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US Declares ISIS Atrocities Genocide

US Declares ISIS Atrocities Genocide


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Report: Only Word for ISIS Atrocities Is Genocide

 A major report that makes the case that the terror campaign being waged by ISIS and its affiliates against Christians and other religious minorities meets the definition of genocide was released Thursday at a news conference at the National Press Club by the Knights of Columbus (K of C) and In Defense of Christians (IDC). The report was presented to the US State Department. …

Report: Only Word for ISIS Atrocities Is Genocide


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Jihadists Suspected of Cutting Off Water, Electricity to Hurt Aleppo Populace

Jihadists may be to blame for cutting off essential water and electricity supplies in Aleppo, Syria’s second city, according to a local bishop who fears for the lives of those affected. …

Jihadists Suspected of Cutting Off Water, Electricity to Hurt Aleppo Populace


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‘If We Hate ISIS, Then They Have Won’

As Christians, this is a message we do not want to hear, but must take to heart. 

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Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa is head of the Franciscans in the Middle East, custodians of the holy places in Israel and Palestine. He spoke with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need on Wednesday, discussing the prospects of Christians in Syria, Iraq and throughout the Middle East five years after the beginning of the “Arab Spring.”

The Arab Spring has primarily resulted in chaos and the disintegration of nations, especially in Syria. Is there any reason for the hard-pressed Christians in the region to be optimistic in 2016? 

‘If We Hate ISIS, Then They Have Won’

 


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In Wake of Bombings, Jesuit Calls on Indonesian Muslims to Fight Islamic Terrorism

“This attack should serve as an alarm bell for all Indonesians, and above all for Muslims. They need to recognize the danger of terrorism,” said a Jesuit based in the world’s largest Muslim country. …

In Wake of Bombings, Jesuit Calls on Indonesian Muslims to Fight Islamic Terrorism


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In Syria, Food Is ‘Most Deadly Weapon of War’

Food has become “the most deadly weapon of war” in Syria, according to a leading Catholic charity’s Middle East expert, who charged that both government and rebel forces are blocking humanitarian aid to force entire communities—already on the brink of starvation—to submit to their rule. He added that rebels have confiscated humanitarian aid, selling it to the highest bidder to generate funds. …

In Syria, Food Is ‘Most Deadly Weapon of War’


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Syrian Priest Recalls Months as ISIS Captive

“Masked men came into the monastery of Mar Elian and abducted me along with a volunteer. They forced us into a car and then left us in the middle of the desert for four days, blindfolded and chained up. Then they took us to Raqqa, the capital of ISIS.” …

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