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Terrorists responsible for St. Mark’s Cathedral attack finally named

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When St. Mark’s Cathedral was attacked, 25 people – primarily women and children – were killed. At least 25 people were killed and another 49 were injured in the explosion. The investigation continues but many witnesses reported a bomb was placed in the women’s seating section of the cathedral by a woman who then left

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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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Spanish judge dismisses charges against Eucharist thief

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Critics of a Spanish judge say he wrongly dismissed charges against an artist who stole consecrated Hosts for an exhibit that disrespected the Catholic faith. The Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers announced it would file an appeal and be prepared “to go to the highest court necessary in the face of what is becoming a

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Jerusalem bishop’s insights on peacemaking in the Holy Land

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Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent environment in the land of the Prince of Peace. He graciously sent back a recorded audio response upon which this column is based. Bishop Shomali

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Father kills 7-year-old daughter after Catholic mother renounced Islam

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An enraged man tracked down his 7-year-old daughter, Mary Shipstone, and shot her before turning the gun on himself. Mary’s parents, Lyndsey Shipstone and Yasser Alromisse, met in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, where she was a practicing Catholic until he convinced her to become a devout Muslim. They conceived a daughter, whom they named Yasmin Miriam in

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Pope Francis to celebrate Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel

The 85-year-old French priest was killed by two Islamists while celebrating Mass Pope Francis is to celebrate Mass for Fr Jacques Hamel, the French priest killed by two Islamist terrorists in July. The murder took place on July 26 in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray as Fr Hamel, 85, was celebrating Mass. According to Rome Reports, the

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