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11 Sep 2013 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Two recent graduates of Bethlehem University, along with a school official, detailed the challenges involved in getting an education — and in daily life — in Israeli-occupied Palestine.  Read more...
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10 Sep 2013 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — Tanil Kahiaian, a refugee from the Syrian city of Aleppo, said he is doing what he can for the others fleeing his country. He, his wife and two children escaped the Syrian war almost a year ago, and since he has watched “tens of thousands” pour into neighboring Turkey as he did.  Read more...
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10 Sep 2013 – NEW YORK (CNS) — Military strikes on Syria are unjustified and will create a far larger humanitarian disaster for people already suffering from hunger, displacement and critical lack of medical care, said the Vatican nuncio to the United Nations.  Read more...
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Pope Calls Selfishness the Cause of War (Catholic News Service)
09 Sep 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Leading a crowd in prayer for peace in Syria, Pope Francis said that war is ultimately caused by selfishness, which can be overcome only though expressions of fraternity and never with violence.  Read more...
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06 Sep 2013 – WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CNS) — The president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land said his Christian counterparts in the region worry that U.S. strikes in Syria would further inflame a situation where many nations ply for influence.   Read more...
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26 Aug 2013 – VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called again for an end to the fighting in Syria, denouncing the “multiplication of massacres and atrocious acts,” including the suspected chemical weapons attack that left hundreds dead.  Read more...
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23 Aug 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran leaders in Jerusalem prayed for an end to violence and bloodshed in Egypt and the protection of the values of “democracy, dignity and religious freedom.”  Read more...
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23 Aug 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Rushed judgments in times of war and conflict, especially by the media, do not always lead to the truth and will not bring peace, said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican observer at United Nations agencies in Geneva, including the U.N. Human Rights Commission.   Read more...


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