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Egypt looks to the pope with hope

HONG KONG (SE): “In this Holy Week, the Christian community (in Egypt) is experiencing the passion of Jesus Christ with a mixture of fear and sadness,” Father Rafic Greiche, the spokesperson for the Church in the country, said after two bombs, one in Tanta and one in Alexandria exploded in churches on Palm Sunday, April 9, leaving dozens dead and more injured, Catholics are now looking to the visit of Pope Francis to give them hope.

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Islamic State ups the terror ante in Xinjiang

HONG KONG (UCAN): In response to a video released by the Islamic State vowing to spill blood in China, Beijing has pledged to fight terrorist forces alongside the international community.

The 30-minute video shows a guerilla-like figure, suspected of being a Uyghur from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China, claiming that he would go back to China and commit a terrorist attack. The video also features images of Xinjiang and Chinese police patrolling the streets.

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Good Muslims obstacle to Islamic State

Dhaka and Baghdad (Agencies): Christian leaders in Bangladesh condemned the July 7 terrorist attack on the country’s largest Eid al-Fitr prayer gathering in Kishoreganj, UCA News reported.

Four people were killed and 30 injured when a group of Islamic extremists threw bombs and shot at police outside the venue where around 300,000 people had gathered to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. 

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Arrests made in alleged plot against Vatican and Israeli embassy

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Italian authorities arrested six suspects who allegedly received orders from the Islamic State terrorist group to attack the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.

The arrests, made in Lombardy and Piedmont on April 28, were the result of a joint operation coordinated by the district attorney of Milan and the Italian anti-terrorism agency.

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An unseen generosity

I met Alamid while I was in Germany. He told me he was a refugee from Syria. Their house had been partly destroyed by barrel bombs dropped by the armies of Bashar al-Assad, the Russian-supported Syrian dictator.

Alamid, together with his family and an uncle, is among the hundreds of non-combatant families bombed out of home who has lost all of his possessions. They survive the bombs by taking shelter in basements.








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Good Friday came to Brussels early

BRUSSELS (SE): Good Friday came early to the Belgium capital of Brussels when two bombs exploded at Zaventem Airport around 8.00am and another at Maelbeek Metro Station around 9.00am on Tuesday of Holy Week, March 22.

“Good Friday has come three days early with these totally absurd actions,” Bishop Jean Kockerols, from Mechelen-Brussels, said on a Belgium bishops’ website broadcast.

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Iraqi diocese finished

JERUSALEM (SE): “We are in great danger, our diocese is at an end,” the Syrian Catholic bishop of Mosul in Iraq, Archbishop Youhanna Boutros, told a preparation symposium for the World Day of the Sick in Jerusalem on February 16.

“The Islamic State no longer recognises any dignity of the human being, because for them, the value of life is zero, comparable to that of a cow or a pack of cigarettes,” Archbishop Boutros said.

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Fast against terrorism

LAHORE (AsiaNews): Human rights advocates from different religious backgrounds began a hunger strike on February 12 in protest against government inability to counter Islamic terrorism.

“2016 has just begun and already we have witnessed major terrorist attacks,” Samson Salamat, who heads the Christian Rwadari Tehreek (Movement for Tolerance), said.

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It is genocide in Syria European Union says

STRASBOURG (SE): The Council of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Europe has given its support to a resolution of the European Parliament to label the persecution of religious minorities by the Islamic State as genocide.

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Islamic State rumoured to be in Mindanao

COTABATO (UCAN): One of the top Muslim religious leaders in The Philippines has voiced concern over reports pointing to a growing presence of the group calling itself the Islamic State in the southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

“This is alarming, very disturbing,” Sheikh Abdulrahman Udasan, the grand mufti of the Darul Ifta of The Philippines, said on December 2.

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