The U.S. Catholic Church will focus attention on the plight of persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria with a day of prayer Nov. 26 and a weeklong observance to raise awareness and educate people about their situation.
Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.
The pope’s message was part of a “Peace Is Possible” campaign for Syria launched July 5 by Caritas Internationalis.
As heavy fighting continues across the Ninevah Plain, some Christians displaced by the Islamic State group have given up the dream of returning home and joined the stream of refugees leaving the war-torn country. Others remain here in Iraqi Kurdistan, clinging to the hope that they can someday go back to their villages. “When we […]
ALQOSH, Iraq (CNS) — A well-worn AK-47 in his hands, John Behnam ran up a hill overlooking the Ninevah Plain, which stretches in the distance toward the town he fled two years ago. As an instructor yelled at him to keep low, Behnam and other fighters practiced capturing an enemy position. Artillery echoed across the […]
IRBIL, Iraq (CNS) — When the Islamic State group rolled across Iraq’s Ninevah Plain in 2014, tens of thousands of Christians fled for their lives to Kurdish-controlled areas of the country. They still wait in limbo in crowded camps, facing an undefined future. The only certainty they enjoy is knowing that whatever happens to them, […]
“We Christians and Muslims: Caring for our Environment” is the title of a panel discussion Saturday, April 14, at Discovery School, 700 7th St. S., Waite Park. Speakers are Bernie Evans, professor of theology at St. John’s University, Collegeville, and Jaylani Hussien, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations for Minnesota. The discussion begins with […]
Pope Francis appealed to the government of Pakistan to take steps to ensure the safety of the country’s Christians and other minorities the day after a terrorist bombing killed at least 70 people and injured more than 300 who were spending Easter afternoon in a public park. In Lahore, Pakistan, the pope said, “Easter was […]
WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group against Yezidis, Christians and other minorities were genocide, the first U.S. declaration of genocide since Sudanese actions in Darfur in 2004. Kerry said he was not judge and jury, but the Islamic State had self-defined itself […]