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Islamic State's goal is genocide of Christians, relief agency's director warns


CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

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5/8/2015

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ABSTRACTIslamic State's goal is genocide of Christians, relief agency's director warns : News Headlines - Catholic Culture Subscribe Log in CatholicCulture Advanced Search News Commentary Liturgical Year Resource Center About Donate eBooks Latest Headlines Most Important Most Popular This Week This Month Archives About CWN On the Culture On the News In Depth Analysis The City Gates Insights Reviews On the Good Most Popular Archives Today Blog May Calendar May Overview Easter Overview Prayers Activities Recipes Library Website Reviews What You Need to Know Catholic Dictionary Catechism Church Fathers Most Collection Mission Leadership History Donor Information Boosters Rogues' Gallery Help/FAQ Advertise Contact We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $16,498 to go. Your gift will be doubled! Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org Islamic State's goal is genocide of Christians, relief agency's director warns Catholic World News - May 08, 2015 The Islamic State is waging “an uncompromising war for a religious and territorial cleansing of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East,” the American director of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) said in a May 7 address to a Hudson Institute conference in New York. Sarkis Boghjalian said that the Islamic State’s actions and ambitions can be classified as genocidal. “Today there are no Christians left in ISIS-held territories,” he pointed out. Although world leaders have condemned ISIS atrocities, Boghjalian said, “there has been no effective action to put a stop to the violation of the fundamental human right of religious freedom; and to ensure that Christians and other minorities are given protection and safe haven.” The ACN director observed that the Christian presence is endangered throughout the Middle East. In Iraq, the Christian population has dropped from over 1 million to about 300,000 in the past 12 years. In Syria, too, Christians make up a disproportionate number of the 3.5 million refugees who have fled the country. “For the Christians in the Middle East, fear and a sense of abandonment is among the greatest crosses they have to bear,” Boghjalian said, calling for effective action by the Western world to protect the Christian presence. Additional sources for this story Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window. The Islamic State’s R.......