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Caption: A girl walks past the site of a bomb attack at a market in Baghdad's Sadr City. The future of Christians in Iraq is uncertain because of recent violence against them, say church leaders. (CNS/Reuters)
A girl walks past the site of a bomb attack at a market in Baghdad's Sadr City. The future of Christians in Iraq is uncertain because of recent violence against them, say church leaders. (CNS/Reuters)
Expulsion of Christians a 'crime against humanity,' Mosul bishop says

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is "a crime against humanity," said an archbishop from Mosul.

Chaldean Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona said the Islamic State, which took control of Iraq's second-largest city in early June, is carrying out "religious cleansing."
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A woman holds onto her children during a special Mass in Los Angeles July 20 honoring immigrants. The Mass was celebrated to focus attention on the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands unaccompanied migrant children surging across the U.S.-Mexico border. (CNS/Victor Aleman, Vida-Nueva.com)
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-- The Synod of Bishops general secretariat publishes the working paper for the October 2014 synod on the family. Titled "The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization," the 24,600-word text paper summarizes responses the secretariat received from around the world to a series of questions on marriage and family life.


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