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Pope urges Muslims to take a stand on terrorism

Ecumenical Patriarch and Pope's joint declaration condemns global indifference to ISIS persecution of Christians.


Allow yourselves to be led by the Spirit Pope urges

On second day of Turkey visit, Pontiff prays with Grand Mufti at Blue Mosque and later prays with Ecumenical Patriarch and celebrates Mass for Catholic communities.


Papal visit to Turkey will benefit ecumenical ties

Ecumenical Patriarch says restoration of Christian unity “cannot happen overnight” but Catholic and Orthodox leaders are working to strengthen ties.


‘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.


Bishop Doran appeals for prayers for Iraq

Britain’s Prince Charles tells Chaldean Patriarch he is “heartbroken” by the situation in Iraq.


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'.


Pope consoles family of slain US journalist

It is "licit to stop unjust aggressor" Pope tells journalists when asked about Iraq.


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.


Pope and cardinal concerned for Iraq’s Christians

Concrete humanitarian steps needed in order to respond to the desperate situation of Iraqi Christians and all minorities Cardinal Brady warns.


Dominican Sisters remain in Iraqi city of Mosul

Crucifixes removed from Christian churches by ISIS, nuns warn.


Pope sends personal envoy to northern Iraq

Cardinal Filoni is tasked with bringing the Pope's personal message of solidarity as well as financial aid to Iraq's beleaguered Christians.


Church leaders take stand for threatened people of Iraq

Holy See's permanent observer to the UN says international community beginning to act but in the long run "a dialogue of reconciliation and acceptance of diversity" is needed.


Tens of thousands of Christians flee from largest town in Northern Iraq

Rampaging Islamic State Jihadists force Christians to flee, occupy churches and burn manuscripts in Northern Iraq.


Archbishop Clarke marks outbreak of World War I

Memorialising must consider violence, carnage, and suffering of the innocent in Gaza, Israel, Syria, Ukraine and Iraq today, Church of Ireland Primate suggests.


French cardinal visits Iraq’s persecuted Christians

Christian communities encouraged by the visit of the French bishops and the solidarity of the French people.


Pope pleas for peace in Gaza, Iraq and Ukraine

Pontiff recalls "senseless slaughter" of First World War on centenary of the outbreak of conflict.


Bishop calls for prayers for Middle East

Bishop McAreavey appeals on behalf of persecuted and endangered Christian communities and calls for an end to the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel.


Pope prays for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

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


Church leaders appeal to EU over Iraq’s Christians

New civil war would threaten the existence of the country’s “very fragile” minority groups.


Refugee children denied right to childhood: JRS

Statement published to coincide with World Refugee Day today.


Pope announces September visit to Albania

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


Prayers for peace in Iraq and Ukraine today

Bishop McAreavey of Dromore asks for prayers to be included at Masses.


Iraqi Christians flee as Islamists take Mosul

Islamist militants attack four churches and a monastery in Iraq's second city as violence forces 500,000 to leave region.


“We are a ruined church” – Iraqi Patriarch

“Intervention by the West did not solve the problems … it produced more chaos and conflict.”


Policies needed that ensure access to health and education

Cardinal Brady discusses fraternity and the impasse in NI talks in New Year's homily.


37 Christians die in Baghdad bomb attacks

Mass-goers attending Christmas Day service targeted.


Pope Francis focuses on peace in Urbi et Orbi

Pontiff called on God to protect the earth “frequently exploited by human greed and rapacity.”


Syrian Christians warn attack could worsen their situation

"What the US did in Iraq we don't want repeated in Syria": Chaldean Catholic Bishop.

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