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Young girl kidnapped by ISIS liberated and returned to her family

DENVER — Six-year-old Christina Khodor Abada, taken in Iraq by ISIS from her mother’s arms at the age of 3, has been extracted from captivity and returned to her parents in Erbil, Iraq as of this morning, Friday, June 9.

Fr. Andre Mahanna founder of Denver-based Apostolate of Our Lady of Hope / St Rafka’s Mission of Hope and Mercy, an international non-profit that gives direct aid to victims of the ISIS genocide of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, has been Christina’s advocate in the United States and recently spoke to President Donald J. Trump about her case.

Details of the rescue have yet to be released, but pictures and video from her home show family members and the community tearfully celebrating her return. Read More

Archbishop of Washington: Nearly One Christian Killed Every Hour for Practicing Faith

By EDWIN MORA

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly one Christian is killed every hour around the world for practicing their faith, said the Archbishop of the U.S. capital.

Cardinal Donald Wuerl made those comments on Thursday while delivering the keynote address during the one-day symposium at the National Press Club focused on Christian prosecution.

The event featured the release of a report by the University of Notre Dame’s Under Caesar’s Sword project titled, “In Response to Persecution.”

Christian persecution is a worldwide phenomenon, noted the Washington archbishop. Read more…

IDC AND PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS LAUNCH “#WEAREN2016” CONFERENCE AT THE UNITED NATIONS

CitizensGo and Mas Libres and co-sponsor In Defense of Christians (IDC) launched on April 28, 2016 the three-day “#WeAreN2016” conference at the United Nations (UN), featuring both human rights experts and victims genocide and atrocities and expulsion suffered by Christians and other religious minorities in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and other countries. The program started with…

IDC Prays for the Victims of Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Belgium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2016 Tel: (202) 624-7898 Email: press@indefenseofchristians.org IDC Prays for the Victims of Today’s Terrorist Attacks in Belgium Washington, D.C.- In Defense of Christians Executive Director Kirsten Evans made the following statement: “In Defense of Christians mourns with the global community over the needless loss and destruction of human life this…

IDC Congratulates the House on Designating ISIS Violence Against Christians, Other Minorities as Genocide

IDC Congratulates the House on Designating ISIS Violence Against Christians, Other Minorities as Genocide. Implores the State Department and the White House to Follow Suit Washington, D.C.- Today, March 14, 2016, the United States House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly (unanimously) in support of House Con. Resolution 75, which names and decries ISIS violence against Christians,…

IDC Releasing Extensive Evidence of ISIS Genocide Against Christians for State Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2016 Tel: (202) 624 7898 Email: press@indefenseofchristians.org IDC RELEASES EXTENSIVE EVIDENCE OF ISIS GENOCIDE AGAINST CHRISTIANS AND URGES THE ADMINISTRATION TO JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY IN CONDEMNING IT (Washington, D.C.) On March 10, 2016, IDC President Toufic Baaklini made the following statement: “This morning In Defense of Christians and the…

IDC and Knights of Columbus Release Historic Report Showing Irrefutable Evidence of Genocide Against Christians by ISIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2016 Tel: (202) 624 7898 Email: press@indefenseofchristians.org IDC and Knights of Columbus Release Historic Report Showing Irrefutable Evidence of Genocide Against Christians by ISIS Washington, D.C.–In Defense of Christians (IDC) and the Knights of Columbus released an extensive report this morning chronicling the genocide of Christians in territories controlled by…

Today’s Common Declaration

February 12, 2016, Friday — Today’s Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill in Cuba The Middle East — “We call upon the international community to act urgently in order to prevent the further expulsion of Christians from the Middle East.”—Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill, Common statement, issued today in Cuba, just a few…