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Pope Urges More Action for Iraqi Refugees

Pope Benedict has called on the world community to do more for Iraqi refugees.

Benedict met with Iraqi Prime minister nouri al-maliki at his summer retreat in italy last week. the two discussed the plight of the 2 million refugees who have fled the country.

about half a million of them are living in neighboring jordan. world vision's tracey hunter says their situation is grave, but jordan's churches are stepping up to help.

"One mother told me the other day, 'We are now down to one meal a day," Hunter said. "They were self-sufficient, but their money has run out.

"The programs World Vision is supporting these churches in mostly focus on food handouts, some cash assistance with rent and clothing distribution blankets and they also are running some classes for adults with computers and some education for the children in math and English," she said.

About 80,000 Iraqi refugees living in Jordan are Christians.

The Pope also encouraged Maliki to protect the Christian community in Iraq from extremists. 

Graham Brings Message of Hope to N. Korea

Evangelist Franklin Graham is in North Korea this week to help that country through a food crisis.

Officials welcomed the son of Rev. Billy Graham, who also visited Pyongyang in the 1990s.

Franklin heads up the Christian relief ministry Samaritan's Purse. He has been invited by the Communist country to deliver food aid. Last summer, devastating floods led to widespread malnutrition.

Graham will also meet with top government officials and preach at a new Protestant church.

His late mother, Ruth Bell Graham, attended a mission school in Pyongyang back in the 1930s. The city boasted of hundreds of Christian churches before the Communist revolution that split the country between north and south.

READ MORE:
Graham, Others Bring Hope to N. Korea


Hamas Terrorist Converts to Christianity

A member of the terrorist group Hamas has converted to Christianity.

His name is Masab and he's the son of a vice president of Hamas.

He told the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz that he accepted an invitation to hear about Christianity and began studying the Bible.

He says Islam had no answers.

"I know that i'm endangering my life and am even liable to lose my father," he said.

"But I hope that he'll understand this and that God will give him and my family the patience and willingness to open their eyes to Jesus and to Christianity."

READ MORE:
Ha'aretz: Prodigal Son

Hamas VP's Son Becomes a Christian

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