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Mosul needs help to rebuild, Iraqi official cautions

Just days after Iraqi forces completed their recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State, the nation’s ambassador to the Holy See has said that they are eager to rebuild the city and have people return home, but it will require help to do so. “We reiterate our need for greater cooperation and greater help for










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How ISIS genocide victims still face discrimination in Kurdistan

After the Islamic State ravaged large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014, religious minorities targeted for genocide fled into Kurdistan – but a new report alleges continued discrimination against them. “We praise the Kurdistan Regional Government for sheltering and protecting these oppressed groups and urge it to continue to take steps to ensure that










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Coptic Christians massacred by gunmen in Egypt

Reports say 26 Coptic pilgrims were killed while travelling to a monastery At least 26 Coptic Christians have reportedly been killed by gunmen in Egypt. The Christians were travelling by bus to a monastery when they were attacked. Many of those killed were children, according to the New York Times. Health officials said that the










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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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Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel is officially opened

The Archbishop of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass The Diocese of Rouen has opened the canonisation Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass last year. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass, where all the diocesan priests were gathered, according to La Croix.










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Death toll rises following Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

ISIS claims responsibility for the latest attacks on the country’s Christian minority that have left at least 43 people dead and more than 100 injured Bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100 in an assault










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