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{FD} Christian mom sentenced to hang for ‘insulting Islam’ in Pakistan may face final hearing

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Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five in Pakistan who for seven years has been facing death by hanging for allegedly insulting Islam, could face her final Supreme Court hearing in June, her lawyer has said. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis on Easter: Cling to faith amid wars and hatred

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Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people to hold fast in their “fearful hearts” to faith despite all the wars, sickness and hatred in the world, acknowledging on Easter Sunday that many wonder where God is amid so much evil and suffering. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands fill the Vatican as pope celebrates Easter Sunday

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Tens of thousands of faithful are braving heavy security checks for a place in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican as Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday Mass. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistan military: Officials foil ‘major terrorist attack’ on Easter Sunday

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Pakistan’s military said on Saturday that security forces foiled a “major terrorist attack” on Christians after killing a militant and detaining his associate in the eastern city of Lahore. Continue reading

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{FD} Christianity’s prospects of surviving in its birthplace are grim

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Prospects of Christianity surviving in its birthplace, the Middle East, appear as grim this Holy Week as they have at any time in the last two millennia. Continue reading

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{FD} Middle Eastern Christians forced to become nomads

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As incidents of persecution increase in the Middle East and Africa, many of the faith are forced to leave their home. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian teacher in Germany banned from wearing cross necklace

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The jewelry apparently falls under the ‘no sign of religious symbols’ rule, according to new reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Muslims respond to call for blood donations in Egypt after Palm Sunday attacks

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In a show of solidarity after the Palm Sunday attacks in Egypt, Muslim men and women rushed to mosques in Tanta to donate blood for those injured in the blasts. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt terror ensnares Israel as Sinai border crossing closed

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Warnings of an “imminent” terror attack forced Israel to close its Taba border crossing to the Sinai peninsula Monday, one day after terrorists in Egypt bombed two Christian churches, killing dozens of worshippers on Palm Sunday. Continue reading

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{FD} Palm Sunday attacks: 44 dead, more than 100 injured in church bombings carried out by ISIS in Egypt

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At least 43 people were killed and more than 100 injured in two separate Palm Sunday attacks at Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, each carried out by the ISIS terror group. Continue reading

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{FD} Palm Sunday attacks: 43 dead, more than 100 injured in church bombings carried out by ISIS in Egypt

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At least 43 people were killed and more than 100 injured in two separate Palm Sunday attacks at Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, each carried out by the ISIS terror group. Continue reading

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{FD} Palm Sunday attacks: Bombings at churches in Egypt leave at least 32 dead

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At least two bombs exploded at two churches in Egypt packed with Palm Sunday worshippers, killing at least 30 people and wounding 130 others, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Palm Sunday attacks: ISIS says it carried out bombings at churches in Egypt that killed at least 37

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The ISIS terror group has claimed responsibility for two separate Palm Sunday bombing attacks at Coptic Christian churches in Egypt that have killed 37 people and injured more than 100. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt church bombing kills at least 21

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A bomb exploded in a church north of Cairo that was packed with Palm Sunday worshippers, killing at least 21 people and wounding 38 others, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} Egypt church bombing kills at least 25

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A bomb exploded in a church north of Cairo that was packed with Palm Sunday worshippers, killing at least 25 people and wounding 71 others, officials said. Continue reading

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{FD} UK mock crucifixion canceled over blasphemy, safety concerns

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A fundraising event that would imitate a “full crucifixion experience” on people in Manchester was canceled Wednesday over blasphemy and safety concerns. Continue reading

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{FD} Russian court mulls Jehovah’s Witnesses ban

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Russia’s Supreme Court began a hearing Wednesday to potentially ban the Jehovah’s Witnesses and declare it an extremist organization in the country. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian churches thrive in European countries with Islam on the rise

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Christianity is finding new outlets to survive and thrive in European countries where Islam in on the rise. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis prays for Chicago violence victims in letter

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Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich says Pope Francis has written him a letter saying he is praying for the city’s victims of violence. Continue reading

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{FD} Imprisoned Pakistani Christians offered release if they convert to Islam

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Pakistani Christians imprisoned on terrorism charges for the lynching of two men after the 2015 church bombings in Lahore were allegedly told that if they renounced their faith and embraced Islam, their acquittal would be guaranteed. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope’s skullcap snatched by playful Atlanta girl

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A 3-year-old Atlanta girl went viral after she had an unforgettable interaction with Pope Francis on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Christianity in Iraq is finished, says Canon Andrew White, ‘vicar of Baghdad’

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He is one of the world’s most prominent priests, but Canon Andrew White – known as the “Vicar of Baghdad” – has reached a painstaking conclusion: Christianity is all but over in the land where it began. Continue reading

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{FD} Why Islam may surpass Christianity as world’s largest faith

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By 2050, Muslims are expected to be nearly even in number with the Christian population. Continue reading

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{FD} Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches

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Muslims in Europe are converting to Christianity in soaring numbers, say experts in Islam and faith leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} Godfather crackdown: Sicilian bishop bars mafia in baptisms

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Vito Corleone might want to make a Sicilian bishop an offer he can’t refuse. Continue reading

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{FD} Knights of Columbus donates millions to fight Christian persecution

