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Caritas launches emergency plan to assist victims of Beirut explosion.

Caritas Internationalis launches an emergency plan to assist victims of Tuesday’s massive explosion at the port in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. Caritas Lebanon leapt into action almost immediately after a gigantic explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday evening. "The situation is critical and this is the first time that we have experienced a situation of such great magnitude. It

August 7th, 2020|

Jordan- King directs army to dispatch military field hospital to Lebanon.

AMMAN - Upon the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah, the Supreme Commander of the Jordan Armed Forces-Arab Army, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Maj. Gen. Yousef Hneiti instructed the Royal Medical Services and other relevant JAF departments to prepare a military field hospital to be dispatched to Lebanon. King Abdullah's directives come on the heels of the

August 7th, 2020|

After Beirut explosion, Lebanon turns to St. Charbel.

At least one massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut Tuesday afternoon, which ignited fires and destroyed buildings in the city’s port area, caused damage across the city, and has reportedly flooded hospitals with casualties. Some local news sources are reporting that at least 10 people are dead, and videos have emerged online showing cars overturned in city streets

August 6th, 2020|

Lebanese priest: “We need your prayers” after Beirut explosion.

Smoke rises from the site of an explosion in Beirut Aug. 4, 2020. A massive explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital, injuring many people and blowing out windows in buildings in the city's port region. (CNS photo/Mohamed Azakir, Reuters) Aug. 4, 2020 Catholic News Agency A Lebanese Catholic priest has asked believers around the world to pray for the people of

August 6th, 2020|

Pope Francis prays for victims of ‘tragic’ Beirut explosion as death toll climbs.

Vatican City, Aug 5, 2020 / 03:48 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis has asked for prayers for Lebanon and for the victims of yesterday's Beirut explosions, which have killed over a hundred people and caused serious destruction to the city. Speaking after his general audience address on Wednesday, the pope noted the “massive explosions” which occurred near the port in

August 6th, 2020|

Catholic charity concerned about the Christians leaving Iraq.

Aid to the Church in Need fears the 'disappearance' of Christians from the Nineveh Plains 36,000 Christians still live in the Nineveh Plain in Iraq but more than a third are trying to leave. (Photo by AMMAR SALIH/EPA)  Only 45% of the original Christian community has returned to the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq. There were 102,000 Christians living there

August 6th, 2020|

COVID-19: Palestinian tourism sector and economy can be salvaged only through official subsidies.

PALESTINE - With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of tourism activities suddenly dropped to zero. Now, five months later, all 32,000 Palestinians employed in this industry have become unemployed. The current difficulties and complications are exacerbated by the debts that the sector accumulated from large investments into the tourism sector during the past few years, especially in 2019.

August 4th, 2020|

Some Christians see Turkey’s Hagia Sophia move as attempt to expand Islam.

AMMAN, Jordan — Catholics and other Christians are upset by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conversion of Hagia Sophia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, into a functioning mosque where Muslim Friday prayers were recited recently. Many observers see the controversial move as part of Erdogan’s bigger attempt to reenact the Ottoman Empire expansionism in the Middle East by pushing his

August 4th, 2020|

Syrian government to build replica of Hagia Sophia.

CNA Staff, Jul 30, 2020 / 04:11 pm - The government of Syria plans to build a replica of Hagia Sophia, with support from Russia, as a protest against Turkey’s decision to turn the famous former Byzantine cathedral back into a mosque. Bishop Nicola Baalbaki, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Hama, has approved the construction of a new church built

August 4th, 2020|