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Primate to lead Irish delegation to Iraq in November

Bishops concerned that process of taking in refugees seems to have slipped onto the back-burner of Irish politics.

2016.06.10.

Persecuted Church in Pakistan sees vocations boom

Lahore seminary rector sees increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life as “a sign of God's blessing” who is “always close to his people.”

2016.05.05.

ISIS is committing genocide against Christians: MPs

The crimes committed by ISIS include the rape of children, the killing by crucifixion of Christians and systematic violence against religious minorities.

2016.04.22.

Trevi Fountain to turn red for persecuted Christians

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of the Syrian city of Aleppo to speak at one of Rome's most famed tourist attractions about the plight of Christians.

2016.04.21.

ISIS persecution of Christians is genocide

Irish government urged to formally recognise genocide as criteria under the UN Convention have been met in Syria and Iraq: Aid to the Church in Need.

2016.04.08.

Dozens killed in attack on Christians in Lahore

Pope appeals to Pakistan's civil authorities and social groupings to restore security and peace especially to the most vulnerable religious minorities.

2016.03.29.

OLA nun helps victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria

Sr Anne Falola OLA reports on the efforts of the newly opened Maria Centre in the Nigerian capital Abuja to support those displaced by Boko Haram’s violence.

2016.03.12.

Report highlights difficulties of Nigerian Christians

In several areas the Christian presence has become virtually extinct; elsewhere congregations have grown due to an influx of Christians fleeing violence.

2016.03.07.

Christians urged to work for abolition of death penalty

“The commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has absolute value, and concerns both the innocent and the guilty,” Pope Francis said on Sunday.

2016.02.22.

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.
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