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Pope, Arriving in Holy Land, Calls for Religious Freedom in Middle East
Catholic News Service (24 May 2014)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Pope Francis began a densely packed visit to the Holy Land with a call for religious freedom in the Middle East, including respect for the right to change one’s religion.

Free From Ordeal in Sudan, Woman Condemned for Apostasy Meets Pope
Catholic News Service (24 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting a Sudanese woman who risked execution for not renouncing her Catholic faith, Pope Francis thanked Meriam Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ.

Christian Patriarchs Denounce Silence on Persecution in Mideast
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs denounced the “total international silence” on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and called for Muslim religious authorities to issue fatwas, or legal edicts, banning attacks against Christians and “other innocents.”

Patriarchs Urge Westerners to Ensure Christians Can Remain in Middle East
Catholic News Service (15 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — United in the suffering of their people, five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East urged Westerners to take action to help ensure that Christians and other minorities can remain in the Middle East.

Middle East Groups Seek Protected Zone for Minorities in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (8 April 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A call for an area to protect Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq is gathering pace even as April marks the centenary of the 1915 genocide of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians.

Pope Calls for Catholic-Jewish Witness of Faith, Defense of Believers
Catholic News Service (20 April 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — European Christians and Jews must stand together in witnessing to faith in God and in defending one another from discrimination and persecution around the world, Pope Francis said.

Pray for Justice, Terrorists Who Kill in Name of God, Says Cardinal
Catholic News Service (19 June 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians and Muslims should pray for those who have “deviated from the true path of life” and kill in the name of religion, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran.

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