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Pakistani archbishop condemns kidnapping and forced conversions of underage Christian girls

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He believes there is a religious aspect to the kidnappings, particularly as the girls are Hindu or Christian. Yet, the archbishop did not believe it was the only explanation. “It is lust. They think ‘she is pretty and I want her.’ It is a crime and it has a possible religious component too.”

After year of silence, brother of priest kidnapped in Niger still holds out hope for his release

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The missionary said that he is living this first anniversary of his brother’s abduction “in a state of mind that cannot be put into words,” in a state of mind that cannot be understood except by someone who has “experienced this reality in his own flesh.”

In Burkina Faso, Islamists are ‘sowing terror,’ brutally targeting Christians

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“Many of the residents fled, while those who remained had to witness the terrorists assassinating three people, including a community leader named Jean-Paul who had chosen to stay on as leader and to organize prayer groups.”

Pope blesses Marian icon in support of campaign to console Christians in Syria

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At Mass and during processions, the faithful’s prayers went out to those who were killed or abducted during the war and to their families. Some 2000 Christian families in Syria have lost one or more loved ones during the conflict and 800 families had a family member abducted.

In Pakistan, human traffickers prey on Christian girls drawn by false promises

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“I quickly noticed that something was seriously wrong. Though the matchmaker had told me that my husband was a Christian, I never saw him praying or reading the Bible. He didn’t provide money for meals, and he often beat me. He even confessed that he had only pretended to be Christian in order to get me to marry him.”

Diocese in Cameroon is hard hit by violence triggered by country’s political crisis

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ACN’s sources report that state security forces have entered Catholic medical centers with firearms in search of suspected pro-independence fighters undergoing treatment.

ACN calls on children around the world to pray for peace and unity—annual campaign

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“It has truly become a prayer campaign of the World Church, which not only moves the hearts of children, but also those of adults and blazes a trail to peace!”

On his visit to Mauritius, Pope Francis ‘will unify the mosaic that makes up our island

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“There are some tensions at times, certainly, but generally we get along well. Our little island society could even be cited as an example of amicable relations between the different faith communities.”

National Review: ACN Director of Outreach reflects on future of Christianity in Iraq

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One of Iraq’s most prominent Christian leaders has deeper concerns. On the fifth anniversary of the ISIS invasion of northern Iraq, Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Catholic archdiocese of Erbil, Kurdistan, stresses that “Christianity in Iraq is perilously close to extinction.”

In Madagascar, Pope Francis will visit island nation mired in poverty, division

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“At a broader level there is a mentality of entrenched thinking, of institutionalized corruption, which continues to undermine the future of Magascar.”

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