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  • A rift in Iraq’s Church

    Large-scale disasters tend to breed scores of smaller related calamities, and that dynamic is currently playing out in the Catholic Church vis-à-vis the rise of the Islamic State and the ongoing decimation of Iraq’s Christian presence. A rift has emerged between the head of Iraq’s Catholic community, Chaldean Patriarch Louis

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  • Pope Francis says persecution is uniting Christians

    ROME — Pope Francis styled anti-Christian violence around the world as a force bringing the churches closer together, saying on Friday that “for persecutors, we Christians are all one.” The pope’s comments came to a group of Catholic charismatics, who practice a high-octane style of praise and worship associated with

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  • The guardian angel of ancient Iraqi manuscripts

    Just as the so-called Monuments Men salvaged European masterpieces stolen by Nazi forces during World War II, a Dominican priest is protecting priceless manuscripts from falling into the hands of rampaging militants in northern Iraq. Though operating on a much smaller scale, the Rev. Najeeb Michaeel and the ancient manuscript

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  • Iraqi priests sanctioned for seeking asylum without superiors’ consent

    VATICAN CITY – Twelve Chaldean religious men and priests living in the United States, Canada, Australia and Sweden have been suspended from exercising their priestly ministry for not receiving permission from their superiors before emigrating from Iraq. At least three of those suspended had been serving the Chaldean diaspora in

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  • What the Pope can do for Middle East Christians

    ROME — In his latest expression of concern for Christians and other minority groups in the Middle East, Pope Francis this week summoned all his ambassadors in the region to a special meeting in Rome to discuss “initiatives and actions at all levels.” The gathering builds on earlier gestures by

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  • Vatican demands that Mideast Christians be allowed home

    The Vatican is demanding that Christians and other religious minorities have the right to return to their homes in Iraq and Syria that have been emptied by Islamic militants. Pope Francis summoned Vatican ambassadors from across the region for three days of meetings. At the conclusion Saturday, they reaffirmed that

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