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Kidnapped priest Father Jacques Mourad © Fr Ziad Hilal

Kidnapped priest Father Jacques Mourad © Fr Ziad Hilal

May 2015

PAKISTAN: Mob attacks Christian quarter after new blasphemy accusation
27 May 2015
Accusations of blasphemy led to an attack on the Christian quarter of Lahore by an enraged mob.

SYRIA: Jesuit Priest abducted
22 May 2015
Fears have been expressed for the safety of Father Jacques Mourad, after he was kidnapped while going about his pastoral work.

IRAQ: Plea from Iraq's Christians to UK bishops: Don't forget us
20 May 2015
The Bishop overseeing the needs of displaced Christians in northern Iraq asked UK Christian leaders to ensure Britain does not forget Iraq's suffering Christians.

SYRIA: The force of the blast in Aleppo
18 May 2015
A Religious Sister in Aleppo, Syria, has given a shocking account of bombardment and devastation in the city, as increased fighting forces Christians out of their homes.

SCOTLAND: Youth rally planned for persecuted Christians
14 May 2015
A youth rally at Carfin Lourdes Grotto will bring together young people from across Scotland in a unique act of solidarity with persecuted Christians.

PAKISTAN: Church condemns fresh attack on Muslim minority
13 May 2015
Pakistan's Catholic Church in Pakistan condemned an attack on the Ismaili Muslim community, that left 47 dead, including senior citizens, women and children, and 24 injured.

NIGERIA: 5,000 killed, 100,000 displaced, and 350 churches in ruins
11 May 2015
In a new report Maiduguri diocese assesses extent of the suffering caused by militant extremist group Boko Haram. "Our faith has been purified through persecution", said one priest.

April 2015

NEPAL: Bishop calls earthquake 'a very, very frightening scene'
28 April 2015
Bishop Paul Simick, who narrowly escaped death during the earthquake, appealed for prayers for the suffering country.

UNITED KINGDOM: Young Traditionalists pray for persecuted Christians
13 April 2015
Juventutem, a network for young Catholics with an attachment to the traditional Roman liturgy, will be having Masses offered for their suffering brothers and sisters.

UNITED KINGDOM: Overnight vigil planned in support of Iraqi Christians
10 April 2015
Aid to the Church in Need to team up with Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy to hold a vigil in support of persecuted Iraqi Christians and others who suffer oppression.


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