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Caption: Lebanese religious leaders pray during a July 24 sit-in in Beirut to express solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mosul and against Israel's military action in Gaza. A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault by Islamist fighters on Syria's northeastern province of Hassake to take control of predominantly Christian and Kurdish area. (CNS/Reuters)
Lebanese religious leaders pray during a July 24 sit-in in Beirut to express solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mosul and against Israel's military action in Gaza. A prominent Syrian Christian political leader has warned of an impending assault by Islamist fighters on Syria's northeastern province of Hassake to take control of predominantly Christian and Kurdish area. (CNS/Reuters)
Patriarch decries 'mass cleansing' of Mosul by 'a bed of criminals'

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, in Washington to meet with federal government representatives and members of Congress, decried the "mass cleansing" of Christians from Mosul, Iraq, by what he called "a bed of criminals."

"We wonder how could those criminals, this bed of criminals, cross the border from Syria into Mosul and occupy the whole city of Mosul ... imposing on the population their Shariah (law) without any knowledge of the international community," Patriarch Younan said July 25, referring to Islamic State fighters, formerly known by the acronyms ISIS or ISIL.
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Caption: Pope Francis accepts a replica of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput looks on during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 26. Archbishop Chaput announced July 24 that the pope has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. (CNS file/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis accepts a replica of the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter as Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput looks on during the pope's general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 26. Archbishop Chaput announced July 24 that the pope has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. (CNS file/Paul Haring)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 11 (July 31, 2014):

-- The United States should do all it can to bring about an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, urges Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of the U.S. bishops.

-- Catholic leaders in the Holy Land call for an end to the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, while criticizing Israel's "collective punishment" of Palestinians.

-- Richard Jones, a Catholic Relief Services representative, outlines forces propelling the flight of youth and children from Central America and the programs CRS and other agencies have developed aimed at helping families remain intact in their home countries.

-- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Vatican ambassador to the U.S., exhorts Catholic educators to develop creative ways of countering the challenges secularism, materialism and relativism pose to youth today.

-- Archbishops William E. Lori of Baltimore and Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrating the opening and closing Masses of the U.S. bishops' conference's Fortnight for Freedom, highlight the many ways religious people and agencies serve the nation.


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