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Pope speaks out for ‘persecuted’ Iraqi Christians

Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis on Sunday said Iraqi Christians were being “persecuted” and “stripped of everything” as hundreds of Christian families fled Mosul after a jihadist ultimatum. “Our brothers are being persecuted, chased away, they are forced to … Continue reading

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Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries. The pontiff in his traditional Angelus blessing on Sunday offered prayers for Iraqi Christians who “are … Continue reading

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False rape claim behind latest religious clashes: Myanmar media

Myanmar’s latest religious clashes began after a Buddhist woman was paid to make false rape claims against two Muslim brothers, state media reported Sunday. Two men — a Buddhist and a Muslim — died in riots in the country’s second … Continue reading

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German church exits spike amid bling bishop furor

BERLIN (AP) — The German Bishops’ Conference says the number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic church jumped sharply last year, an apparent result of an uproar over a bishop’s lavish new residence. The conference said Friday that 178,805 people … Continue reading

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Bible museum planned for US capital

Washington (AFP) – The devout Christian family that upended a part of President Barack Obama’s health care law aims to open a Bible museum in Washington in 2017, a spokesperson for the project said Friday. The Green family, owners of … Continue reading

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Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State

By Ahmed Rasheed and Maggie Fick BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a … Continue reading

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Pope seeks justice 20 years after attack on Argentine Jews

Buenos Aires (AFP) – Pope Francis called Friday for justice to be done in the unsolved bombing at a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people and wounded 300 others two decades ago. “Twenty years on from the tragedy … Continue reading

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Obama to sign orders protecting gay and transgender workers without new religious exemption

WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama to sign orders protecting gay and transgender workers without new religious exemption. Society Culture Cultural Groups Article source: Article Source

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Jihadist ultimatum sparks Christian exodus from Iraq’s Mosul

Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) – Thousands of Christians abandoned their homes and belongings to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul Friday following an ultimatum by jihadists who overran the region last month and proclaimed a caliphate. As militants attempted to break … Continue reading

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Pope calls for justice in 1994 attack on Argentine Jewish center

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for justice to be served in his native Argentina on Friday, the twentieth anniversary of the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish commuity center that local courts blamed on Iran. Investigations into … Continue reading

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