A new church is consecrated in United Arab Emirates amid hope for peace, dialogue

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jun 18, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The inauguration and blessing of a new parish in the capital of the United Arab Emirates last week was met with jubilation, as the church will be a boon to the thousands of migrant Catholics working and living on the outskirts of the city. “We thank the rulers for providing an attractive environment where Christians feel accepted and are able to live their own identity and to practice their religious … [Read more...]

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Muslim leaders in Lebanon condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Beirut, Lebanon, Jun 17, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leaders of four branches of Islam in Lebanon gathered earlier this month to issue a joint statement in the face of sectarianism and the rise of the Islamic State, denouncing attacks against Christians in the region. “In the name of religious, humanitarian and national principles, the summit condemns religiously motivated attacks against Eastern Christians, including attacks against their homes, villages, property and places … [Read more...]

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For Pakistan Catholics, Mary is protector and bridge for dialogue

Lahore, Pakistan, Jun 13, 2015 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of faithful gathered to crown Mary at a parish of the Lahore archdiocese last month, bringing prayers for peace, forgiveness and restored cultural harmony in a region where some churches have suffered violent attacks. Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw of Lahore presided at the May 30 Coronation Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the city of Gujranwala, about 50 miles west of … [Read more...]

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Mosul archbishop’s plea to the West: Save us from ISIS

New York City, N.Y., Jun 13, 2015 / 07:43 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and property to some 120,000 exiled Iraqi Christians. Marking the first anniversary of ISIS’s capture of Mosul, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Mouche called on “people who have the responsibility” to come to the rescue of the ousted Christian communities, whose people, he added, long … [Read more...]

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Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Damascus, Syria, Jun 10, 2015 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while reaffirming that Christians have a place in the Middle East. The Christian leaders described themselves as an authentic people of the land, who are “deeply rooted in its earth that was watered by the sweat of our fathers and grandfathers, and we confirm more than ever that we are staying.” “We do not … [Read more...]

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A year after ISIS invasion, religious minorities in Mosul could disappear

Washington D.C., Jun 9, 2015 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One year after ISIS invaded Mosul, the Iraqi city’s diverse religious heritage is on the verge of extinction, warned a U.S. government commission on Tuesday. If appropriate actions are not taken, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) warned, the diverse heritage of Christians, Yazidi, Sunni and Shi’a living together could be lost completely from northern Iraq. “One year ago, the world … [Read more...]

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Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians’ faith burns brightly

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens. Erbil’s Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said that those who have chosen to remain in the fourth century Monastery of Saint Matthew have “expressed their faith that this is a secure place.” He told CNA June 8 that … [Read more...]

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