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Pope Francis to Copts: Show mercy amid persecution

Religion | Catholic church leader brings message of hope and peace to Egypt
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/01/17, 11:02 am

Pope Francis encouraged Egypt’s Coptic Christians to remain hopeful during his weekend visit to the country which followed heightened attacks against Christians in the past month. The pope’s trip also included a call for more tolerance as he visited the country’s top Islamic institution and met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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Globe Trot: Held hostage by ISIS

International | Iraqi Christian captives speak of their long ordeals
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/28/17, 02:35 pm

IRAQ: Little has been known about hundreds of Iraqi Christians effectively held hostage for nearly three years by ISIS. Now they are being freed, and they tell stories of torture and threats of beheading and forced conversions to Islam. Under a recent Iraqi law, many face a new nightmare: Will they be considered apostates under the law once they “reconvert” to Christianity?

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Egypt court frees American aid worker

Egypt | Authorities arrested Aya Hijazi and seven others in 2014
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/17/17, 11:16 am

An Egyptian court Sunday acquitted Egyptian-American aid worker Aya Hijazi and six others on sexual abuse and child trafficking charges after they were detained for nearly three years. The case drew international attention to Egypt’s clampdown on dissenters.

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