in Adrian, Michigan, has been able to speak a few times with the superior of a group of Iraqi Dominicans and knows how desperate their situation is since they escaped Islamicists in northern Iraq.  Read more...
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19 Aug 2014 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dominican Sister Attracta Kelly in Adrian, Michigan, has been able to speak a few times with the superior of a group of Iraqi Dominicans and knows how desperate their situation is since they escaped Islamicists in northern Iraq.  Read more...
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19 Aug 2014 – MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — A group of 11 sick, disabled and elderly Iraqi Christians —including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer — defied terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam or be beheaded, saying they preferred death to giving up their faith.  Read more...


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