Kerry says Islamic State is committing genocide against minorities

WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that atrocities carried out by the Islamic State group against Yezidis, Christians and other minorities were genocide, the first U.S. declaration of genocide since Sudanese actions in Darfur in 2004. Kerry said he was not judge and jury, but the Islamic State had self-defined itself…

Committee calls attacks on Christians, others in Middle East ‘genocide’

Catholic News Service The House Foreign Affairs Committee March 2 unanimously passed a bipartisan measure condemning as genocide the killing of Christians, Yezidis and other ethnic and religious minorities by Islamic State militants in the Middle East. The House body also passed a second measure unanimously calling for an international tribunal to hold the Syrian…

Help us ‘go back home,’ displaced Iraqi sister urges U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Speaking quietly and deliberately, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka from Iraq urged a congressional committee hearing May 13 to help the displaced Christian refugees in Iraq to “go back home.” “We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home,” Sister Diana, a Dominican…

Cardinal says education is key to Iraqi refugees’ recovery

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Educating children is the best way to help displaced Iraqi Christians recover from the traumatic experience of being chased from their homes by Islamic State militants, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, after an April 11-12 visit to Irbil. “Help is being given in a manner that does not remove…

Militants’ actions reinforce urgency of dialogue, religious leaders say

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Amid frequent reports of brutal killings and attacks by Islamic State militants, the director of an Islamic group in the United States strongly believes that people of faith must “collectively denounce” these actions of “stark evil” and “cruel barbarism.” “We have to be clear in our writings, websites, lectures and speeches” that…

Pope seeks prayers for Egyptians beheaded by Islamic State

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called for prayers for the Egyptian Christians beheaded by Islamic State militants in Libya and asked that God recognize these men killed for their faith. He offered morning Mass Feb. 17 in the chapel of his residence for the slain Christians he termed “our 21 brother Copts” whose throats…

Christians, Hindus must seek ‘culture of inclusion,’ Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite its many positive advancements, globalization also has brought about greater indifference, exploitation and suffering, said the leaders of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Christians and Hindus must work together urgently to help foster of “culture of inclusion for a just and peaceful society,” they said in a written message….

Jerusalem patriarch: Don’t punish all Gaza Palestinians because of Hamas

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. People might not agree with Hamas, which controls Gaza, but “we cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas,” he told Catholic News Service…

Respecting differences, celebrating similarities

Dialogue group helps St. Cloud Christians and Muslims connect on a human level Oct. 11, 2013, edition By Jennifer Janikula No matter where one lives or to whom one prays, most people want the same things — food on the table, a feeling of safety, opportunities for children, a welcoming community and happiness. The fundamentals of humanity emphasize sameness,…