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New UN Day of remembrance for victims of sectarianism must lead to concrete action, says ACN

International reports on religious freedom confirm time and again that Christians are the most persecuted group, says ACN.

2019.08.23.

Mass of Remembrance offered for victims and survivors of Sri Lankan bombings

"Men and women of violence betray the deep desire of humanity the world over for a future of peace."

2019.04.29.

Remains of 34 Christians found in Libyan mass grave, three years after ISIS massacre

The victims were Ethiopians migrants attempting to escape poverty in their home country by making their way via Libya to Europe.

2019.01.06.

Archbishop heartened to see work of Trócaire in Iraq

On a visit to region devastated by war, Archbishop Eamon Martin appeals to Christians to support Trócaire Christmas appeal which “eases people’s suffering and allows them to dream of brighter days ahead”.

2018.12.14.

Ahead of Red Wednesday “horrific reality” of persecuted Christians highlighted

“We state definitively that those who do not respect freedom of thought, conscience and religion must be held to account” – Chair of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alan McGuckian.

2018.11.27.

Syrian Archbishop accuses Kurds of discrimination

“The Kurdish officials had assured us that they would not even look at the private [Catholic] schools, but they not only looked at them, they closed them.”

2018.09.05.

Accolade for live radio broadcast with Yorkshire nuns

BBC Radio 5 Live described the visit to the 21 nuns at Stanbrook Abbey in North Yorkshire as part of taking listeners “to new places”.

2018.06.20.

Two Syrian Orthodox prelates denied entry to Britain

It is “unbelievable that these persecuted Christians who come from the cradle of Christianity are being told there is no room at the inn, when the UK is offering a welcome to Islamists who persecute Christians.”

2016.12.06.

Religious freedom under threat, says ACN report

In many places in the Middle East multi-religious communities were the norm, but increasingly they are becoming mono-religious environments.

2016.11.27.

Would-be suicide bomber attacks priest during Mass in Indonesia

18-year-old suspect had been sitting in a pew during a crowded Sunday Mass when he suddenly got up and ran towards the altar.

2016.08.29.

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.

Pope Francis deplores acts of terrorism in Munich and Kabul

“At this time, our spirit is once more shaken by the sad news relating to the deplorable acts of terrorism and violence which have caused suffering and death.”

2016.07.25.

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.

Primate offers prayers for Orlando shooting victims

Pope Francis expresses horror and condemnation at act of senseless hatred and the dreadfully high number of innocent victims.

2016.06.13.

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.

Targeting of Christians is the cause of mass exodus

“The underlying religious dimension of the attacks was shown by the targeting of Christian settlements and desecration of churches": ACN.

2016.03.10.

Pope hints at contraception leeway over Zika crisis

Pontiff warns that abortion is an absolute evil but avoiding pregnancy isn't in particularly difficult circumstances such as Paul VI's authorisation to nuns threatened with rape.

2016.02.19.

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.

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.

True love for God leads to unity: Shia Imam

The problem is that people love God but in a way that is not right." Some have a "possessive love for God: 'That is my God, not your God': Dr Mohammed Ali Shomali.

2015.08.07.

Patriarch Gregorios III criticises West’s help to ISIS

"If the West helps moderates in Syria in a direct way, it is helping ISIS in an indirect way.

2015.08.02.

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.

Soulmates Larry and Martina Hayes laid to rest

"Could anyone think of a sadder or more heart-rending way to celebrate your birthday than to attend the funeral of both of your parents?" - Fr Liam Devine.

2015.07.04.

Jesuit kidnapped in Syria as ISIS captures Palmyra

“We priests are fully aware of the risks we run, but we cannot do otherwise than remain alongside the Syrian people, both Christians and Muslims.”

2015.05.24.

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.

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.

ISIS slay up to 30 Ethiopian Christians

New footage also includes the destruction of a number of churches, altars and works of religious art at unspecified locations.

2015.04.20.
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