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Cathy Otten

Cathy Otten is an author at Religion News Service.

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An eerie calm: Iraqi Christians anxiously ponder their future

By Cathy Otten — October 27, 2014
ALQOSH, Iraq (RNS) Around 70 percent of the town's residents have since returned. Still, a sense of unease hangs in the air and there's little work to be found.

With Mosul’s Christians gone, Islamic State troops take over 4th-century monastery

By Cathy Otten — July 24, 2014
ERBIL, Iraq (RNS) Faced with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or be killed, by Saturday (July 19), most of Mosul’s Christians had fled. The following day, militants descended on the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery on the outskirts of the city.
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