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The Pope on Jerusalem: need to respect the Status quo and UN resolutions. Father Abdo: the risk of a new Intifada

Jerusalem - "My thoughts now go to Jerusalem, regarding which I cannot silence my deep concern about the situation that has developed over the last few days and, at the same time, make a heartfelt appeal for everyone to respect the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions". With these words, at the end

December 6th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pope Francis condemns “wanton brutality” of Egyptian mosque attack

EL-ARISH, Egypt - Pope Francis sent a message saying he is “profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on the Rawda mosque in North Sinai.” Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 235 people in the

December 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Saudis Target Lebanon, the Hope of Middle-Eastern Christians

In the context of of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation, Pope Francis and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai are trying to keep the peace for the Middle East’s best model for future stability. BEIRUT — Twenty years ago, when St. John Paul II arrived in Lebanon, he proclaimed the country’s important “historical mission” was to show the world how “different faiths

Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations meet with Christian Youth and Christian institutions in Gaza

GAZA – For their 2nd meeting since 2014, four members of the Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations (CCAO) met with the Christian Youth in Gaza on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The meeting was an occasion for the youth, aged 18- 35, to talk about their ambitions and needs as well as their daily struggles in the Strip. The four members of

New tests have confirmed the age of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem - Following the recent restoration of the Holy Sepulchre, archaeologists have confirmed the construction dates of the structure surrounding what is believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Having undergone renovations in 2016, the tomb was opened for first time in centuries last October. Archeologists were able to test samples of the mortar near the cave’s southern wall and the

December 2nd, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The “Arafat Prize” awarded to Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah

Ramallah - Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah delivered the "Arafat Prize" to Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem of the Latins, for the exceptional role he carried out in serving "the cause of Palestine and Jerusalem". The award ceremony was held on Friday, November 10, at the Ramallah Culture Palace.  The same honor was also given to Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the

Syria’s Antioch Church patriarch: US sanctions are hurting Christians too

His Beatitude John X, the Damascus-based leader of the Antiochian Orthodox Church, wrapped up his recent visit to the United States with a desperate appeal for American leadership to bring an end to the suffering in Syria, assist in locating the whereabouts of three kidnapped church leaders, and help secure the future of Christianity in the volatile region. “We thank the position

Time is due for an Assyrian regional government in Iraq

"The Assyrian homeland is in northern Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, where the ancient cities of Assur and Nineveh were built," writes the scholar, Hannibal Travis. "For 300 years, Assyrian kings ruled the largest empire the world had yet known. The Assyrian Church of the East records that the Apostle Thomas himself converted the Assyrians to Christianity within a generation after the

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Patriarch Rai invited to Riyadh. Apostolic Vicar Ballin: Perhaps it is the beginning of a new attitude towards other religions

Riyadh - Maronite Patriarch Boutros Bechara Rai will pay an official visit to Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks, at the invitation of the authorities of the Country. This was confirmed by both official sources of the Country and those of the Maronite Patriarchate. "The visit", says to Agenzia Fides Bishop Camillo Ballin MCCJ, Apostolic Vicar for Northern Arabia, "may

November 10th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Letter to Congress from 17 Christian denominations/orgs urging Israel Anti-Boycott Act be rejected

November 6, 2017 Dear Members of Congress, We write as U.S. Christian churches and organizations committed to justice and peace in the Middle East. This commitment stems from our connections to the Biblical and historical places of our faith; our continuing partnership and engagement with churches and other religious institutions there; and our theological understanding of peace with justice, which