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Christians assess damage on Iraq’s Nineveh plain, ravaged by ISIS

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“I don’t understand how people can harm each other so much,” sighs security guard Louis Petrus. Petrus recently returned to his hometown for the first time: the Christian city of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, which he had to flee in August 2014, when Islamic State captured the largest Christian city on the Nineveh plain. He told






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PRO-LIFE TRUMP! President signs pro-life order on first day

President Donald Trump has just curtailed abortion as one of his first acts as president. Trump has reinstated President Reagan’s “Mexico City abortion policy” which bans agencies that receive federal funding from providing abortions overseas. President Trump is taking his pro-life commitments seriously, if his first acts as president are an indication. On Monday, the






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Pope Francis makes a strong call for better marriage prep

In his annual speech to the Holy See’s main court on Saturday, Pope Francis stressed the pressing need for effective education and preparation for the sacrament of marriage – not only to guard against invalid marriages, but also to strengthen the faith of the couple as they prepare for the unique blessings and challenges of






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On Trump presidency, Pope says we must ‘wait and see’

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In a new interview published Saturday, Pope Francis said he will wait to see what U.S. President Donald J. Trump does before making any judgments, emphasizing God’s own patience with him and his faults. In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais Jan. 20, the same day as the U.S. presidential inauguration, Pope Francis said






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Bishop sees signs of hope as elections approach in Somalia

‘The threat of Islamic extremism is of course always there, but the situation is now relatively safe’, claims local bishop As presidential elections approach in Somalia, the bishop who serves as apostolic administrator sees signs of hope, but he says changes are needed. Since 1991, the presence of the Catholic Church in Somalia, already small,






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