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24 Jun 2014 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the United States has a special responsibility to the people of Iraq, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace called for diplomatic measures rather than a military response to the crisis facing the country.  Read more...
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24 Jun 2014 – BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Sitting outside their childhood home on Star Street, three sisters and their cousin chatted as they watched a small parade of children dance past, following a variety of clowns and jugglers and two giant dancing puppets.  Read more...
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24 Jun 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic bishops expressed their concern about the war in Syria and Iraq and warned that Lebanon’s presidential vacuum poses a dangerous risk to the country, particularly amid the escalating regional turmoil that they said threatens to change the map of the Middle East.  Read more...
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20 Jun 2014 – AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Desperate to reunite with family in Europe, a young Syrian refugee recently paid thousands of dollars to a human trafficker to help him and his brother travel abroad. Instead, the pair found themselves tricked, half-way on the opposite side of the world — in China.   Read more...
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19 Jun 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III said Christians in the Middle East feel “abandoned, even betrayed” by the West as a militant Islamic force occupied large areas of Syria and Iraq.  Read more...
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16 Jun 2014 – AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) —The fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targeted long before Iraqi security forces abandoned the major political and economic hub.   Read more...
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13 Jun 2014 – FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — Just as the divisions among Christians have a different history and have provoked different levels of tension in various parts of the world, the steps toward Christian unity will have geographical differences, said speakers at a conference promoting “receptive ecumenism.”   Read more...
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13 Jun 2014 – FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — A husband and wife each active in their own Christian community can be models of an important step in the movement toward Christian unity: not just recognizing their diversity, but loving it despite the pain it sometimes can bring, said couples at a conference on ecumenism.  Read more...


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