When a sign of faith becomes the sign of death
This symbol, the Arabic letter for 'N', the first letter in the word 'Nazarat', has been painted on the houses of Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Mosul's Christians were told they had 24 hours to leave their city or convert to Islam. If they did not, they were told, they would be executed. Our Christian and Shia brothers and sisters need our prayers. Now.
Pope Francis urgently called for prayers, dialogue and peace as the last Iraqi Christians in Mosul fled the city. "Violence isn't overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace," he said before leading thousands of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square in a moment of silent prayer on Sunday, 20 July.
"Our brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are chased away," he said, as he assured Christians in all of Iraq and the Middle East of his "constant prayers".
‘Curb adventurist stance on euthanasia’
Dr Philip Nitschke’s involvement in the suicide of a physically healthy man last month might be seen as a bridge too far by media and other euthanasia advocates, but the director of Sydney’s Life, Marriage and Family Centre says the episode provides a vision of where the debate will go.
LATEST WORLD NEWS
THE CATHOLIC SUN (USA)
The Catholic Sun is the official newspaper and news site for the Diocese of Phoenix, USA. They share in the mission of evangelizing the Catholic faithful by providing news, information, education, a forum for discussion and guidance in matters of faith, morals and spiritual life.
Go to the site
What is Catholic News Service?
Catholic News Service (CNS),
the oldest and largest religious news service in the world, is a leading source of news for Catholic print and electronic media across the globe. With bureaus
in Washington and Rome, as well as a global correspondent network, CNS since 1920 has set the standard in Catholic journalism.