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Pope Francis praises the ‘hidden holiness’ of everyday saints

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Pope Francis cautioned against the false appearances of those who are proud or vain, saying that true holiness is found in the silent, everyday witness of the poor and humble. (Photo: AP) “We should think about so much hidden holiness there is in the Church; Christians who remain in Jesus,” the Pope told those present in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse ... Read More »

Isis in Syria: Only a few thousand Christians remain to defy militants

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Distraught priests tell Robert Fisk of the persecution that has brought their Church to its knees.  15 miles from the frontline of Isis, which persecutes their faith, the Christians of Qamishli gathered in the Church of the Holy Virgin for the wedding of Malek Aissa and Ilana Hacho, reports The Independent. (Photo: Damaged icons inside the church of the monastery of ... Read More »

Religious leaders of the anti-government fighters declared it lawful to rape «any non-Sunni woman”

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Islamic religious leaders of the anti-government fighters in Syria declared it lawful for the anti-government fighters to rape «any non-Sunni Syrian woman» that they desired; the declarations of these corrupt Islamists have been used to justify the rape, humiliation, torture, and murder of women and girls in towns and territory captured by groups like the so-called Free Syrian Army, Jabhat Al-Nusra, ... Read More »

Wiping Out the Christians of Syria and Iraq: to Remap the Middle East

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The Christian communities of Syria, which constitute at least 10% of the Syrian population, have been systematically targeted by sunni Islamists; their churches have been attached and desecrated; their priests, monks, and nuns murdered; and generally discriminated against by the anti-government forces that the US, UK, France, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and their allies support. Historically, the Levant is ... Read More »

1800 years old Church burned to the ground by ISIS in Mosul

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Militants from the radical jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have set fire to a 1,800-year-old church in Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul, a photo released Saturday shows, Al Arabiya reports. (Photo: Associated Press) The burning of the church is the latest in a series of destruction of Christian property in Mosul, which was taken by the ... Read More »

Pope: service to others frees us from ‘existential grayness’

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In his homily during Mass for Saturday’s trip to Molise, Pope Francis explained that the Church is a people that both serves God and lives in the freedom that he gives from oppression, Catholic News Agency reports. (Photo: Getty) “This is the freedom that, by the grace of God, we experience in the Christian community when we put ourselves at ... Read More »

Apostacy: Leaving Islam can be fraught with difficulty

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Despite the well-known Quranic injunction “There is no compulsion in religion”, issues of religious freedom have persisted into the 21st Century, writes the BBC. A recent report by the New York-based Human Rights Watch (co-authored with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights) throws a spotlight on problems in Egypt. Suppose a Christian woman converts to Islam, for example when she ... Read More »

Islam Overtaking Catholicism as Dominant Religion in France

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Meanwhile, the Socialist government in France recently inaugurated a new mega-mosque in Paris as a first step toward “progressively building a French Islam,” Gatestone institute reports. A majority of people in France, according to a new poll, believe that Islam is too influential in French society, and almost half view Muslims as a threat to their national identity. The survey ... Read More »

The New York Times Defends Al-Qaeda

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Why are some of the biggest Western mainstream media outlets, Gatestone(Raymond Ibrahim reports —especially the New York Times (NYT)—often apologetic, not only for radical Islamists, but for al-Qaeda, an organization responsible for, among other atrocities, killing nearly 3000 Americans on September 11, 2001? A recent NYT report titled “Abduction of Girls an Act Not Even Al Qaeda Can Condone” tries to ... Read More »