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On Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, hopes run high for papal visit

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“There are many problems weighing on us. But when the Pope comes to visit us, he will give us new hope and confidence and some relief from this burden.”

Bishop Doeme

As Boko Haram strikes on Christmas, ‘no evil will take away our faith’

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“God will crush Boko Haram in his own time.”

Kiro Khalil

Egypt: ‘I feel pity for the perpetrators’ of church attack

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“These people have blood on their hands. How can a person live with that burden of guilt?”

Bishop labels killing of Christian farmers in Nigeria’s Middle Belt ‘calculated genocide’

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“It appears as though what is happening here is part of a grand conspiracy. Our national government has not shown convincing signs of real commitment to end the carnage.”

Imran Masih

In Pakistan, Imran finally walks free after 11 years

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“The question I must ask is who is responsible for his having to spend more than 11 years behind bars for a crime he never committed.”

l-r Ramesh Bashir, Naz Bano, Bashir Emmanuel

Pakistani Catholic family prays for canonization of martyred son

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“He was ready to sacrifice his life if God gave him a chance to protect others.”

Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh

In Syria, the passing of a fighter for hope

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“I was raised an orphan; the Church was my mother. Now all of us in Syria feel like orphans.”

Archbishop Warda

Pope’s visit to Iraq will offer local Church a lifeline

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“The visit will not just be important for the Christians, but for all the minorities of Iraq, including the Yazidis with whom we have shared so much pain in these last years.”

Miara Shahbaz

New report puts spotlight on Christians ‘unjustly detained’

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“Set Your Captives Free” gives them the chance to tell their stories, call for justice, and appeal for liberty.

Rome's Colosseum

Hundreds of churches, monuments will be lit red in global call for religious freedom

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About 250 million Christians all over the world are living in environments in which they are violently persecuted, discriminated against or prevented from freely practicing their faith.

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