8.3
How the Iraq War Became a War on Christians

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church burned by ISIS

Andrew Doran writes about how the warnings of Pope John Paul II prior  to a US led invasion of Iraq went unheeded. The Holy Father predicted that the war in Iraq would lead to the persecution of Christians, and other religious minorities in the region. Read his essay in The American Conservative here: How the Iraq War Became a War on ChristiansDonate to help Iraq’s Christians here. 

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6.15
Colleges Ban Religious Groups

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Christian college students

Colleges are banning Christian student groups because they refuse to comply with campus non-discrimination policies, which would force them to allow non-believers and students of other faiths to lead Bible studies or prayer services. Read more from The New York Times here: Colleges Ban Religious Groups Who Disagree on Bias Policy. More pictures after the jump.

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6.3
Ugandan Martyrs’ Day

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Ugandan Martyrs Day

Today is the feast day of St. Charles Lwanga and companions, the Martyrs of Uganda. Millions of pilgrims come to the Ugandan Marytrs’ Shrine in Namugongo. Anna Keating was there. More after the jump:

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12.15
Catholic Bishops Oppose Proposed Ban on Muslim Refugees

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US Catholic Bishops

“We will advocate on behalf of . . . our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

The US Catholic Bishops have issued a statement, repudiating “the hatred and suspicion that leads to discrimination” after presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed banning all Muslims refugees from the US. More from NCR here: Catholic Bishops Oppose Proposed Ban on Muslim Refugees

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