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India: a sister who suffered sexual assault in the course of massacre of Christians, has rebounded to ‘bring her people hope’

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“I am grateful for my life, my strength, and my sense of purpose, all of which were given to me by God. He is my strength, even as my trial drags on. And He has empowered me to serve others.”

2019 unfolded as ‘a year of martyrs’

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Heine-Geldern called upon multinational and international organizations—such as the European Union and the United Nations—to establish and protect religious freedom as a fundamental human right on all levels and in all countries. “More and more is being said about it, but still too little is being done.

Islamic State says it beheaded ten Christian hostages in Nigeria: ‘where is the moral revulsion?’

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The prelate called on the international community “to put pressure on Nigeria to protect lives.” “Things cannot go on,” he said, and perpetrators “must be brought to justice.”

This Christmas, ACN donors bring smiles to 19,000 children in Syria

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“[ACN] brings smiles to more than 19,000 children all over Syria because of your Christmas gifts.”

In Homs, Syria, a Christian family finally goes home for Christmas

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“I can’t even begin to describe the joy I am feeling. After so much suffering and uncertainty, I feel safe again. I am filled with hope for a better life. Christmas reminds me of the feeling of security that comes from being in a family.”

Aid specialist warns that Christians in Iraq and Syria face new risk of genocide

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“Christians are the soul of the country and they play a very important role in Middle Eastern societies. They are the peacemakers. Christians work for peace and peaceful co-existence and collaboration for the good of the country.”

Panama: to reach his faithful, this priest needs a four-wheel drive vehicle

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“You forget about yourself when you see the joyful faces of the people. All that remains is the sincere affection of a humble and simple people. That is something that gives me great strength as a priest.”

As Venezuela’s crisis continues, ‘We priests also feel tempted to leave’

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“I encourage everyone to always be happy and prepared to spread the message throughout the entire neighborhood that the Lord is here, that there is a truth here. The Lord wants us to be joyful and we have to show everyone our joy in the risen Lord, despite all the difficulties.”

Pakistan: abductor threatens parents of kidnapped Christian girl

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“The [parents] are too poor to be able to afford the legal expenses to bring such cases to court. The result is that the abductors have an easy time of it, often thanks to the complicity of the police themselves who, instead of encouraging the parents to pursue the case, actually help abductors by advising them about the legal loopholes they can make use of.”

Lebanese prelates are concerned about Christian emigration

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“Christians are facing the question of emigration, of looking for a better way of life. There’s a risk of losing the young generation: they don’t want to stay in Lebanon. There are too many question marks about the country’s future.”

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