Middle East

September 15, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Lebanon - Full Texts

July 18, 2014

Pope Francis Voices His Concerns to Israeli, Palestinian Presidents Over Renewed Conflict

The Holy Father said Friday the increased hostilities are claiming ‘many victims and giving rise to a serious humanitarian emergency.’

July 14, 2014

Re-Islamization in Istanbul: Hagia Sophia Next?

June 23, 2014

Kidnapping of Israeli Teens Is Another Difficult Situation for Holy Land Christians

Palestinian Christians remain caught in the middle between the actions of Palestinian extremists and the Israeli government’s attempts to combat them.

June 11, 2014

Arab Christian Witnesses Grace of Pope’s Prayer for Peace

Margaret Karram, an Arab Christian with Israeli citizenship, was the only woman in the Holy See delegation for the prayer held in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

June 7, 2014

Prayers and Program for Invocation for Peace

June 4, 2014

Egyptian Election Gives Hope to Christians, Alexandria’s Bishop Says

Bishop Adel Zaky said the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as president will bring stability.

June 2, 2014

Remember Suffering Syrians, Relief Agency's Leader Urges

Catholic Relief Services CEO Carolyn Woo told a Vatican assembly that there ‘is no end in sight at this point’ to the crisis in the Middle-Eastern country.

May 29, 2014

Pope Francis’ Pilgrimage Focused on Human Plight, Not Political Negotiations

COMMENTARY: During his just-concluded Holy Land voyage, the Holy Father sought to restore dignity to the marginalized.

May 25, 2014

Pope Francis Shows Solidarity With Palestinians

The Holy Father stopped to pray at Israel’s security wall in route to Bethlehem’s Manger Square, while an estimated 10,000 Palestinian Christians joined him for Sunday’s Mass.

May 13, 2014

Melkite Patriarch on a Mission for Peace in Syria

Patriarch Gregorius III gives the Register an inside look at the devastating conflict in Syria and makes his case for why the Church can be the vehicle for a genuine and lasting peace in the war-ravaged country.

May 13, 2014

Bipartisan Effort to Support Persecuted Christians Launched

The initiative also urged for supporters to take action on behalf of Christians facing persecution in the Middle East.

April 8, 2014

Jesuit Priest Murdered in Syria Witnessed to Christ’s Love

Father Frans van der Lugt of the Netherlands was caring for the fewer than 30 Christians that remained in a city that was blockaded by the Syrian government nearly two years ago.

February 10, 2014

Interfaith Dialogue With Iran Is Possible, Says Jesuit Scholar

Father Samir Khalil Samir discussed Christian-Muslim relations at a recent event sponsored by the Church movement Communion and Liberation.

December 25, 2013

Pope's Christmas Urbi et Orbi Address - Full Text

December 6, 2013

Amid Increased Persecution, Christianity Growing in ‘Global South’

A representative from the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated that one in five Christians currently live in countries where they are likely to be persecuted.

December 3, 2013

Argentina Lawmakers Recommend Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize

The resolution, overwhelmingly approved in the House of Representatives, now goes to the Senate for ratification.

October 30, 2013

Egypt Suffers Terrorism, Not Religious Conflict, Says Coptic Priest

The secretary of the Coptic Patriarchate said Muslim terrorists want to provoke Christians into seeking help from Western powers and thus ‘internationalize’ the conflict in Egypt.

October 22, 2013

Maronite Bishop Urges Unity to Aid Dwindling Christian Presence in the Middle East

Solidarity among Western nations will ease the persecuted minority’s plight and help stabilize the Middle-Eastern country, says Bishop Elias Sleman.

September 27, 2013

Crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood Gives Egyptʼs Christians Hope for Future

A Sept. 23 court order banning the Islamist group and ordering its assets confiscated is good news for religious minorities, according to Christian spokesmen.

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