WorldWatch: Updates on the Global Church

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Iraq's Christians Still Facing Violence

There's growing concern this week about attacks on Christians in northern Iraq.

Already, seven Christians have been gunned down in Mosul this month.

Christian leaders there call it a "campaign of killings and deportations" against the faithful.

"The idea is to force the Christians out. The Christians are an inconvenient minority in Iraq," Father Keith Roderick of Christian Solidarity International said. "They've been forced from their homes and once they are displaced, it's almost impossible for them to return."

Some Iraqi Christians have banded together to defend their families by policing their neighborhoods.

But Christian Solidarity International says Christians are still far outnumbered.

Yom Kippur Celebrated by Jews, Christians

Jews around the world this week celebrated Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

It is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.

In Israel, television and radio broadcasts were forbidden, businesses and airports were closed and there was no public transportation.

Yom Kippur is the height of the 10 Days of Awe that began with Rosh Hashanah.

The day is marked by repentance and confession as Jews reflect on sins of the past year.

READ MORE: Jews, Christians Celebrate Yom Kippur

Christians Fast, Pray on Capitol Hill

In the U.S. this week, Christians are praying and fasting on Capitol Hill.

Leaders say they're humbly calling upon God in a time when our country needs it the most.

With the upcoming presidential election and the recent financial problems, the believers are asking for God's mercy and divine direction.

The non-partisan prayer group also placed a 16-foot-tall cross on the west lawn of the Capitol building.

READ MORE: Christians Gather on Capitol Hill to Fast, Pray

California's Christians Bring Prayer to Gay Marriage Fight

In California, Christians are fasting and praying until Election Day for the passage of Proposition 8.

It's a referendum that would legally define marriage in the state as a relationship between a man and a woman.

The proposition comes several months after the California Supreme Court legalized homosexual marriage.

Earlier this month, more than 4,000 young people rallied to support Proposition 8 at San Diego's Rock Church.

Groups on both sides of the issue are expected to spend a combined $30 million dollars to win the support of California voters.

READ MORE: Churches Fight CA Gay Law With Prayer

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