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Many children haven’t even a cave like Jesus’ to live in

Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, appeals on behalf of the people of Gaza.


Violence leaves India’s Christians fearful

Church and civic leaders warn “These acts of violence are not isolated incidents."


ISIS converts Mosul’s churches into prisons

Concerns that female prisoners being held in St George’s monastery are being abused there.


Govt urged to send diplomatic mission to Syria

President of Caritas Syria, Bishop Antoine Audo SJ, describes conditions in Aleppo, ravaged by four years of conflict.


CofI dioceses seek €150,000 for Gaza hospital

Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Michael Jackson, to launch Advent Appeal for Al Ahli Hospital on Tuesday.


Prince highlights lack of religious freedom

New report reveals worrying concerns for people of faith in 116 of the world’s 196 countries.


Boko Haram’s terror continues despite ceasefire

Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri warns "There is a religious undertone to this whole mess.”


Pope decries indifference to Mid East Christians

Pontiff and Vatican Secretary of State call for an adequate response to Christians' suffering by the international community to prevent new genocides.


Priest and 20 parishioners abducted in Syria

Rebels linked to Jabhat Al-Nusra blamed for kidnappings close to Turkish border.


‘Walk to Mass’ in solidarity with Iraq’s Christians

Donations received by Aid to the Church in Need are being distributed directly to parishes in Iraq and Syria.


Pope concerned by anti-Christian violence in Africa

Pontiff warns of urgent need to promote a dialogue of life with Muslims to discourage violence against Christians.


Archbishop Welby condemns IS militants’ brutality

"We are seeing an extreme religious ideology that knows no limits in its persecution of those who are culturally or religiously different."


Amnesty finds evidence of ethnic cleansing in Iraq

Report warns Assyrian Christians, Yazidis, Turkmen and Shabaks 'risk being wiped out'.


Religious leaders to attend Antwerp peace conference

Sant'Egidio Community’s ‘Peace is the Future’ conference to dialogue against backdrop of the centenary of the First World War.


Dublin Mass marks solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Faithful urged to walk to Mass on Sunday 31 August as a gesture of solidarity with persecuted Christians.


Muslims urged to take courageous stance against ISIS

Vatican Council says “unspeakable criminal acts” committed by Sunni jihadists bring shame on humanity.


2013 saw largest crackdown on religions

Religious Freedom Report notes that last year “the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory”.


Christians must be agents of hope: Archbishop

In his homily for Reek Sunday, Archbishop Neary questions if Christians “have become accustomed to Christianity being marginalised in the public domain."


Pope prays for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

Pontiff assures Christians of the Middle East of his closeness and constant prayer.


Mosul’s last remaining Christians flee ISIS

“We offer [Christians] three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment... if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword.”


Catholic nuns prepare to leave Gaza

Death of five children on Thursday follows killing of four boys, aged between nine and 11, on Wednesday.


Harry Potter producer plans new film about Jesus

Historical 're-telling' to be based on highly controversial book by Muslim Reza Aslan.


Church of St Peter in Antioch reopens Sunday

Cave chapel is where Christians of Antioch met in times of persecution and where St Peter was bishop before coming to Rome.


Pope announces September visit to Albania

Pontiff critical of 'throwaway culture' and neglect towards young and old in "tired Europe".


Irish Church urged to pray for peace in Holy Land

Pope hosts “unprecedented prayer initiative” for two Middle Eastern leaders and Patriarch.


Pope weeps for crucified Christians

Laments that “In some countries you can still go to jail for possessing a Gospel.”


Lord Alton pleas for persecuted Christians

Warning that West's "indifference" to plight of Christians is compounding the crisis.


Jesuit missionary shot dead in Homs

Fr Frans van der Lugt stayed with Christians unable to flee conflict.


Lord Alton says West in denial over Christian persecution

Christians “remain the most persecuted religious group the world over."


Christians in Syria systematically targeted: Lord Alton

British government questioned as to what it is doing to stop the flow of weapons into Syria.

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