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The Suffering Church

Bishop: Venezuelans are being denied ‘the basics of life’

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“It is time for trust and unity so that we, as a people, can set ourselves up as a wall of peaceful resistance against those who want to besiege us and make us lose trust in God and in a better destiny, through the intimidating use of power and might.”

Pakistan: victim of forced conversion to Islam might testify in court—a first

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It is the first case of forced conversion to Islam and forced marriage ever to come before a Pakistani High Court; and it is the first time that the Child Marriage Restraint Act has been cited in court.

Burkina Faso: the unshakeable faith of women religious in the face of terror

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“Afraid? No, because we trust in God’s providence. We know that anything can happen to us any day and that we have to be prepared for every possible situation. We are concerned for everyone, we want to be able to attend to the needs of every individual.”

In Lebanon, Christians and Muslims are united in ongoing demonstrations

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“Christians and Muslims throughout Lebanon are united behind the same demands. They are saying no to taxes, asking for medical insurance, asking for electricity,  and complaining about corruption and the very bad economic situation they are living in.”

Nigeria: ‘darkness has thrived, but it has never won’

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“The early apostles faced persecution, too. But Christ has never abandoned His Church. Without Him, all of us would be gone. Darkness has thrived, but it has never won.”

In Nigeria, four seminarians are abducted—country risks becoming a failed state

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“The security situation in Nigeria is appalling. Criminal gangs are further exploiting the chaotic situation and making matters still worse.”

Nigerian government leaders are Islamic fundamentalists without bombs, says bishop

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“If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians then they give oxygen to Islamism.”

Iraq: ‘We are a martyred and a suffering Church’

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“God and family are the priority in our everyday lives here. They are faithful to His love, in the midst of the danger from external enemies, and from the internal challenges of modern times that threaten to weaken their traditional faith.”

Iraqi prelate weighs threat to Christian community of US-Iran confrontation

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“The confrontation between the two powers must not escalate.” He added that “Iraq has been suffering from proxy wars for decades; they have torn our country apart.”

Syriac Catholic Patriarch visits northern Iraq: ‘We have to always hope against all hope’

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“It’s very sad to say, and I’ve said this many times:  Christians of the Middle East have not only been abandoned; they have been betrayed by the civilized countries of the West.”

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