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Pence rebukes U.N. efforts to help Christians, announces Middle East trip

WASHINGTON — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence criticized the United Nations' efforts to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East in a speech Oct. 25.

Since the organization "failed" to help Christians and other minority religious communities, he said, aid from the United States from now on would be routed through the U.S. Agency for International Development and "faith-based and private organizations" to help those who are persecuted in the region.

Aid workers see humanitarian crisis as Rohingya flee to Bangladesh

Exhausted Rohingya refugees rested on the shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, after crossing by boat through the Bay of Bengal Sept. 10.

OX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Bangladesh is bracing for a massive humanitarian crisis because of a lack of food, sanitation, medicines and even basic housing following the exodus of as many as 350,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, fleeing violence in which at least 1,000 were killed in just two weeks.

Global peace, security demand end to nuclear weapons, pope tells U.N.

VATICAN CITY — Threats to global peace and security must be countered through dialogue and development, not nuclear weapons, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

"How sustainable is a stability based on fear, when it actually increases fear and undermines relationships of trust between peoples," the pope asked in a letter sent to a U.N. meeting on nuclear arms.

People come first, human life is sacred, pope insists at U.N.

Pope Francis addressed the general assembly of the United Nations in New York Sept. 25.

UNITED NATIONS -- Dealing with war, development, the economy or environmental concerns, bureaucrats and diplomats always must remember that the lives of real children, women and men are at stake, Pope Francis told the United Nations.

Helping to celebrate the organization's 70th anniversary, Pope Francis visited its headquarters Sept. 25 and pleaded with government leaders and U.N. officials to keep the dignity and sacredness of every human life and the value of all creatures at the center of their concern.

Bishops call for wisdom, prudence in Syria response

United Nations chemical weapons experts, escorted by Free Syrian Army fighters, met with residents at one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Zamalka suburb of Damascus, Syria, Aug. 28. U.N. chemical weapons experts investigating apparent gas attacks that killed hundreds of civilians in rebel-held areas made a second trip across the front line to take samples.

WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. government and its allies consider options of potential military intervention, Catholic bishops in Syria weighed in with calls to cautious action.

Archbishop Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio to Syria, told Vatican Radio Aug. 25 that looking at the images of the alleged chemical attack, "I hear the cry of these children, these innocent victims."

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