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Students in Lebanon call on children around the world to join them in the ‘One million children praying the Rosary’ campaign

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“We want “We want to encourage as many children as possible to entrust themselves to the power of prayer.”

Iraq: Ankawa, home of the Christians, comes of age

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“The decision to make Ankawa a separate district will, we hope, be an important step forwardfor the future of Christianity in Iraq.”

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Nigeria: ‘We know that Leah is alive, and we pray for her release’

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“Let’s keep our fingers crossed while holding on to God in faith for divine intervention. Leah and others will be freed one day. My prayer has always been: “Lord, please make it sooner than later!”  

In India, a priest is acquitted of attempting ‘forcible religious conversion’

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“The seminary has been there for over 25 years and we have never forced anyone to convert.”

Massive influx of Haitian migrants triggers crisis in Mexico

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“Behind these migrant caravans there are an infinite number of private interests, institutions and non-governmental organizations that have made these migrants into an industry for their own personal benefit.”

In Lebanon and Syria, poverty stalks the Christian community

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“During the war at least, they expected it to end at some point, but now, what can [Syrian Christians] expect?”

Church decries ‘slow genocide’ of Christians in Nigeria

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“They have an agenda, which is the Islamization of this country. And they are doing that by carefully eliminating all the Christians.”

A million children praying the rosary can change the world!

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This year’s rosary campaign will encourage children to pray “hand in hand with Our Lady and under the protection of Saint Joseph.”

Sierra Leone: ‘they took God out of the solution when God is the solution’

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“One of the positive aspects of the shutdown of churches was that it brought us very close to the faithful.”

Shahnaz Bhatti: testimony of a Catholic nun who served in Afghanistan

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“The most trying thing was not being able to move about freely, because, as women, we always had to be accompanied by a man.”

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