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ISIS Torches 1800-Year-Old Mosul Church After Expelling Christians

ISIS, which recently rebranded as the Islamic State, has solidified its control over Iraq’s second-largest city by imposing Sharia law and expelling Christians who won’t convert to Islam. The end of last month marked the first time a mass wasn’t held in the … Continue reading

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Gaza church opens doors to war refugees

Gaza City (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – For the first time in years, Gaza City’s Greek Orthodox church is packed to overflowing, having offered refuge to hundreds of Palestinians who fled their homes under Israeli bombardment. Around 600 people, mostly women … Continue reading

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Islamic scholars condemn expulsion of Iraq’s ‘Christian brothers’

DOHA (Reuters) – An influential group of Islamic scholars has denounced the forced expulsion of Christians from northern Iraq by Islamist hardliners, saying it paves the way for fighting between the country’s ethnic and religious groups. The Christian community of … Continue reading

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Thieves steal air conditioners from rural Tennessee churches

By Tim Ghianni NASHVILLE Tenn. (Reuters) – Thieves have been stealing central air conditioning units from rural Tennessee churches during a scorching summer heat wave, and they’ll face hell fire for eternity if they’re not caught here on earth, a … Continue reading

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Maryland church built in 1773 ravaged by fire

HEBRON, Md. (AP) — Authorities say a 241-year-old church on the National Register of Historic Places has been ravaged by fire in Maryland. Oliver J. Alkire, senior deputy state fire marshal, said in a news release that the fire was … Continue reading

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Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form. That is … Continue reading

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Pope Francis calls Israeli, Palestinian presidents to urge peace

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday to express his “very grave concerns” over the conflict in Gaza, the Vatican said. [ID:nL6N0PT00D] The pontiff, who hosted a prayer meeting with … Continue reading

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Pope Francis phones Peres, Abbas to call for Gaza ceasefire

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Friday phoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, the Vatican said. Francis “reminded the presidents” about the need “to bring … Continue reading

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Pope Francis phones Peres, Abbas to call for Gaza ceasefire

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Friday phoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza conflict, the Vatican said. Francis “reminded the presidents” about the need “to bring … Continue reading

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New York mayor talks migration with Vatican No. 2

VATICAN CITY (AP) — New York City’s mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis’ top aide to discuss migration issues. During his holiday in Rome, Mayor Bill de Blasio met Monday with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of … Continue reading

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