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Syrian people hit by ‘poverty bomb’.

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 coronavirus pandemic. Cardinal Zenari explained that “many Syrians have lost hope,” while lamenting that Syria seemed to have disappeared off the “media radar”. A statement from the Holy See press

October 22nd, 2020|

ACN commits $6M for the reconstruction of Beirut.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (ACN) is increasing its aid program for the Christians affected by the Aug. 4 massive explosion in Beirut with a total of $6M. The aid mainly targets the repair and reconstruction of Church-related buildings within the immediate vicinity of the explosion. Among the projects that the organization has agreed to support is the repair

October 22nd, 2020|

In Lebanon, “a living witness to Christ on earth”.

Altogether, Aid to the Church in Need is helping more than 5,800 families. At the center, the Daughters of Charity have undertaken to distribute this aid to 350 families. There are many people milling around the small entrance to the Mother and Child Protection Center in Karm Al Zeitoun, a suburb of Beirut, the Lebanese capital. It is one of

October 16th, 2020|

Germany contributes additional funding to support thousands of vulnerable refugee families in Iraq.

IRAQ – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Iraq, welcomes the additional voluntary contribution of 13.36 million euros by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to provide vital humanitarian assistance and protection to vulnerable Syrian refugee families in Iraq. This latest funding brings Germany’s total contribution for displaced populations in Iraq to 21.4 million euros for 2020.  The

October 15th, 2020|

Iraq’s sublime oriental Christian manuscripts safeguarded.

Press reports have indicated that Iraqi Chaldean Archbishop Najib Mikhael Moussa of Mosul has been nominated for the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which is awarded annually "to honor exceptional individuals and organizations defending human rights and fundamental freedoms." He is nominated for the prize owing to his tireless efforts designed to save hundreds of ancient manuscripts from

October 15th, 2020|

Syriac Catholic Patriarch offers free tuition, rent assistance after Beirut blast.

On August 4, a fire in the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon spread to a warehouse containing some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate. The substance, which had been stored without the proper safety precautions, ignited in a massive explosion, sending a powerful shockwave through the city which blew out windows, knocked down buildings and killed at least 190 people while

October 15th, 2020|

For Coptic Church, changes, questions after priest ouster.

Sally Zakhari said that for 17 years, she told priests and leaders in the Coptic Orthodox Church how a Coptic priest sexually abused her at her Florida home during what was supposed to be her first confession. Still, she watched the priest — Reweis Aziz Khalil — continue serving at Coptic churches. “I’ve already gone to the church,” she said.

October 15th, 2020|

EGYPT – Reaffirmation of the equidistance of the Coptic Orthodox Church from the candidates and lists running in the political elections

Cairo - The Coptic Orthodox Church expresses its esteem and encouragement to all those who present themselves as candidates in the next parliamentary elections but, at the same time, maintains its equidistance and avoids supporting lists or candidates to the detriment of others, or participate in demonstrations and propaganda campaigns. This was reaffirmed by Anba Makarios, Coptic Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop

October 15th, 2020|

Pandemic leaves streets empty, shops shuttered in Jerusalem’s Old City.

JERUSALEM — During all the years he has worked as an assistant to the Franciscan Fathers at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jeries Majlaton has never seen the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem so deserted. Not even during the five-year Second Intifada, which began 20 years ago, was the emptiness of the streets so profound, said Majlaton,

October 15th, 2020|