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Focolare Movement in Jordan: The faith of persecuted Christians is moving

The nightmare thousands of Middle Eastern refugees face, is far from over. After triggering a wave of destruction in Syria and Iraq, Muslim extremists are now near the Turkish border. In the meantime, just a few miles away, hundreds continue to escape on a daily basis. 
 
FARAH
Syrian Refugee
"We walked over here and faced many challenges along the way. It was difficult for me to get here. We fled by foot. I swear, it was not our decision to leave. We walked for three days. With all the problems we're very tired.”
 
Pope Francis has called for peace in the region many times. He called a meeting with Cardinals to hear the testimonies of Middle Eastern patriarchs.
 
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Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies.

“Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, said Oct. 18.

“The government should not force ordained ministers to act contrary to their faith under threat of jail time and criminal fines,” he said. “The city cannot erase these fundamental freedoms and replace them with government coercion and intolerance.”

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Pope Francis explains why the Church is the Body of Christ

The Pope explained why the Church is the Body of Christ. He said it is not just a way of speaking because every Christian establishes a real and special link with God during baptism.
 
The Church is a "masterpiece” of the Holy Spirit, and God loves it as a husband loves his wife. As a result, he called on Christians to overcome any misgivings they might hold against others because within the Church, everyone belongs to the same Body.
 
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Pope Francis at General Audience: We must heal divisions among Christians

Pope Francis called upon Christians to promote unity with those who follow other religious traditions at today's General Audience. 
 
He assured that, although throughout history the Church has rejected those with different beliefs and has caused many divisions, we can heal those wounds through dialogue and prayer. 

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Vatican official says U.N. framework is best way to fight terrorism

The U.N.’s framework provides the “only viable way” of dealing with the global nature of modern terrorism “which knows no borders”, the Vatican’s secretary of state told the U.N. General Assembly on 29 September. 

“This reality requires a renewed United Nations that undertakes to foster and preserve peace,” said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, emphasising that recent terrorist activity is “criminal behaviour that is not envisaged by the juridical configuration of the United Nations charter”. 

He stressed that this policing role should be taken up by the U.N. Security Council since there is no “juridical norm which justifies unilateral policing actions beyond one’s own borders”. 

New forms of terrorism engage in military actions on a vast scale and are “not able to be contained by any one state”, the cardinal said in his address. 

He said terrorist activities in northern Iraq and in some parts of Syria are part of a “new phenomenon” threatening all states by “vowing to dissolve them and replace them with a pseudo-religious world government”.

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