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Delegates  at the European Parliament discussing international religious freedom concerns

Delegates at the European Parliament discussing international religious freedom concerns

December 2014

Prince Charles extends hand of sympathy to Iraqi Christians
10 December 2014
HRH The Prince of Wales met Iraqi Christian families touched by the unfolding crisis in northern Iraq.

IRAQ: West ignores Iraq's Christians as they are of no economic value
3 December 2014
As new aid is announced for Iraqi faithful pouring into Lebanon, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Joseph III Younan accuses the West of ignoring the plight of displaced Christians.

November 2014

CHINA: Anti-Christian Persecution intensifies in China
28 November 2014
Cardinal Zen has spoken out against the Chinese government's increased persecution of Christians.

IRAQ: Christian leader says Muslims must condemn ISIS
21 November 2014
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has appealed to the "moderate majority of Muslims" to condemn attacks on Christians and other religious minorities carried out by ISIS in northern Iraq.

HOLY LAND: Your presence gives us "strength" Jerusalem bishop's message of hope to ACN pilgrims
11 November 2014
Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem thanked ACN pilgrims for their solidarity.

PAKISTAN: Murder of pregnant woman and spouse for "blasphemy" called barbaric
7 November 2014
The death of a Christian couple in Pakistan's Punjab province has been denounced by a Dominican priest, who has described the problems posed by the blasphemy laws.

SCOTLAND & INTERNATIONAL: Let us "confront" religious persecution with dialogue
6 November 2014
Archbishop Kaigama's plea for end to violence as report highlights decline of religious freedom worldwide.

UNITED KINGDOM: Prince calls for action on religious freedom in video address to Parliament
4 November 2014
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has highlighted the need for action to uphold religious freedom in a video address in the House of Lords.

October 2014

UNITED KINGDOM: HRH The Prince of Wales to give address on religious freedom
27 October 2014
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will give a video address on the subject of religious freedom to Parliamentarians and representatives of different faith groups in the House of Lords next week.

NIGERIA: Life is the country's cheapest commodity, laments bishop
24 October 2014
As refugees who fled Boko Haram attacks receive emergency aid from ACN, Bishop Doeme spoke out about their dire situation and the government's lack of effective action.

WORLDWIDE: Charity to release comprehensive religious freedom report
23 October 2014
Aid to the Church in Need will be releasing a new report examining the state of religious freedom around the world.

IRAQ: Mission of mercy
15 October 2014
Aid to the Church in Need announced four million Euros (more than three million Pounds) to help displaced families facing a cruel winter in Iraq: one of the largest aid packages in the charity's 67-year history.

UNITED KINGDOM: Europe ignores Christian persecution, claims Lebanese Archbishop
14 October 2014
Maronite Archbishop Elias Nassar called for solidarity with persecuted and oppressed Christians throughout the world at events in London and Glasgow organised by ACN.

IRAQ: Bishop says, "Our people have been abandoned"
6 October 2014
Archbishop Bashar Warda has accused the central government of Iraq of leaving displaced Christians to their fate.

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