VATICAN CITY (RNS) The envoy is expected to deliver a personal message of solidarity and support from the pope as well as financial aid to those affected by the wave of violence.
(RNS) Thousands of Yazidis, followers of an ancient religion, have been killed or captured or fled to a remote mountain without food, water or shelter.
BAGHDAD -- The Islamic State "behaved very nice at the beginning of the takeover of Mosul, but they start to uncover their ugly faces. They blew up three prophets' graves, which opened my eyes," said shopkeeper Omer Othman
(RNS) It's the symbol for "Nazarene," or Christian, used by Islamists in Iraq to brand Christian properties as part of their effort to drive out an ancient Christian community.
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.
LONDON (RNS) Leaders of the Shiite community in the United Kingdom, about 5 percent of the total Muslim community, are doing all they can to tone down tension with Sunnis.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The report doesn't trace violence only. It also tracks "apostates repented," a reference to winning over fellow Sunnis in areas that the group has seized.
(RNS) Confused about the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, whose conflict has accelerated in Iraq again? Here's a primer so you can sound smart at the water cooler.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “If history has any lesson to teach us about silence, it’s not a good one,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said.
(RNS) Most people assume that because Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar is an Iraqi refugee, he is Muslim. This is not the case. Al-Mutar is a secular humanist, and an outspoken one at that.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Baroness Sayeeda Warsi said protecting the religious freedom of minorities is a responsibility of all faiths. "It shouldn't just be for Christians to speak for Christians, and Jews to speak for Jews, and Muslims to speak for Muslims."
Author and activists urges Christians to love their neighbors by practicing hospitality.
(RNS) Widely admired ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain regularly wrote and lectured on ethics, politics and religion but was routinely criticized by other theologians for her position on Iraq.
(RNS) At least 10 military chaplains died in the line of duty in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
ORLANDO (RNS) Nothing short of the real thing prepares someone for serving under fire, veterans say, but a computer simulation company here has won a $100,000 development contract to develop a program designed to help prospective military chaplains.