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MIDDLE EAST – Patriarch emeritus Michel Sabbah: “The future of Christians in the Middle East is not a question of numbers, but of faith”

Antelias (Agenzia Fides) – The questions, and also the uncertainties about the future of Christians in the Middle East, "are not primarily a question of numbers, even if numbers are important, but rather a question of faith". This was stated by the Palestinian Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem of the Latins, referring to the numerous demands that will

October 1st, 2021|

Jordan: Latin Vicariate statement on bidding farewell to Bishop Shomali.

A statement issued by the Latin Vicariate in Amman dated September 24 indicates that Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali is scheduled to leave Jordan in early October on his way to Jerusalem to resume his service as general Latin patriarchal vicar. Fr. Jamal Khader is scheduled to arrive shortly in Jordan to assume his duty as Latin 

October 1st, 2021|

Jordan: Conference on ‘Journalists Against Hate’ opens Monday, Sept. 27.

CCSM Director Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader said the heinous terrorism that threatens the security of people, whether in the east or west, in the north and the south, and haunts them with fear and terror while anticipating the worst outcome, is not a product of religion even if the terrorists raise its banners and wear its insignia.   On Monday,

October 1st, 2021|

The sewing shop of St Saviour: a full-time service.

Inside the convent of St Saviour, the heart of the Custody of the Holy Land, there are many offices where Franciscan friars, local and international manual and office workers work side by side on a daily basis in the service of the local and universal Catholic Church. One of the most discreet and silent of these offices is the Sewing

October 1st, 2021|

Girls in the Holy Land: the Civil Service as an antidote to the pandemic.

Sara, Roberta, Chiara and Morgane landed on the 6th of August in Jerusalem for one year of Civil Service with the Associazione Pro Terra Sancta. They will all be involved in projects revolving around the Israeli-Palestinian area. After some difficulties and delays due to the pandemic, the girls were able to start their journey to support the Association’s activities. The challenging beauty

October 1st, 2021|

Advocates: Action needed to stop Christians from leaving Lebanon, Iraq.

Advocates say action is needed to stop the hemorrhaging of Christians from their biblical homelands, particularly Lebanon and Iraq, as safety, poor governance and economic crises imperil their future. “Lebanon is the only one place now on earth where there is Christian-Muslim conviviality. That is why it bothers the heck out of me — this is my issue with Hezbollah

October 1st, 2021|

IRAQ – The Pope’s visit and his meeting with Ayatollah al Sistani celebrated by a series of postage stamps from the Iraqi Postal Service.

Baghdad  - The General Company for Post and Savings in Iraq, directed by Idris Khaled Abdel Rahman, has issued a special series of stamps dedicated to Pope Francis' visit to Iraq, which took place from March, 3 to 8 2021. Presenting the series, the spokesman for the Ministry of Communications, Raad Al-Mashhadani, drew attention in particular to the stamps commemorating

October 1st, 2021|

Religious Groups in Lebanon Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Open.

As Lebanon plunges deeper into economic collapse, the future of the country’s Catholic schools is at risk, says Sister Marie-Antoinette Saadeh, general superior of the Congregation of the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family. “If we look at it from an accounting point of view, the majority of our schools should be closing because of the situation,” she said. “We

October 1st, 2021|

Syriac Catholic bishops cite challenges of Christians in Middle East.

Syriac Catholic bishops, meeting in Lebanon for the first time since 2019 because of the pandemic, called on governments in the Middle East to work "to stop wars and renounce the logic of sectarianism and racism." In a statement at the conclusion of their Sept. 12-19 synod, with Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan presiding, the bishops reviewed the

September 25th, 2021|

Armenian Catholic bishops try again to elect patriarch.

ROME — A dozen bishops of the Armenian Catholic Church prayed for the assistance of the Holy Spirit as they met in Rome to begin their second attempt at electing a patriarch for their church. The bishops had met in Lebanon for two weeks beginning June 22, but no candidate had garnered the two-thirds vote necessary to succeed Patriarch Grégoire

September 25th, 2021|