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Up to 100 Christians Abducted in Syria (Catholic News Service)
24 Feb 2015 – DOHUK, Iraq (CNS) — Dozens of Assyrian Christians were abducted by Islamic State forces during a new offensive against a string of villages in northeastern Syria, aid and civil rights organizations reported.  Read more...
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24 Feb 2015 – NEW YORK (CNS) — Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic charity helping persecuted Christians around the world, has pledged $2.8 million in emergency aid to help Christians in Syria.  Read more...
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Ukrainian Catholic Leader Invites Pope (Catholic News Service)
23 Feb 2015 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church invited Pope Francis to visit the war-torn nation, saying it would help bring peace.  Read more...
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20 Feb 2015 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis urged Ukraine’s Catholic bishops to focus on the social and human tragedies unfolding in their country and avoid politicizing their role as church leaders.  Read more...
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18 Feb 2015 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for prayers for the Egyptian Christians beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya and asked that God recognize these men killed for their faith.  Read more...
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18 Feb 2015 – BEIRUT (CNS) — The Middle East is suffering a “Way of the Cross” that is the greatest tragedy since World War II, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said in a Lenten message about suffering.  Read more...
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13 Feb 2015 – PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The Ukrainian Catholic bishops in the United States appealed for daily fasting and prayer for the citizens of Ukraine, their elected officials and the Ukrainian army.  Read more...
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12 Feb 2015 – SHARIAH COLLECTIVE, Iraq (CNS) — Young children happily sing songs in Kurdish and Arabic, play interactive games, learn to count and how to read and write under a big colorful tent. Meanwhile, teens and pre-teens study more serious subjects.  Read more...


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