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COMECE hails condemnation of ISIS genocide

“So-called ISIS/Da’ish is committing genocide against Christians and Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minorities."

2016.02.09.

Pope asks for forgiveness for Christian divisions

Pontiff will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Reformation.

2016.01.27.

Shiite leader urges return of Christians’ homes

On a visit to Dublin 'Vicar of Baghdad' Canon Andrew White recounts persecution of Christians in Middle East.

2016.01.15.

Muslims shield Christians in Kenyan bus attack

Al-Shabab massacre foiled as Muslim bus passengers face down Islamist gunmen and stand in solidarity with Christians.

2015.12.23.

First Catholic university opens in Iraq

“The university is a message to those who want us thrown out of the circle of history. It means we are staying ...”

2015.12.15.

Walk of Light brings Advent message to the capital

“As Christmas approaches with glitter, jingles and lights in shops and streets, we set out and declare publicly and together that Christ is the light that has come into the world."

2015.11.24.

CofI marks 25 years since first female ordination

Bishop notes "serious decline in vocations to the ministry" in those Churches that do not ordain women.

2015.10.21.

Report to highlight scale of persecution of Christians

Aid to the Church in Need to publish ‘Persecuted and Forgotten? A Report on Christians oppressed for their Faith 2013-15’.

2015.10.11.

Martin & Nichols lend support to Holy Land Christians

Widespread dismay at continuing construction of Cremisan Valley wall which will separate 58 Christian families from their lands and livelihood.

2015.09.17.

All faiths must work together on ecological crisis

Cardinal Peter Turkson sends message of support to two-day Islamic climate change symposium taking place in Istanbul.

2015.08.18.

Concerns grow for 250 kidnapped Syrian Christians

Christians in Quaryatay have been living in fear of IS since May this year, when Fr Jacques Mourad, the Syrian-Catholic priest responsible for Mar Elian convent, was kidnapped.

2015.08.17.

Pope Francis decries persecution of Christians

“I renew the hope that the international community not remain silent and inert in front of these intolerable crimes."

2015.08.08.

100m Christians face discrimination & persecution

Between November 2013 and October 2014, 4,344 Christians were killed “for reasons closely linked to their faith” and 1,062 churches were attacked.

2015.08.01.

Pray for Iraq’s Christians on 7 August: Patriarch

Chaldean Catholic Church leader publishes prayer to mark first anniversary of ISIS’ overrunning of Christian villages on the Nineveh Plain in August 2014.

2015.07.31.

Prayer for persecuted Christians around the world

Pope Francis emphasises ecumenical dimension of the charismatic movement, rooted in a common baptism. Unity among Christians must begin with prayer.

2015.07.06.

“We have sacrificed everything for our faith”

Bishops listen to "heart rending" testimony from Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Iraqi city of Mosul on the plight of his people.

2015.06.11.

Call for solidarity with persecuted Christians

Christians in the Middle and Near East "endure and sustain unspeakable human suffering and degradation, intimidation and displacement" - Archbishop Michael Jackson.

2015.05.31.

Ashers bakery may appeal NI discrimination ruling

Christian-owned bakery found guilty of discrimination by Belfast court for refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage.

2015.05.20.

100,000 Christians killed annually for their faith

Ongoing persecution is an issue that unites all Christians Bishop McAreavey tells Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade.

2015.05.14.

Ecumenical Bible Week begins on Pentecost Sunday

Representatives of Ireland's main Christian churches will explore and study the application of the Word of God to life and culture through 32 events at 15 venues.

2015.05.08.

232 Christians held hostage by ISIS jihadis

"We are cut off, like an island, surrounded by jihadists from all sides", Syrian Catholic Archbishop relates, as ISIS lays siege to town.

2015.05.02.

Syrian bishop appeals to US over aid to extremists

The conflict in Syria could come to an end much more quickly if the US would pressure its allies to stop aiding extremist groups: Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo.

2015.05.01.

Govt urged to press EU on persecuted Christians

Persecution is intensifying, Archbishop Neary warns, with ancient Christian communities driven from their lands through ethnic cleaning.

2015.04.30.

Tackle myth that religions lead to global conflicts

Bishop of Limerick tells Three Faiths Forum that religion has "a very valuable role to play in the transformation of conflict".

2015.03.19.

Bishops express solidarity with suffering Syrians

Since 15 March 2011, 210,000 people have been killed in the war in Syria, one million injured, and more than 4 million people have fled the country.

2015.03.15.

L’Arche’s Jean Vanier wins 2015 Templeton Prize

"Our society will really become human as we discover that the strong need the weak, just as the weak need the strong. We are all together working for the common good.”

2015.03.12.

Christians in Syria feel abandoned by world

ISIS has begun killing some of the 150 Christians taken hostage from villages in northeast Syria.

2015.02.27.

End ‘globalisation of indifference’ Pope appeals

Lenten message calls believers to a new conversion - to believe in and live the communion of saints, to reach out to the poor and those 'far away'.

2015.02.20.

‘Religious freedom is at the heart of human rights’

Speaking on World Day for Peace, Bishop of Cork & Ross says “Turning to violence in the name of religion is a perversion of everything that a religion stands for.”

2015.01.02.

Pope expresses his esteem for Mid East Christians

The Pope says he follows daily reports of the “enormous suffering endured by many people in the Middle East.”

2014.12.24.
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