Aid to the Church in Need reports that IS murdered a number of Assyrian Christians it abducted. A local abbot said the number still being held totals 350.
The Vatican's spokesman tried to smooth over the Pope's private use of the phrase 'avoid Mexicanization' after protest by
the Mexican foreign minister.
IS has abducted 90 Assyrian Christian men, women, and children from villages in a strategic northeast province, human rights activists report.
The grand mufti of Egypt strongly condemned the murder of 21 Coptic Christians by IS militants, stating that 'the assassins deserve Allah’s curse.'
The 10th-century Armenian mystic, poet, and monk St. Gregory of Narek has been named a Doctor of the Universal Church.
A report issued by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops has found that 30% of tested tetanus vaccine samples, sponsored by WHO and UNICEF,
included a sterility-inducing antigen.
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