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WCC: Lebanon in urgent need of structural reforms.

The World Council of Churches expresses great concern as Lebanon grapples with its most severe economic crisis in modern history. Lebanon is currently faced with multiple challenges on the economic, financial, social and political levels which require quick initiatives. Late last year local banks started limiting withdrawals and by May this year, it was clear the financial system was in

July 30th, 2020|

25th Anniversary of the Catechetical Office in Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM - On the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, Sister Virginie Habib office director prepared a documentary album book that reviews through its various chapters the activities and programs of the office during these 25 years. The book opens with a word of thanks and gratitude to all donors and

July 30th, 2020|

LEBANON – Patriarch Rai insists on Lebanese “neutrality”, as the contagions of Covid-19 rise.

Beirut  - While in Lebanon there has been a rise in the number of infections due to Covid 19, and prestigious institutions such as the American University are showing signs of crisis, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai continues the campaign he has undertaken to reaffirm the "0Lebanese political and geopolitical neutrality with respect to geopolitical actors and global and regional

July 30th, 2020|

Voices From the Pandemic: Serving at a Hospital in Jordan.

Sister Adele Brambilla, C.M.S., serves as superior at the Italian Hospital in Kerak, Jordan. The coronavirus has touched even Jordan. Even though the numbers of patients affected is not high, the government has given strict protocols to the nation — and in particular to the hospitals — for preventing the spread of the virus.    On 17 March after just

July 29th, 2020|

Catholic cathedral in Syria that survived missile attacks reopens after restoration.

The restored Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo, Syria. (Aid to the Church in Need via CNA) A Catholic cathedral that was repeatedly struck by missiles amid the Syrian civil war was due to reopen Monday following its restoration. The Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in Aleppo was bombarded with missiles on at least three occasions between 2012 and

July 29th, 2020|

Setting the Records Straight in Iraq.

The issues putting pressure on the U.S.-Iraqi relationship are daunting. The confrontation between Iran and the United States frequently plays out on Iraqi streets. COVID-19 is spreading at alarming rates and overwhelming Iraq's beleaguered healthcare system. The collapsing oil market has the country's finances on the brink. Washington has focused its support to Baghdad on much-needed economic and political reforms, while also encouraging the government's more assertive stance against

July 29th, 2020|

Cathedral reopens in Syria: ‘a sign of hope and rebirth’.

A Catholic cathedral in Syria, repeatedly struck and gravely damaged during the country’s almost nine-year war, reopened this week, following its restoration. The Maronite Cathedral of St. Elijah in the northern city of Aleppo was bombarded with missiles on at least three occasions between 2012 and 2016 and suffered extensive damage when jihadists entered the city’s Christian quarter in 2013.

July 22nd, 2020|

Pope reiterates appeal for global ceasefire, calls for peace in the Caucasus.

Pope Francis reiterates his appeal for a global ceasefire to allow conflict-torn populations to receive humanitarian aid, and expresses concern for renewed violence in the Caucasus region. Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for a global ceasefire to combat the coronavirus pandemic that continues to claim lives and wreak havoc on the economy. Speaking during the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square,

July 22nd, 2020|

IRAQ – Patriarch Sako to the government: a law on personal status is needed that respects the identity of Christians.

Baghdad  - Christians in Iraq are not foreign guests from far away. The indigenous communities of the baptized have been rooted in the lands of Mesopotamia for millennia, and the Assyrian and Chaldean Christians are descendants of the populations of the ancient Mesopotamian civilizations. For this reason too, the governments of modern Iraq must respect and protect the identity of

July 21st, 2020|

Why Christians should be outraged by Erdogan’s Hagia Sophia order.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s order last Friday to turn the Hagia Sophia from a secular museum into an active mosque not only flouts its importance as a Christian holy site but also puts in jeopardy the decades of religious dialogue and cooperation it has precipitated. President Erdogan’s motive likely has very little to do with any deep sense of faith. Instead,

July 21st, 2020|