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Neville Kyrke-Smith (on the right) and others taking part in the rally for Christians from Mosul, Iraq, held outside the Houses of Parliament, London on Saturday (26th July).

Neville Kyrke-Smith (on the right) and others taking part in the rally for Christians from Mosul, Iraq, held outside the Houses of Parliament, London on Saturday (26th July).

July 2014

IRAQ: Archbishops call on the world to help stop the destruction
23 July 2014
The Archbishops representing Mosul's different Christian denominations have made an dramatic appeal to the outside world for more outside help for minorities hit by Islamist extremists.

UNITED KINGDOM: Stand in solidarity outside Parliament for Iraqi Christians says charity head
21 July 2014
Following reports of Christians in Mosul being told to leave their homes or accept hard-line Islamic rule, ACN (UK)'s national director calls on people to show solidarity in a demonstration outside London's Houses of Parliament.

BANGLADESH: Church rocked by vicious attack on nuns
15 July 2014
Bishop Sebastian Tudu has condemned a violent nocturnal attack on Sisters in his diocese, working with the poorest sections of society.

IRAQ: EU warned of end of Christianity in country
14 July 2014
Iraq's Christian leaders expressed fears to senior EU politicians that ongoing violence and conflict is hastening the end of nearly 2,000 years of Christianity in the country.

UNITED KINGDOM: Helping Syria in the long run
13 July 2014
Aid to the Church in Need staff and supporters put on their running shoes for the British 10k London race to raise more than 6,000 pounds for Syrian refugees.

SUDAN: More Christians in Sudan at risk, says bishop
11 July 2014
Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro warned that more Sudanese Christians could suffer severe violations of human rights, like Mariam Ibrahim, describing how Christians' legal protections have been stripped.

UNITED KINGDOM: Running London 10k for Syria's refugees
3 July 2014
Aid to the Church in Need staff and supporters are getting ready to race through the streets of London to help Syrian refugees by taking part in the British 10k London Run.

IRAQ: Christian exodus from the country accelerating
2 July 2014
Describing the large numbers of Christians leaving for the community, Patriarch Raphael I of Baghdad said: "We are losing our community. If Christian life in Iraq comes to an end, this will be a hiatus in our history."

June 2014

IRAQ: Archbishop says create new 'village' for people fleeing ISIS
30 June 2014
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil called for a huge displacement centre to be created in Kurdish northern Iraq for tens of thousands of people, including many Christians, fleeing ISIS.

IRAQ: Rescue plan as country's Christians near extinction
23 June 2014
Catholic bishops from Iraq are meeting to formulate a plan to keep a Christain presence in the country, as fears that ISIS attacks have put Christianity at increased risk of being extinguished from the country.

IRAQ: Charity's 100,000 Euros to help people from Mosul fleeing ISIS as country heads towards civil war
19 June 2014
PEOPLE fleeing Mosul following the attacks by ISIS militants are to receive emergency help from Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, amid growing signs that the country is lurching towards civil war.

IRAQ: Foreign intervention won't help against ISIS
16 June 2014
Baghdad's Roman Catholic archbishop told Aid to the Church in Need that Iraqi leaders must unite to confront the threat of radical Islamists ISIS who are advancing towards the capital.

SUDAN: Pressure mounting on Mariam to convert to Islam
12 June 2014
Sudanese Christian woman Mariam Ibrahim, sentenced to death for apostasy from Islam last month, is steadfastly refusing to abandon her Christian Faith, despite persistent demands that she convert.

IRAQ: Mosul Bishop says, We have never seen anything like this.
11 June 2014
Mosul's Chaldean Archbishop has described "families on the run" from the city following an attack on it by extremist groups.

SYRIA: Aid to the Church in Need offers more help for refugees as crisis deepens
9 June 2014
Aid to the Church in Need's UK office announced fresh help for suffering Christians around the globe, with major aid packages going to refugees who have fled Syria.

May 2014

EGYPT: Bishop says new president Sisi is the right man at the right time.
29 May 2014
Bishop Adel Zaky hailed victory for former General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Egypt's Presidential elections as giving the Christian community reasons to hope.

INDIA: Archbishop asked does new government mean new problems?
27 May 2014
Archbishop Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar told Aid to the Church in Need about his hopes and fears after Narendra Modi 's victory in the elections.

NIGERIA: Archbishop says international community must do more to help defeat Boko Haram
21 May 2014
Archbishop appeals for outside help in struggle to overcome militant violence

SYRIA: Keeping faith and hope alive
7 May 2014
Aid to the Church in Need announces more emergency help for Syria, including work helping disabled children and destitute families by a friend and colleague of murdered Jesuit priest Father Frans van der Lugt.


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