Vatican: International community must stop unjust aggressor in Iraq.

A humanitarian crisis is under way in Iraq with thousands of civilians fleeing from their homes with nothing, because of the attacks against religious minorities by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have taken control of great areas in the north. According to the UN over the last 48 hours 200,000 civilians have fled the advance of ISIL.

A detailed report into the attacks targeting Coptic Christian communities in August reveals the extent of the failure of the security services to protect the minority group, said Amnesty International.

  Egypt: Sectarian Attacks Amid Political Crisis | Human Rights Watch. Summary: (New York) – Egyptian Christians have been targeted in several attacks since the military’s ouster of former President Mohamed Morsy. The authorities should urgently investigate the attacks, hold the perpetrators to account, and determine whether the police could have prevented or stopped the violence. […]

Two Syrian bishops were kidnapped on Monday by armed rebels in the northern province of Aleppo, according several sources. The Syriac Orthodox and Greek Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi, were seized in the village of Kfar Dael, on the road to Aleppo from the rebel-held Bab al Hawa crossing with Turkey […]

I have been surprised by the silence of the big media during the Pope’s travel to the Holy Land. The information was there, but buried by mountains of other things. But the things the Pope was saying where first page. The travel was historic. He talk against the Holocaust, he said in a refugee camp […]

Benedict XVI is from yesterday in Jordan and will go to Israel and the Palestinian territories, “as a pilgrim”, he said, to visit the places where Jesus lived and talked, and the places where have been scenery of “some of the key events of Biblical story”, now placed in Jordan, like the mont Nebo from […]