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May 2017

IRAQ/UK: HRH The Prince of Wales meets bishop from Iraq
18 May 2017
HRH The Prince of Wales has had a meeting with Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, northern Iraq.

INTERNATIONAL: Anniversary for Catholic charity dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima
8 May 2017
As the Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions - an international Catholic charity dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima is celebrating its 70th anniversary.

IRAQ: Rebuilding of Nineveh Plains set to begin
5 May 2017
An "Olive Tree Ceremony" in Iraq's Nineveh Plains will mark the beginning of the rebuilding of homes belonging to Christian families who fled when extremist group Daesh (ISIS) seized their villages.

April 2017

EGYPT: Pope's visit set to "reknit" ties with Islam
28 April 2017
But Islamic expert laments Muslims' global silence over Christians' persecution in Middle East by Islamist terrorist minority

NIGERIA: Is the government complicit in the supply of arms to Islamists?
27 April 2017
A bishop has accused the authorities in Nigeria of suspected supply of arms to an Islamist terrorist network who he claims have infiltrated federal and state governments.

EGYPT: Brave young Catholics to travel to Cairo to see Pope
21 April 2017
About 3,000 young Catholics from across Egypt will put aside security fears and travel to the centre of Cairo to welcome Pope Francis.

DRC: 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.

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