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Catholic youth members of the Legion of Mary Holy Family Coptic Catholic Church, Zaytoun, Cairo

Catholic youth members of the Legion of Mary Holy Family Coptic Catholic Church, Zaytoun, Cairo

April 2017

Users of smartphones support "industry of death" in Africa
20 April 2017
Users of new technology are unwittingly fueling violence in Africa and exploiting workers, according to leading priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who have spoken out against alleged corruption in the production of minerals used in mobile phones and other electronic devices.

EGYPT: We need better protection
11 April 2017
Egypt Bishop calls for increased church security in wake of bombings

IRAQ: Young priest returns home to bless his village
6 April 2017
A newly ordinated priest has described returning with the Blessed Sacrament to his home village in northern Iraq after it was finally liberated from Daesh (ISIS) extremists.

March 2017

IRAQ: Christian churches unite to rebuild Nineveh Plains
31 March 2017
Thousands upon thousands of Iraqi Christians forced from their towns and villages by Daesh (ISIS) are an important step closer to returning home after Church leaders formed a taskforce charged with developing a massive rebuilding programme.

UK: London vigil for Syria priest's release
30 March 2017
A nine-day programme of prayer gets underway today (Thursday, 30 March) at a London church for a priest held captive by Islamist extremist group Daesh (ISIS).

UK: TV Nun's 70th Jubilee Gift to charity celebrating 70 years
30 March 2017
BBC art historian Sister Wendy Beckett has marked her 70th jubilee as a nun by donating 3,000 pounds to Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity which is also celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.

IRAQ: Hope the country's Christians might go home
28 March 2017
THE cost of rebuilding Christian villages destroyed by Daesh (ISIS) in northern Iraq could exceed 160 million pounds (US$200 million), according to a survey carried out by a Catholic charity.

IRAQ: Is time running out for the country's Christians?
23 March 2017
UK Parliament warned by Iraq aid coordinator that 1,800-year-old Church community is facing its biggest challenge yet.

SOUTH AMERICA: Ain't no mountain high enough... for the Sisters
10 March 2017
Religious Sisters are transforming communities across Latin America by travelling to isolated areas that have not seen a priest for years.

NIGERIA: Healing a "distorted, bloodied and corrupted society"
6 March 2017
The leader of Nigeria's Catholics has made an impassioned plea for peace and dialogue as the country faces violence, crippling economic crisis, and the threat of famine in the north-east, where militants continue to carry out attacks.

FRANCE: Splashing their way to the finish line
6 March 2017
A rain-soaked team from Aid to the Church in Need braved the cold wind and rain to complete a half marathon in Paris, raising money for suffering Christians in the Middle East.

SYRIA: Crisis continues despite ceasefire
1 March 2017
A Sister helping Christian families in war-torn Syria has revealed the severity of the on-going crisis across the country - despite the holding ceasefire.

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