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Fresh Conflict Threatens New Exodus of Christians from Syria.

Bishop Slams Western Powers as Violence Spirals Warnings that the fresh violence in north-east Syria could unleash a renewed – and potentially fatal – exodus of Christians from the region have come from a bishop who has accused the US and the international community of inflicting huge damage on the country. Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo said he feared a massive

October 14th, 2019|

WCC condemns violence in Syria.

As Turkey pursues its military operation in north-east Syria, the World Council of Churches (WCC) is gravely concerned about the humanitarian impact on the people of the region. It is reported that tens of thousands of civilians are fleeing from the first waves of the Turkish attack, and that hundreds of thousands of people are now directly in harm’s way.

October 14th, 2019|

Caritas on Syria: An endless humanitarian tragedy.

Caritas Italiana condemns Turkey's attacks on Kurdish-held parts of northeast Syria, and says the military offensive will only increase the untold human suffering of the country's people. “Yet another violation of international law” reads the opening of the Caritas statement entitled “Syria: an endless humanitarian tragedy”. This time, it says, it is the northeast of the country that is under

October 14th, 2019|

The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land in Jerusalem.

On October 8 and 9, the Christian Information Center in Jerusalem welcomed the members of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries for this semester's meeting, which aimed to reflect on important issues of the Church in the Holy Land. Fr PIETRO FELET, scj Secretary-General AOCTS "What is an Assembly of Bishops? Or rather, of the Catholic Bishops established in the Eastern

October 14th, 2019|

Icon blessed by pope brings hope to streets of Syria.

This icon is making its way through every diocese in Syria to return hope to Catholic and Orthodox communities.   Blessed by Pope Francis, it was originally created by this Orthodox priest.  SPIRIDON KABBASH Icon's painter We call this Icon "Our Lady of Syria of Sorrows," consoling the Syrian people. I chose to give it to Pope Francis and he invited

October 11th, 2019|

Syrian Christians face new threat from Turkey, human rights group warns.

Damascus, Syria, Oct 8, 2019- Endangered Christian populations in the Middle East face renewed risks as the United States removes troops from Syria, a leading human rights group has warned. On Oct. 6, the White House announced that Turkish forces would move in to northern Syria and that the United States would not have any military forces in the region.

October 11th, 2019|

Mgr Pizzaballa: contemplating the Word of God, the origin of the mission.

Yesterday the apostolic administrator celebrated the opening of the academic year at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. The institute "made history" through "its discoveries". In looking at books, we find "the first response to the cry of the world". Jerusalem  – Pope Francis "established a Sunday dedicated to the Word of God", a way to "remind ourselves that the life of

October 11th, 2019|

JORDAN – 150 years of “mission” of Catholic schools in Jordan.

Amman  - Catholic schools in Jordan celebrate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of their adventure in the lands now governed by the Hashemite Kingdom and reaffirm their cultural and spiritual mission at the service of the local population, largely Muslim, carried out also thanks to the contribution of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. At the ceremony

October 11th, 2019|

Churches strike deal to restore Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Leaders of Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian churches announce project to restore foundation and flooring of holy site, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, entombed and resurrected. The three churches in charge of Jerusalem's holiest Christian site say they have reached an agreement to begin a multi-million dollar renovation of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Leaders of the

October 11th, 2019|