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Bishops Urge Catholics to Help Iraqis (Catholic News Service)
16 Nov 2011 – BALTIMORE (CNS) — The nation and American Catholics both can help keep Iraq from sliding into chaos once U.S. troops leave the country at the end of the year, said two U.S. bishops who visited Iraq for four days in October.  Read more...
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Christian-Muslim Rift in Egypt (Catholic News Service)
04 Nov 2011 – FRIBOURG, Switzerland (CNS) — The patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt blamed Islamic fundamentalists for the increasing number of attacks on Christians and criticized a growing division between Muslims and Christians since the country’s February revolution.  Read more...
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04 Nov 2011 – BAGHDAD (CNS) — In a somber Mass commemorating the 2010 massacre at the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance, Catholic leaders urged their faithful to have hope for the resurrection of Iraq.   Read more...
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Maronite Patriarch Visits United States (Catholic News Service)
25 Oct 2011 – NEW YORK (CNS) — Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the “Arab spring” movement will devolve into an “Arab winter,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.  Read more...
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Catholics Recall Gadhafi’s Brutality (Catholic News Service)
25 Oct 2011 – BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic leaders said they could not rejoice at the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but they recalled some of his more brutal moments and speculated on the future of Christians in the region.  Read more...
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20 Oct 2011 – The head of the world’s Maronite Catholics, Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai, held a press conference at CNEWA’s headquarters in New York City this morning as part of his first pastoral visit to the United States since his election in Lebanon last March.  Read more...
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19 Oct 2011 – NEW YORK — The head of the Maronite Church, Patriarch Bechara Peter Rai of Antioch, will hold a press conference tomorrow at 11 a.m., at the Manhattan offices of CNEWA, 1011 First Avenue, between 55th and 56th streets, 15th floor.  Read more...
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12 Oct 2011 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Condemning an attack on unarmed Christians in Egypt, Pope Benedict XVI said that during the country’s transition to democracy, all of its citizens and institutions must work to guarantee the rights of minorities.  Read more...


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