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Don’t let ISIS win – What Catholics can do to stop the terror

The Islamic State continues to bombard the world with their reign of terror – so what can Catholics do about it? Last March, the Vatican’s top diplomat, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, called for international efforts to stop the “so-called Islamic State” and explained: “we have to stop this kind of genocide. Otherwise we’ll be crying out

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Shocking footage reveals teen’s plans to kill ‘all Christians’

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A 15-year-old teen is on the run after he posted a video of himself threatening to “murder” every Christian in the world. The video, which was recorded in Verviers, features the teen speaking in Arabic: “Oh Allah, destroy the odious Christians. Oh Allah kill them all. Don’t spare any of them.” The footage was uploaded

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‘It’s not right to equate Islam with violence,’ says Pope Francis

Speaking to journalists aboard his return flight from Kraków, Poland, on Sunday, Pope Francis said that violence exists in all religions, including Catholicism, and it cannot be pinned to one single religion. “I do not like to speak of Islamic violence because everyday when I look through the papers, I see violence here in Italy,” the

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Cardinal Nichols urges British faithful to pray for South Sudan

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop William Kenney have released a statement regarding recent violence in Juba, South Sudan. In the statement, the two bishops refer to the surge in violence as a “tragedy” and request that “violence should cease and that people whatever their differences should build a nation of peace”. The bishops go on to convey their

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South Sudan Church leaders condemn recent violence and pray for dead

South Sudan’s Church leaders said they are extremely disturbed about heavy fighting in the capital, Juba, which has raised widespread fears that the country is returning to civil war. “We condemn all acts of violence without exception,” the South Sudan Council of Churches said, noting that it is “time to build a peaceful nation.” “We

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Malawian bishops plead for food aid to avert humanitarian disaster

In Malawi, where 40 per cent of the population needs food aid, the country’s bishops have called for international help to avert a crisis. It is “disheartening and painful to think of our 6.5 million brothers and sisters” needing humanitarian assistance, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi said in a July 1 statement signed by its

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South African Church leaders call for calm in run up to election

South African church leaders have urged an end to pre-election violence and criticised politicians for fueling it. “We are disappointed that our political leaders have not been visible and loud enough in their condemnation of the recent factional violence and political assassinations,” Bishop Abel Gabuza of Kimberley, who chairs the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference

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