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Al-Qaeda threat on Iraq Christians linked to Egypt

CAIRO: The wives of two Egyptian Coptic priests, forbidden by the Church from divorcing their abusive husbands, desperately sought another way out by converting to Islam. When their intentions were discovered, police handed them over to the Church and their whereabouts since have been unknown. The cases caused a furor at home that spilled over …

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Pope urges courage for Catholics in China, Iraq

VATICAN CITY: Iraqi Christians celebrated a somber Christmas in a Baghdad cathedral stained with dried blood, while Pope Benedict XVI exhorted Chinese Catholics to stay loyal despite restrictions on them in a holiday address laced with worry for the world’s Christian minorities. Saturday’s grim news seemed to highlight the pope’s concern for his flock’s welfare. …

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Al-Qaeda in Iraq threatens attacks on Christians

BAGHDAD: Al-Qaeda’s front group in Iraq is threatening more attacks against the country’s Christians unless two women it claims Egypt’s Coptic Church is holding captive are released. The Islamic State of Iraq issued the warning in a message posted late Tuesday on a website frequented by Islamist extremists. The group has made similar threats in …

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Pope calls Christians the most persecuted

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday that Christians suffer more religious persecution than any other group, denouncing lack of freedom of worship as an "intolerable" threat to world security. The message reflected a pressing concern by Benedict in recent months for the plight of Christian minorities in parts of the world, especially in the …

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Hundreds of Iraq Christians mark church siege carnage

BAGHDAD: Hundreds of Iraqi Christians attended mass on Friday at a Baghdad church where 46 worshippers died in an Al-Qaeda siege, marking 40 days since the killings that sparked an international outcry. Security was tight as a procession of Christian leaders entered the Sayidat Al-Nejat (Our Lady of Salvation) Syriac Catholic church, which still bears …

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Protecting our Christian neighbors in Iraq

By Ahmed Fahad NASIRIYAH, Iraq: Christians in Iraq are being exposed to a series of high-profile attacks, including the hostage situation and shootings at the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad at the end of October, as well as separate attacks on Christian homes in the Al Mansour quarter in Baghdad two weeks ago. Pope …

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Christian brothers gunned down in north Iraq, say police

MOSUL: Two Iraqi Christian brothers were gunned down inside their vehicle workshop in the restive northern city of Mosul on Monday, police said. Saad Hanna, 43, and Waad Hanna, 40, were shot dead at around noon (0900 GMT) in the city, 350 kilometers (220 miles) north of Baghdad, the latest in a spate of attacks …

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Iraqi Christians seek safe haven in Jordan from attacks

AMMAN: A spate of attacks targeting Christians in Iraq has forced many to flee to neighboring Jordan which many see as a stepping stone to a new life as far away as possible from the violence-ridden country. On Sundays families gather at the Syriac Orthodox church in Jordan’s capital Amman to pray, socialize and mull …

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Egyptians hold vigil for Baghdad church victims

CAIRO: Egyptian Copts and Muslims held a candlelight vigil Monday night in memory of the victims of the horrific Oct. 31 attack on a Catholic church in Baghdad that killed 58 people. Dozens gathered in front of the Iraqi embassy in the Egyptian capital, holding candles and signs reading: "No to Terrorism" and "We are …

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35 Iraqis hurt in Baghdad church attack arrive in France

PARIS: Thirty-four Iraqi Christians and a Muslim guard wounded in a deadly Al-Qaeda attack on a Baghdad church just over a week ago flew in to France late Monday for admission to hospitals for treatment. Bearing bullet and grenade wounds from the October 31 attack, they arrived at Orly airport outside Paris on a plane …

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Mubarak vows to protect Copts after Qaeda threat

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday condemned threats by the Al-Qaeda franchise in Iraq against Coptic Christians in Egypt and promised to protect them, the official MENA news agency reported. An Al-Qaeda group, claiming responsibility for a bloody hostage taking in a Baghdad church last week, threatened to target the region’s Christians if the Coptic …

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Muslim Brotherhood calls for protection of churches; Al-Azhar condemns Baghdad attack

CAIRO: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood urged the state to protect Christian places of worship after an Al-Qaeda group in Iraq, which claimed a deadly attack on a church in Baghdad, issued a threat against Egypt’s Coptic church. Al-Azhar also condemned the attacks in statement on Tuesday. "The Muslim Brotherhood is stressing to all, and primarily Muslims, …

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Pope Shenouda’s security tightened following Al-Qaeda threats

CAIRO: A source close to the papal headquarters in Saint Mark’s Cathedral said on Tuesday that Pope Shenouda’s security will be tightened as a result of the threat by an Al-Qaeda group that raided a Baghdad church on Sunday. Egyptian police also beefed up security measures for a Coptic festival being held in the ancient …

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Grieving Christians bury dead from Iraq church killings

BAGHDAD: Grieving and fearful mourners in Baghdad were Tuesday burying dozens of Christians, including two priests, killed during a hostage drama carried out by Al-Qaeda gunmen that ended in a bloodbath. Tearful women in black were among dozens of people who gathered outside the morgue of the Saint Raphael hospital to accompany the bodies of …

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Baghdad church siege ends with 47 dead

BAGHDAD: Iraqi security forces stormed a Baghdad church where militants had taken an entire congregation hostage for four hours, leaving at least 47 people dead, including a priest, Iraqi officials said Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the hostages died at the hands of the attackers or during the rescue late on Sunday night …

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Iraqi Christians mourn after church siege kills 52

  BAGHDAD: Iraq’s dwindling Christian community was grieving and afraid on Monday after militants seized a Baghdad church during evening Mass, held the congregation hostage and triggered a raid by Iraqi security forces. The attack left at least 52 people killed and 67 wounded — nearly everyone inside.   The attack, claimed by an Al-Qaeda-linked …

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