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08 Apr 2014 – ROME (CNS) — A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits’ Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.  Read more...
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04 Apr 2014 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — Repeated references to persecution of Christians, “usually referring only to what Christians suffer at the hands of criminals claiming to be Muslims, plays into the hands of extremists,” said Catholic leaders in the Holy Land.  Read more...
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26 Mar 2014 – OXFORD, England (CNS) — Members of the Ukrainian Catholic Church are fleeing Crimea to escape threats of arrest and property seizures, a priest told Catholic News Service just four days after Russia finalized the region’s annexation.  Read more...
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26 Mar 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — From Lebanon, where he led the church’s response to one of history’s biggest humanitarian crises, Maronite Chorbishop Simon Faddoul will carry with him to Africa the motto he took when he was ordained a priest 27 years ago: “Here I am Lord, send me.”  Read more...
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26 Mar 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Bishop Simon Atallah of Baalbek-Der El-Ahmar said he was the target of a failed kidnapping attempt on 22 March.   Read more...
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24 Mar 2014 – BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Pope Francis’ “pilgrimage of prayer” is a revival of hope for the people of Bethlehem, said Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun.  Read more...
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19 Feb 2014 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After a night of violent confrontations between protesters and police and the deaths of more than two dozen people, Pope Francis and Ukrainian church leaders called on 19 February for an end to all violence and a serious commitment to dialogue for the good of Ukraine.  Read more...
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31 Jan 2014 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — On the eve of an Israeli Supreme Court decision concerning the construction of a contested segment of the security barrier in the West Bank town of Beit Jala, U.S. and Canadian bishops sent letters to their governmental representatives urging them to push Israel to stop building along the proposed route.   Read more...


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