Overtures made to Islamic State over Christian captives

Mar 2, 2015

Overtures made to Islamic State over Christian captives

Syrian Christian leaders and Sunni tribal sheikhs are reaching out to the Islamic State group to try to negotiate the release of more than 220 Christians who were kidnapped by the militants last week, activists said Sunday. Islamic State fighters swept through a string ...

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Dec 25, 2014

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Francis told refugees at the tent camp in Ankawa, a suburb of Irbil in ...

Thousands of  faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Dec 25, 2014

Thousands of faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas

Thousands of Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits in the area after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts. On a crisp, sunny day revelers crowded ...