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Christian Heritage Found Ransacked as Monastery Retaken from Daesh

By Stephen Kalin KHIDIR ILYAS, Iraq, Nov 21  – The history pages of Iraq’s Christian community lie in charred fragments on the floor of a fourth-century monastery near Mosul which Daesh militants ransacked during a two-year occupation that ended over the weekend. The jihadists at the Mar Behnam monastery burned a collection of books about

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Restoring Christ’s Tomb

A historic action by three churches helps Christianity’s holiest site fight elements of time BY Maher Abukhater  When the Israeli Police ordered the shutting down of Christianity’s holiest site—the chamber housing what Christians around the world believe to be the tomb of Jesus Christ—on February 17, 2015, the decision caused an uproar among the Christian faithful.

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“Download a Good Heart”, Pope Tells Young as Polish Visit Ends

By Philip Pullella KRAKOW, Poland, July 31 – Pope Francis wrapped up his Polish visit on Sunday with a huge outdoor Mass where he told young people to look beyond the instant gratification afforded by technology, and instead to try to change the world. Hundreds of thousands of young people, many of whom camped out

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Lebanon Fears New Terror Wave After Multiple Suicide Attack

BEIRUT, June 28 – The Lebanese government warned on Tuesday of a heightened terrorist threat after eight suicide bombers targeted a Christian village at the border with Syria, the latest spillover of its conflict into Lebanon. The village of Qaa was targeted on Monday in two waves of suicide attacks that killed five people. The

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In Egyptian Village, Attack on Christian Grandmother Fuels Anger

By Ahmed Aboulenein and Omar Fahmy ALKARM, Egypt, May 30 – Soad Thabet’s house no longer has a door. Inside, its walls are blackened with soot and a television lies shattered on the floor. The remains of a red nightgown stand out among the ashes. Thabet, 70, describes being dragged outside by Muslim villagers and

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Transgender Beauties from Three Faiths Vie for Israeli Crown

By Rami Amichay TEL AVIV, May 27 – Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant brought together contestants from the Holy Land’s three main faiths on Friday in an unconventional show of tolerance and coexistence. In what organisers described as an ethnic “mosaic”, those vying for the Miss Trans Israel 2016 crown included a Jewish confectioner from

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