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Catholics must learn to survive in post-Christian world, US author Rod Dreher says

AMERICAN journalist and New York Times best-selling author Rod Dreher urged Brisbane Catholics to prepare for a future where Christian beliefs would become scarce.  Mr Dreher was in Brisbane to promote his popular book The Benedict Option: A Strategy For Christians in a Post-Christian Nation. In The Benedict Option, Mr Dreher calls on traditional Christians to learn from the example ... Read More »

Gaza is dangerous territory

ONE year after a war with Israel that turned daily life into a nightmare, a Catholic priest in Gaza said the situation in the besieged Palestinian territory had deteriorated further. “Compared with a year ago, we’re worse off. Although a truce stopped the war, the blockade of Gaza by Israel has grown more intense. This has direct consequences for the ... Read More »

Assyrian Christians released, but many concerned for those still held

Iraqi Christians

CHRISTIANS in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in north-eastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity. “I can confirm the release of 19 persons (17 men and two women) who were captured by the Islamic State in the Khabur region,” Fr Emanuel Youkhana, who ... Read More »

Elderly woman in tears praying Rosary and recalling escape from ISIS

Bishop Oscar Cantu

ONE of Iraq’s Christians chased out of her historic homeland quietly prayed the Rosary as a bishop who travelled halfway around the world to meet her and others displaced celebrated Mass for them. “It’s a journey of encountering God, the poor and the dispossessed,” Bishop Oscar Cantu, who is chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace of the ... Read More »

Christian refugees want to know ‘can we ever return?’

Refugee woman and child

RETURNING from a visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide”. “What we, the five patriarchs, saw in Ankawa, Irbil and other cities of Kurdistan, was something indescribable in terms of the violation of human rights and the threat of disappearing ... Read More »

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