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Christians, Muslims join for Christmas Mass in liberated Mosul

Chaldean Christians in Mosul, Iraq, attended Christmas Mass at St. Paul Cathedral Dec. 24. Christians and Muslims attended the Mass in a show of unity just months after the city was liberated from the Islamic State militants.

MOSUL, Iraq — Cries of joy and seasonal hymns once again filled St. Paul Cathedral in Mosul as Christmas Mass was celebrated there for the first time in three and a half years, following the northern Iraqi city's liberation from Islamic State militants.

The Iraqi national anthem opened the Mass as women wailed with emotion. Armored police outside protected the worshippers.

Led by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Christians and Muslims attended the Christmas Mass Dec. 24 in a display of unity.

Pope urges Christians to think about what they say in the Our Father

VATICAN CITY — To pray the Lord's Prayer and believe what one is reciting takes real courage, Pope Francis said.

One must be bold "to truly believe that God is the father who accompanies me, forgives me, gives me bread, is attentive to everything I ask," Pope Francis said in a filmed conversation about the Our Father.

The Italian bishops' television station, TV2000, was to begin airing a nine-part series Oct. 25 featuring Pope Francis' conversation with Father Marco Pozza, an Italian prison chaplain and theologian. A long trailer for the program was released Oct. 18.

POPE’S MESSAGE | True Christians must remain hopeful, not ‘whiny and angry’

Pope Francis greeted a member of the Little Sisters of Jesus Oct. 2 at an audience with representatives of the congregation at the Vatican. The congregation ministers to circus and carnival workers and communities of poor people.

VATICAN CITY — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus' death and resurrection, not just with one's words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

Christians are called to be witnesses of the resurrection through "their way of welcoming, smiling and loving" instead of just "repeating memorized lines," the pope said Oct. 4 at his weekly general audience.

GUEST VIEWPOINT | ‘They will know we are Christians by our love’

My daughter posted these questions on an online chat thread one morning: "Would someone care to enlighten me on how we got to this place? This place being almost daily acts of terror or terrorism around the world. How did we, as a planet, fall to immediate violence as an answer to something as simple as being fired. I simply do not understand."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Christians fight evil with love, sacrifice, never with violence

Pope Francis greeted the crowd as he left his general audience June 28 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. In his weekly catechesis, the pope continued his series on Christian hope by focusing on what gives Christians strength and perseverance.

VATICAN CITY — Christians are called to detach themselves from power, reject violence and sacrifice themselves for God and others out of love, Pope Francis said.

Christians must live the way Christ chose to: not as "persecutors, but persecuted; not arrogant, but meek; not as snake-oil salesmen, but subservient to the truth; not impostors, but honest," he said June 28 at his weekly general audience.

House OKs bill to aid genocide victims; Senate urged to act quickly on it

Men walked in rubble near St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Elias Orthodox Church last year after a bombing in Damascus, Syria. The United States passed a bill to aid victims of genocide, especially Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON — The co-authors of a House bill that will provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other religious groups suffering at the hands of Islamic State militants praised the House passage of the measure June 6 and urged the Senate to quickly act on it.

The House unanimously approved the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, or H.R. 390, in a voice vote.

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