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Iraq: Christians desire ‘a real and profound change of the political system’

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“Personally, I am optimistic regarding the future of the Christians on the Nineveh Plains and in Iraq. Through education and cultural dialogue, we can overcome obscurantism and violence.”

Coronavirus puts economic toll on Christians in the Holy Land

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On March 12, the Franciscan Pilgrims Office in Jerusalem cancelled until further notice all Masses booked by pilgrimage tour companies at Holy Land shrines.

From a nun in Syria, a message of hope and faith in the time of the coronavirus

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“To all our ACN donors, we say very sincerely: ‘Thank you for your enormous generosity. You have helped us for so many years and continue to do so.’”

Education and dialogue hold key to Christians staying in Iraq

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In addition to having lost their faith in the future, in the authorities and in a number of their Muslim neighbors—who had initially welcomed ISIS with open arms— Christians are now facing a very precarious economic situation.

In Holy Land, Churches denounce persistent anti-Christian attacks

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“The Churches are raising these problems at every level and on numerous occasions, but since their voice is not backed by political and financial weight (we are only 2 percent of the population), it is still not being heard, which moreover raises the problem of legal protection and minority rights.”

Christians in Syria continue to face brutal circumstances

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“It’s horrible, people can no longer buy anything to eat. Some people survive on bread and water. I would like to ask people to join us to pray for these people who are in such a situation.”

In northern Iraq, ravaged Christian village comes back to life

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“Even if the situation is not very clear, we see the importance of a sign of hope. ACN is determined to help the Christians to stay. Our task is to stand by the people who would like to come back.”

In Egypt, martyrs’ shrine honors 21 victims of ISIS on fifth anniversary of their death

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“I’m the mother of martyrs, I’m proud of them. They intercede for me and their father in heaven.” She said she is praying for ISIS followers, calling on “God to give them the light and open their eyes to the truth and the good.”

Young Iraqi Christian eyes future with mixture of hope and dread

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“There is no justice or equality for Christians here; unemployment rates are high here, too. And the ISIS occupation has left a legacy of distrust between Christians and Muslims in the region.”

Syria, a country in agony, is ‘living an anticipated Lenten fast’

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The situation is so serious for some families that they can “barely afford to buy food and there is a shortage of fuel for heating the houses; the electricity supply is interrupted almost every day and people’s money is worth less and less each month.”

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