By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — More must be done to help the beleaguered Christians of the Middle East, said speakers at a Sept. 11 dinner marking the end of the In Defense of Christians convention in Washington. Tactics they proposed, though, varied, in hope that some
By Catholic News Service ROCHESTER, N.H. — In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria.
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The Vatican called on Muslim leaders to condemn the “barbarity” and “unspeakable criminal acts” of Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying a failure to do so would jeopardize the future of interreligious dialogue.
The following is a text of a letter from Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr to the pastors of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati urging prayer for peace next Sunday. “Dear Father, Many of you have heard the repeated calls of our Holy Father to pray for peace in Iraq. Violence there has
By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service BEIRUT — Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs denounced the “total international silence” on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and called for Muslim religious authorities to issue fatwas, or legal edicts, banning attacks against Christians and “other innocents.”
By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil.