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6 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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#WeAreN Hashtag Stands In Solidarity With Iraqi Christians Under Attack

Christians have come under attack in Iraq where Islamic State militants recently launched a violent takeover. In one statement insurgents declared that northern Iraq's Christian population must convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution. After close to 2,000 years of history, Iraqi Christians have been steadily fleeing since the Islamic State, an offshoot of al Qaeda, began ...

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12 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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Pope Francis To Visit Mafia Stronghold But Won't Compromise On Anti-Organized Crime Message

VATICAN CITY (RNS) It began with the murder of an innocent 3-year-old boy who burned to death in his grandfather’s car in a Mafia ambush in January. Pope Francis was so shaken by the death of Nicola “Coco” Campolongo that he spoke out against the ferocity of the crime and those behind it. But he didn’t stop there. In June, ...

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JUL 21, 2014 - Huffington Post

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Bil De Blasio Meets Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican No. 2, To Discuss Migration Issues

VATICAN CITY (AP) — New York City's mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis' top aide to discuss migration issues. During his holiday in Rome, Mayor Bill de Blasio met Monday with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the two explored approaches to migration. Parolin recently returned from a meeting ...

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JUL 20, 2014 - Yahoo! News

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Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

By Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded ...

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JUL 20, 2014 - Boston Herald

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Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries.The pontiff in his traditional Angelus blessing on Sunday offered prayers for Iraqi Christians who "are persecuted, chased away, forced to leave their houses without out the possibility of taking anything" with them.

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