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ISIS ally in Philippines storms Catholic cathedral, takes hostages

Islamic State-allied militants in the Philippines have taken a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers hostage, threatening to kill them if the nation’s military does not cease its current offensive against them. The hostages were taken during a militant siege in the southern Philippines city of Marawi on Tuesday and Wednesday. Militants also burned










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More than 200 Korean martyrs are up for beatification

The first Bishop of Pyongyang, an American born-bishop, and numerous priests and laity are among the 213 who could be beatified and advanced on the process to sainthood under a process begun in South Korea. Bishop Lazarus You Heung-sik of Daejon predicted it will take at least ten years before any beatification or canonization, “but










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Bishops beg Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte to stop murder

“Christ died for the criminals and the victims. The love of God is for all. Our love should be like God’s love. For all, “said Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan at a Dec. 12 prayer rally in San Carlos City “We are not protesting without a solution. We are protesting with an alternative. Reform the










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Three Christians flogged in Iran for drinking the Blood of Christ

Three Christians have been sentenced to eighty lashes in Iran for the sin of taking the Holy Sacrament of Communion. The men are Muslim converts to Christianity. They also face more serious charges Three Iranian men face 80 lashes in public. A Sharia court has sentenced Yaser Mosibzadeh, Saheb Fadayee and Mohammed Reza Omidi to










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