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The Catholic organization has made it clear that ‘words are not enough.’ Continue reading

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{FD} The German cardinal who spoke out against the Nazis

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You probably weren’t taught this story in your high school world history class — or any class. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian pastors accused of smuggling North Korean defectors out of China

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China arrested two South Korean Christian pastors for allegedly helping to smuggle North Korean defectors out of China, the latest in a string of detentions and expulsions aimed at South Korean Christians in the past several months. Continue reading

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{FD} Church fights free birth control in the Philippines

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Poverty may be an issue — but is the pill the right answer? Continue reading

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{FD} How the Pakistani government just helped an enslaved Christian community

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Accused of not doing enough to protect the Christian minority, the Pakistani government has taken steps to improve the quality of life for a community of poor Christians living in squalor as bonded laborers in a rural area of Jaranwala in the Punjab Pr… Continue reading

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{FD} Pope Francis open to having some married men become priests

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In a move that could transform the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has said he’s open to the possibility of ordaining married men to minister in remote communities facing priest shortages. Continue reading

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{FD} A political pope is also growing the ranks of the faithful

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The leader of the Catholic Church continues to walk the line between politics and religion — and guess who’s paying attention? Continue reading

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{FD} Cute pup adopted by monastery melts hearts around the world

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The cute little schnauzer was also given a custom-made title, Fray Bigotón (Big Moustache Friar), which he happily carries around the monastery. Continue reading

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{FD} Iran arrests two Catholics in new wave of brutality against Christians

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Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested two Christians in late February as part of a brutal crackdown on Catholicism in the country’s West Azerbaijan Province. Continue reading

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{FD} Catholic Church of Guam established $1M sexual abuse settlement fund

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The Roman Catholic Church of Guam has established a $1 million settlement fund for victims of child sexual abuse. Continue reading

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{FD} Group finds mass grave at former Catholic orphanage in Ireland

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A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced Friday in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a histori… Continue reading

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{FD} Giant cross installed outside Mosul to mark progress against ISIS

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As a village outside the city of Mosul is being rebuilt after its liberation from the Islamic State terror group, a giant cross has been erected on one of its hills to celebrate the victory of faith over “darkness.” Continue reading

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{FD} Christians flee Egypt’s Sinai after militant killings

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Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Christian man inside his home in northern Sinai, officials and a priest said Friday, the latest in a string of sectarian killings there that has sent hundreds of Christians fleeing and raised accusations the go… Continue reading

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{FD} ISIS Egypt affiliate: Christians are our ‘favorite prey’

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An Islamic State affiliate released a video Monday vowing that Egyptian Christians are their “favorite prey,” showing images of a suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people inside a packed Cairo church in December. Continue reading

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{FD} Teacher shot in head by radical Islamists as attacks on Christians in Egypt escalate

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A 50-year-old Coptic Christian teacher was shot in the head by two Islamic militants in Egypt while on his way home from school Thursday, as attacks on Christians continues to rise at an alarming rate in the Muslim-majority country. Continue reading

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{FD} Bill aiming to protect Christians, other minority groups in Pakistan may soon be law

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A new bill passed by the Pakistani Parliament earlier this week seeks to protect religious minorities, including Christians, from being killed in mob lynchings or endure forced conversions to Islam and forced marriages to Muslim husbands. Continue reading

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{FD} Pope prepares video message for fans attending Super Bowl

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Look out, Lady Gaga. Continue reading

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{FD} Spanish nun gets death threats after saying Mary likely wasn’t a virgin

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A nun in Spain has received death threats from angry Catholics after suggesting that Mary likely had sex with husband Joseph – much like any “normal couple” would. Continue reading

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{FD} Christian persecution seen in more locations across the globe, new report shows

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Christian persecution has not only increased the past year but it has also spread to more corners of the globe – with incidents occurring in every continent, according to a new annual report. Continue reading

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{FD} Nearly 1 million Christians reportedly martyred for their faith in last decade

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Over 900,000 Christians have been martyred in the last 10 years, a Christian research firm affiliated with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts estimates. Continue reading

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{FD} Unemployed loner? European parish needs a part-time hermit

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If you’re looking for some time alone, this job opening in Austria may be for you. Continue reading

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{FD} Thousands of Muslims reportedly turning to Christ in Middle East

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Thousands of Muslims are turning to Jesus Christ and what they view as the “religion of freedom” amid ongoing bloodshed in the Middle East, reports indicate. Continue reading

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{FD} Rift grows between Pope Francis, ancient Catholic order

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Strains between Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church’s traditional leadership have erupted into the open with leaders of a millennium-old lay Catholic order publicly telling the pope, in effect, that he has no authority to meddle in the order’s affairs. Continue reading

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{FD} Hundreds of Christians, Muslims killed in recent Islamic terror spree in Nigeria

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The Fulani herdsmen terrorists reportedly killed over 800 Christians and moderate Muslims, as well as destroyed at least 16 churches, in the last few months of 2016 in Nigeria, representing a rising Islamic threat. Continue reading

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{FD} Church has more martyrs today than in first centuries, Pope Francis says

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Despite the chronicle of horrific deaths suffered by early Christians during the vaunted “Age of Martyrs” Pope Francis said Monday that the church has more martyrs today than the early church did. Continue reading

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