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The Suffering Church is protected by Jesus

‘Do not fear, I will be with you’—Christmas 2017

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“The deep certainty of our faith, that Jesus is with us in a particular manner when our life is most closely conformed to his cross, is the source of an extraordinary strength and confidence, so that those situations that would otherwise have been a source of endless desolation have now been lit up with joy.”

Quetta Pakistan, Bishop Victor

Jihadists attack church in Pakistan, but authorities prevent mass killing

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“We need your prayers, not just at Christmas time, but all year round because the risk is always there.”

Telleskuf, St. George's Church in Telleskuf

Post-ISIS, the first Catholic Church is re-consecrated on Nineveh Plains

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“ISIS thought they could eliminate us, and yet it is ISIS that has disappeared and we have returned to Telleskuf.”

rebuilding of Our Lady Queen of Peace homs Syria

In war-torn Homs, Syria, an altar is re-consecrated—a symbol of faithful’s resolve in face of suffering

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By Maria Lozano Briefing for our Donors THE RE-CONSECRATION of the altar in the Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of Peace (Dec. 1, 2017) was …

Hurting themselves, young people in Aleppo, Syria bring aid to city’s neediest residents

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“You are the hope of Syria, you are the light in the midst of so much darkness.” The words strike a chord—deep emotion shines in the eyes of these young men and women.

Christian persecution reaches historic levels

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“In terms of the numbers of people involved, the gravity of the crimes committed and their impact, it is clear that the persecution of Christians is today worse than at any time in history.”

A call for a million children around the world to pray the rosary for peace in Syria

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“Is it not significant that God chose children in Fatima to be the recipients of the most momentous peace plan for the new age? The children understood the language of Our Lady and, most importantly, believed her words.”

Myanmar cardinal defends Aung San Suu Kyi

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“Our perception is that she is trying to stabilize the fragile democracy. Democracy is hard won and it took 60 years to get to where the country is today.”

In Iraq, a Christian dentist returns from exile to serve his people

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“Qaraqosh, which is the largest Christian city in Iraq, is no longer as it was in the past. It has been truly devastated and has become almost frightening because of all the destruction.”

Iraqi Christians’ future threatened by referendum crisis

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“It is a clear fact that this situation has created in Christians a state of fear and concern about the possibility that the struggle may develop into a crisis that will have far reaching repercussions for all.”

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Religious FREEDOM

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