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Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II leading the funeral for victims of Coptic Cathedral bombing on the 11 December 2016 © Aid to the Church in Need

Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II leading the funeral for victims of Coptic Cathedral bombing on the 11 December 2016 © Aid to the Church in Need

January 2017

Extremists booby-trapped toys to stop Christians returning
13 January 2017
Extremists driven out of Iraq's the Nineveh Plains "riddled the region with land mines" and they even "put bombs in children's toys" according to a senior Catholic cleric. Fr Luis Montes, Latin Episcopal Vicar for Kurdistan, told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: "Approximately 60 percent of the homes on the Nineveh Plains were burned down."

Parents 'forgive suicide bomber'
10 January 2017
Catholic parents whose son was killed by a suicide bomber in the 2016 Easter Sunday attack at Gulshan-i-Iqbal Park, Pakistan have told Lahore's Archbishop that they have forgiven the man that killed their child.

'Convert or we will shoot you as well'
5 January 2017
A Christian mother and son in Iraq have told their story of survival after two years of terror living under Daesh (ISIS). In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, widow Jandark Behnam Mansour Nassi, 55, and her son, 16-year-old Ismail, describe their experiences at the hands of Daesh militants.

December 2016

Prince Charles condemns evil persecution in special video message
22 December 2016
HRH The Prince of Wales has today (Thursday, 22 December) released a message describing the "evil" of religious persecution today. The Prince's broadcast on BBC Radio 4 'Thought for the Day' was inspired by Aid to the Church in Need's recently released Religious Freedom in the World 2016 Report.


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