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The theme of the conference is “Together in Faith for the Common Good.” Conflicts are occurring all over the world and our Arab Christian brothers and sisters have been particularly affected in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, and Palestine.

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Bishop Shomali: “As the War in Gaza is Declared Finished, We Encourage You to Visit this Beloved and Holy Land” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 August 2014 04:55
HOLY LAND- August 28, 2014. As a ceasefire agreement was reached on August 26 between Israel and Hamas, Bishop Shomali, latin Patriarchal vicar in Jerusalem, lauds the end of hostilities and invites people from all over the world to resume pilgrimages to the Holy Land.
 
“We are very pleased to announce that the recent grave war in Gaza is declared finished.
It is, once again, safe to resume pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and we encourage you to visit this beloved and beleaguered land. Even during the height of the war, there were several courageous pilgrims who traveled from afar to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
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Canadian Bishops Make Appeal for Compassion, Justice in Mideast PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 13:41
"Not only is the future at risk for the people of these regions, but international security itself is in peril"
 
TORONTO -The Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, meeting on August 25, 2014, in Quebec City, issues the following appeal: 
 
In the name of the Father of life, and of the Crucified Christ, and of the Spirit of love, we make this appeal for mercy, compassion and justice. 
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King of Bahrain Offers to Help 200 Christian Families from Mosul PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:29
The King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, has said he is willing to help 200 Christian families forced from the homes in Mosul, according to a senior Church official in the region.
 
Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) said in a recent interview with Vatican Radio that the monarch was not only willing to assist the families but also receive them in Bahrain.
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Syrian Bishop Calls for International Peace Force for Syria PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 06:33
An international peace force is needed to hold back the onslaught of so-called Islamic State militants who continue to make gains in Syria and Iraq – that, according to Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Syria, Antoine Audo.
 
In an interview with Vatican Radio’s Italian Service, Bishop Audo says, “We are a bit confused; no one knows exactly what is happening.  As Christians, as Syrians, we hope to have a solution of reconciliation, of peace, with the help of the United Nations.  An international peace force is needed.  The situation in Aleppo is rather difficult, with problems of electricity, water;  there is no security.  No one knows when the bombs will drop.  And, despite everything, as Christians, we try to be lively, active, to go about business.  For example, this week we will have several days of reflections with all the people who work with us at Caritas.  We try to survive, to be active… we cannot do other things.”
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Custos of the Holy Land: 'To Be a Christian, We Must Pass by the Cross' PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 02:49
Father Pizzaballa Says All Religious Communities "Must Denounce" What's Happening in Iraq and Syria
By Deborah Castellano Lubov
 
RIMINI - As violence in the Middle East escalates daily, the Custos of the Holy Land has said that rather than further discuss the problems, it's important to look at what must be done, how people can co-exist, and raise voices against the violence.
Speaking at Communion and Liberation's annual 'Meeting' in Rimini, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa declared: "All religious communities have to denounce what’s happening in Iraq and Syria.”
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Parolin: “The Events in Iraq are not a Clash Between Islam and Christianity” PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2014 07:17
The Secretary of State says that “the majority of Muslims refuse those brutal and inhuman methods. Let us hope that the Islamic world speaks up against them. The international community should be present in the country. The Church has not been silent”
 
The events in Iraq “are not a clash between Islam and Christianity”, says Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who answered some questions on the international crisis for Vatican Insider last night, after celebrating Mass for the 100th anniversary of the death of Saint Pius X. Less than a week ago, during the press conference on the flight back from Korea, Pope Francis explained that it is legitimate to “stop the unjust aggressor”, specifying, however, that “to stop” does not mean “to bomb”, and that the decision about how to intervene must be taken by the international community through the United Nations, rather than by a single country.
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