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11 Apr 2018 – OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) — A middle-of-the-night phone call — then another — alerted Gabriel Jabbour to the threat. Reluctantly, he packed a few belongings and $3,000 in cash, and fled from Syria with his wife to avoid being publicly executed by Islamic State militants.  Read more...
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05 Apr 2018 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — During a brief ceremony in the Vatican Gardens, Pope Francis blessed a new statue of a 10th-century Armenian monk he had declared a “doctor of the church” in 2015.  Read more...
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03 Apr 2018 – BEIRUT (CNS) — In Easter messages, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East evoked the hope of the Resurrection.  Read more...
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02 Apr 2018 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his Easter appeal for peace throughout the world, Pope Francis made special mention of the ongoing “carnage” in Syria and the recent violence along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip, violence the pope said had not spared “the defenseless.”  Read more...
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30 Mar 2018 – AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A top official with Catholic Relief Services, visiting northern Iraq, said new life is evident for those who suffered the injustices and atrocities of the Islamic State invasion of their ancestral lands but some grave challenges remain.  Read more...
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28 Mar 2018 – QARAQOSH, Iraq (CNS) — In a pastoral visit to Iraq, the Syriac Catholic patriarch celebrated Mass at the damaged Qaraqosh cathedral and praised Catholics for keeping the faith during more than three years of displacement.  Read more...
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21 Mar 2018 – MAGDALA, Israel (CNS) — When Amoun Sleem was 8, after her mother’s death, she dropped out of school and took to the streets as a beggar in Jerusalem’s Old City, trying to help her father support her family.  Read more...
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15 Mar 2018 – UNITED NATIONS (CNS) — Mely Lenario quietly described her harrowing journey from ambitious, naive rural girl trafficked to hopeless, drug-fueled urban prostitute, through slow rehabilitation to a new life as an outreach worker.  Read more...


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