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Baltimore agencies bring aid to religious minorities in Middle East, as genocide is declared

Baltimore agencies bring aid to religious minorities in Middle East, as genocide is declared

Archbishop William E. Lori, the leader of the Baltimore archdiocese's half-million Catholics, has counseled other leaders he's hosted in recent years from churches in Iraq and Syria, where Christians face the kind of persecution they haven't seen since the Ottoman Empire killed hundreds of thousands a century ago.

They've told him about members of their flock who were beheaded. They've told him of others who were kidnapped and haven't been seen since. Even as one Syrian Catholic bishop sat with Lori in the archbishop's home, news arrived that militants were bombing his cathedral in the city of Aleppo.

"The persecution of Christians and others is a source of great...

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