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Jordan: Interreligious dialogue through the service of persons with disabilities

AMMAN – Established in 2004, Our Lady of Peace Center accompanies and cares for more than 200 people with disabilities, without cost, every year. On the initiative of the Bishop Salim Sayegh, then Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, the Center was founded on the conviction of interreligious dialogue in action: Muslims and Christians here live their Faith through concrete service

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U.N. officials, church leaders decry escalating situation in Syria

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, JORDAN — As Syria's war soon enters its eighth year, many decry the recent dangerous escalation in the conflict, whether in the country's north, between Turkey and the Kurds, or in the south, between Iran and Israel. Speaking from the sprawling Zaatari Refugee Camp housing 80,000 Syrians near Jordan's border with Syria, the head of the U.N. refugee

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Syria: Students Study Despite Threat of Violence

Students from Syria have described how they put their lives on the line to continue their studies in spite of the bombs and other violence that still beset the country. The young Christians told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need – which is providing them with scholarships – how their faith and determination were vital as they studied

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Improving life of Jordanians is my calling and daily mission — King Abdullah

AMMAN — “Every time I wake up in the morning is... can I make today a better day for my people,” His Majesty King Abdullah said in an interview with the Russian TASS News Agency that was released on Tuesday and will also be broadcast this week on Russia-24 Television. Speaking to Mikhail Gusman, King Abdullah added: “So the frustration

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For the Chaldean patriarch, without homes and jobs, a new Islamic State remains a danger in Iraq

Rome – The danger of an even scarier Islamic State hangs over Iraq’s future. If people "remain homeless and without jobs", this situation "will become fertile ground for new extremism;” this is why it is even more urgent "to support the work of reconstruction", this according to Mar Louis Raphael Sako, the primate of the Chaldean Church who is currently

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The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem say no to the taxation of ecclesiastical properties

Jerusalem - The intention declared by the municipality of Jerusalem to impose municipal taxes on Church properties "contradicts the historical position between Churches and civil authorities over the centuries". This was written by the Heads of Churches and Ecclesial Communities present in Jerusalem, in a statement released on Wednesday 14 February, in which they explained the reasons for their clear

Mosul, Iraq: ‘I Cannot Believe My Eyes When I See What ISIS Has Done to My Church’

LEMONS, GRAPEFRUITS, oranges and figs grow in abundance in the three gardens of Nadia Younis Butti’s house in Mosul, the house her parents built from scratch. She used to enjoy the lush trees and alluring fruits, sitting in her rocking chair near the flourishing, scented bushes. On July 17, 2014, however, Nadia had to leave Mosul, because ISIS had captured

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Nuncio in Damascus: With collapse in healthcare, Catholic hospitals a grace ‘open to all’

Damascus – Conflict in Syria has intensified once again in recent weeks "with bloody clashes in East Goutha " [about 400 victims according to some sources] and "mortar launches on some central districts of Damascus", causing several victims "including children ". Then there are "bitter clashes in Idlib", which cause "dead and wounded every day" in the central province of Hama "and"

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Iraqi patriarch: ‘Pope Francis told us he’s ready to go to Iraq’

These are the Chaldean bishops of Iraq and Syria who have suffered the effects of persecution, war and misery alongside their people. On Wednesday, February 7, they met in Rome with Pope Francis, who is very familiar with the situation of Middle Eastern Christians. Following the meeting, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church

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Despite Trump pledges, Syrian says US help for Christians ‘not yet visible’

ROME - A Franciscan priest and native Syrian currently serving in Aleppo said on Wednesday that while Christians in that tortured country are glad for offers of help from wherever they come, they have yet to see the effects of promised new aid from the U.S. government under President Donald Trump, and that in general he’s skeptical about Trump’s approach

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