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Pope Francis appeals for fraternity in Yemen and Syria

In his traditional Christmas day Urbi et Orbi message, the Pontiff prayed that Syrians might “find fraternity after long years of war” and that Yemen’s recent truce would bring relief to its people and children “exhausted by war and famine”.

2018.12.26.

One in ten priests worldwide supported by Aid to the Church in Need

"Our job is primarily to support the Church in those places where it does not have the material resources to carry out its pastoral activities or where Christians are suffering from oppression, persecution and violence.”

2018.07.09.

Christian presence in Middle East under threat, says Pope

"A Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East."

2018.07.08.

Pope Francis prays for children caught up in conflict

“May beloved Syria at last recover respect for the dignity of every person through a shared commitment to rebuild the fabric of society, without regard for ethnic and religious membership.”

2017.12.26.

Global persecution of Christians at all time high

The report states that every single day Christians suffer persecution for their faith – many of them are left with no choice but to flee for their lives.

2017.10.25.

Christian are the most persecuted

“Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism,” states recent report.

2017.04.27.

Mental health issues for migrant children in Greece

Many of these children have escaped war and conflict only to end up in camps many of them call ‘hell’, where they say they are made to feel more like animals than humans.

2017.03.30.

US bishops “deeply troubled” by Trump’s new executive order

“We believe that by helping to resettle the most vulnerable, we are living out our Christian faith and ‘welcoming the stranger’ as Jesus has challenged us to do.”

2017.03.08.

US bishops express opposition to executive order on refugees

“The world is watching as we abandon our commitments to American values. These actions ... lower our estimation in the eyes of the many peoples who want to know America as a defender of human rights and religious liberty”.

2017.02.01.

President Higgins speaks out against xenophobia

“Racism and xenophobia are garnering electoral power in many countries” – President Higgins.

2016.11.23.

Catholic peace groups urged to support Aleppo bombing protest

“We cannot sit on the fence any more on this issue – we must stand up to this indiscriminate killing of people whether it is Russia or America that is responsible.”

2016.08.26.

Bishops in Wales slam negative media reports on refugees

“Over the past few weeks and months we have witnessed an unprecedented polarisation of attitudes on immigration and refugees, culminating in a dramatic and repugnant rise in race hate crime since the referendum.”

2016.08.22.

Three men ordained priests in Iraqi refugee camp

Fr Momika, who is from Qaraqosh, noted how 6 August marked the exact two-year anniversary since ISIS attacked his hometown, driving out inhabitants who didn’t meet their demands to convert to Islam, pay a hefty tax or face death.

2016.08.10.

Iraq war a ‘tragedy’ for Christians in Middle East

“The attack on Christians has been immense. Pray for their safety in this chaotic situation” - Chaldean Archbishop Bashar M. Warda told the UK-based Release International.

2016.07.09.

Bishops restate solidarity with refugees & persecuted Christians

“Today our witness to the distress of refugees should be a call to action.”

2016.06.21.

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.

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.

Pope laments “blind & brutal” violence of terrorism

The Easter message speaks especially to those seeking to escape from persecution and poverty.

2016.03.28.

Europe needs to be constructive actor for peace

Peace and security policies were at the centre of the debate of the spring plenary assembly of COMECE's bishops in Brussels.

2016.03.07.

Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul in new appeal

"Our situation is hard, our future is gloomy, and people are tired. They are waiting for a solution whereby they can restore their dignity."

2016.02.18.

Pope and Patriarch hold historic meeting in Cuba

Joint declaration pleads on behalf of world's persecuted Christians especially in the Middle East where families, villages and cities are being exterminated.

2016.02.13.

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.

Franciscan priest abducted in Syria freed

“The Custody [of the Holy Land] does not forget that other religious are still missing in Syria and invites everyone to continue praying for peace.”

2016.01.06.

Bishops to visit vulnerable Middle East Christians

Holy Land Coordination group will celebrate Mass in Bethlehem and visit the Christian community of Beit Jala which has suffered the loss of land and livelihood.

2016.01.05.

Priest abducted for a second time in Syria

Fr Dhiya Azziz is believed to have been abducted on his way back to his parish for Christmas after a brief visit to his family in Turkey.

2015.12.31.

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.

Patriarch to protest against Islamisation of minors

Campaigners will gather today in front of the Chaldean Church of St George in Baghdad to protest.

2015.11.10.

Cork parish reaches out to war-torn Syrian city

“The bombings are not coming to an end, on the contrary, they are increasing significantly both during the day and at night” - Fr Ibrahim in Aleppo.

2015.11.08.
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