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Latin Patriarchate students pray Rosary for peace, unity and healing of sickness.

RAMALLAH - Once again this year, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has called children around the world to pray the Rosary as part of its campaign “One Million Children Praying the Rosary”, to which Pope Francis has given his support. On Monday, October 19, 2020, Fr. Remon Haddad, director of Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate, invited all

October 22nd, 2020|

Pope signs an appeal for peace at the International Prayer Meeting for Peace in Rome.

Pope Francis and religious leaders of the major world religions gathered in Rome, on Tuesday 20 October 2020, for an international and interreligious Meeting for Peace organized by the Community of Saint Egidio. Present at the Meeting in Rome’s Capitoline Square were also political leaders who symbolically received a text of the 2020 Appeal for Peace. The 2020 Appeal for

October 22nd, 2020|

EGYPT – The number of legally recognized Christian churches rises to 1738.

Cairo  - The Egyptian government recently issued a new decree in which it recognizes the full compliance of another 45 churches and 55 adjoining buildings, with the provisions governing the construction of Christian places of worship. This increases the number of churches and ecclesiastical buildings that have been built without the necessary permits since the process of "legalizing" churches in

October 22nd, 2020|

Armenian Christians Are Especially Worried About War.

The current conflict with Azerbaijan is rekindling fears, a century after genocide.   This fall, violence broke out again between Armenia and Azerbaijan over a contested region in Azerbaijan known as Nagorno-Karabakh. Home of 170,000 people, the majority of its inhabitants are ethnic Armenian and the area itself has been governed by ethnic Armenians since 1994. The countries’ close allegiances

October 22nd, 2020|

Iraqi Archbishop Warns of COVID Challenges for IDPs.

Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  Archbishop Bishar Warda has stated that in Erbil, there are currently 2,000 Christian families affected by COVID, with 23 individuals having died since March. Maryamana Hospital in Ankawa, a Christian neighborhood in Erbil, is used to coordinate COVID treatment but does not have any infected patients, who are mostly treated at home in order to

October 22nd, 2020|

Beirut’s Catholic Schools: ‘The Blast Struck Our History’.

Damage to Immaculate Conception School — which this year marked its 125th anniversary — is estimated at $1.4 million. BEIRUT — The two nuns had just finished praying together in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception School.  From the hallway window, Sister Marlene Youssef, the school’s director, could see smoke rising in the distance. It was 6pm. She took the

October 22nd, 2020|

EGYPT – Churches present their proposal concerning the bill on the family to the Egyptian government.

Cairo  - The representatives in charge of the Churches and ecclesial communities present in Egypt have presented to the Egyptian political authorities a unitary proposal concerning the bill on personal status and family law, which has been under consideration by legislators for some time. The joint proposal - reported Youssef Talaat, legal adviser of the Egyptian evangelical community - collects

October 22nd, 2020|

Amid Pandemic, Bishop of Arabia Appeals to Rediscover Life Awaiting Us, for We Are ‘In the World, Not of the World’.

As the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, the Apostolic Vicar of Souther Arabia, has offered his people meaningful and comforting reminders: we are “in the world, not of the world”; we never fall out of the Lord’s protective hands; with Jesus, we are never shipwrecked. Bishop Paul Hinder, OFM Cap, the Apostolic Vicar, expressed this to all faithful in the

October 22nd, 2020|

Cardinal tells diplomats: 11 million Syrians need humanitarian aid.

Vatican City - The apostolic nuncio to Syria met with diplomats accredited to the Vatican Thursday to inform them that an estimated 11 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Cardinal Mario Zenari, apostolic nuncio to Syria since 2008, said that, after nearly 10 years of war, the Syrian people had now been hit with a “poverty bomb” amid the

October 22nd, 2020|