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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

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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

Withdrawal of the Kurdish Peshmerga militia from the Christian villages of the Nineveh Plain

Telkaif - The Kurdish Peshmerga militia is preparing to withdraw from the areas of Nineveh Plain still under their control, according to an agreement that in the next few hours will see Iraqi troops in the same areas. The news, relaunched by various Iraqi and Kurdish political sources, seems to wipe out the fears of seeing the Christian villages of

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Rebuilding a 12th-century monastery destroyed by ISIS

With the help of the French NGO "Fraternité en Irak" (Brotherhood with Iraq), Father Jacob Youssef Hasso Isso is working on the reconstruction of Mar Behnam which ISIS attempted to blow up. It is an important place for Christians in the area and is also a Muslim pilgrimage site. “I always celebrate Mass, even if there’s no one here”, says

Iraqi Assyrian Children Plead With U.S. President to Save Them

As the deadline looms for the State Department and USAID to provide portions of more than $1 billion in aid to the religious minorities targeted for genocide by ISIS in Iraq, the children of Christian and Yazidi refugees are pleading directly to President Trump to take action. A series of photos provided exclusively to Fox News show the young refugees

Iraqi Church leaders pray for peace after Kurdish referendum

Erbil, Iraq - Church leaders have expressed anxiety over a Kurdish vote for independence in a recent referendum, saying Kurdistan’s decision to split from Iraq could prompt more conflict and uncertainty in a region that has already faced immeasurable suffering in recent years. Despite signs of hope in Iraq, “there is still much of uncertainty and danger that threatens the region,”

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Mr. Sami El-Yousef; first lay person to assume position of Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate

INTERVIEW – On June 14, 2017, H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa appointed Mr. Sami El-Yousef as the first lay person to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate. During an interview, Mr. Sami reflected on this new change and the work to be implemented in the future. On September 1, 2017, you became the first lay person

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