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Iraq’s Christians Grapple With New Threat From Iran-Backed Militias

After surviving the genocidal campaign of Islamic State militants, Iraq’s Christians are facing new challenges as they attempt to rebuild their lives in their ancestral homeland.
Carl Anderson, the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, returned from a recent visit to the Nineveh province in northern Iraq, warning that Iranian-backed militias, or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have “made life nearly unbearable for Christians attempting to return to towns” where they “have stripped Christian family homes of plumbing, wiring and other metal” and are also credibly accused of violent crimes. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/iraqs-christians-grapple-with-new-threat-from-iran-backed-militias


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Venezuelan National Guard Attacks Church During Mass

SAN CRISTOBAL – Members of the Venezuelan National Guard attacked a Catholic church in San Cristobal Wednesday, amid nationwide protests against the government of president Nicolas Maduro.
Bishop Mario del Valle Moronta Rodriguez of San Cristóbal de Venezuela said May 1 that “this afternoon a horde of Bolivarian National Guardsmen attacked Our Lady of Fatima church in Barrio Sucre of San Cristóbal.”
A Mass was ending, he said, “when two (members of) the GNB entered the church on a motorcycle.” …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/venezuelan-national-guard-attacks-church-during-mass


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Fujimori Re-Imprisonment and Peru’s Forgotten Forced-Sterilization Program

In an age when the #MeToo movement has increased the sensitivity toward the rights of women, many would be shocked to realize that a U.S. government agency and the U.N. Population Fund encouraged and financed a program of forced sterilizations in Peru during the 1990s. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/fujimori-re-imprisonment-and-perus-forgotten-forced-sterilization-program


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An Iraqi Christian Family Is Home Again on the Nineveh Plains

Nasir Qabu serves in the Nineveh Plains Guards, an armed unit affiliated with the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of Kurdistan. Mr. Qabu (37) lives with his wife Sonya Abada (30) and two children—Angel who is 7, and Christian, who is 9—in Qaraqosh. Like most of the Christians in this town on the Nineveh Plains, the Qabu family is Syriac-Catholic. They recently returned to their home after living in exile in Erbil, Kurdistan. Mr. Qabu tells his story: …

https://zenit.org/articles/an-iraqi-christian-family-is-home-again-on-the-nineveh-plains/


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FDA Report: Abortion Pill Kills 22 Women, Injures Thousands More

At least 22 women in America have died and thousands more have experienced serious complications from taking abortion pills, according to updated guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The FDA updated its guidance on mifepristone (known as Mifeprex or Mifegyne), the first stage of a medical abortion that blocks the progesterone needed for a pregnancy to continue, after receiving “reports of serious adverse events in women” who took it. …

FDA Report: Abortion Pill Kills 22 Women, Injures Thousands More


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Syria: Nuns Have Narrow Escape from Death

A religious Sister in Damascus has told how she, fellow nuns and students narrowly escaped death February 20, 2018, when the sky “turned black” on one of the deadliest days of the conflict in the Syrian capital.
Describing the situation at her convent in the Bab Touma district of Damascus’s Old City, Sister Annie Demerjian said that a rocket landed very close by and that had it exploded she and some of the university students “would have been wounded or killed”. …

https://zenit.org/articles/syria-nuns-have-narrow-escape-from-death/


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Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Speaks of Catholic Identity in Fast-Paced World

It is common for bobsledders to reach speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour in international races. While this may make for thrilling competition, Olympic gold medalist Curt Tomasevicz — no stranger to flying on ice — has a deep appreciation for slowing down.
The Shelby, Nebraska, native recently helped to organize a retreat at a Benedictine monastery. This was a reminder for him of what is most important in life. Despite a decorated career that includes not only an Olympic gold and bronze medal, but also three gold, two silver and five bronze medals at the World Championships — he knows that he cannot take them with him when he departs from this life. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/winter-olympic-gold-medalist-speaks-of-catholic-identity-in-fast-paced-worl