Middle East

September 15, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Lebanon - Full Texts

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.

September 7, 2013

Pope: In the Silence of the Cross, Uproar of Weapons Ceases

Full text of Pope Francis' homily at the Vigil of Prayer and Fasting in Saint Peter's Square, Saturday 7 September 2013.

September 6, 2013

Pope Francis and the Church’s Witness Against War

COMMENTARY

August 30, 2013

Pope Francis and Jordan's King Urge Dialogue to End Syria Civil War

The Holy Father urged support for 'fruitful dialogue.'

August 30, 2013

Patriarch Twal: Attack Syria on What Authority?

August 29, 2013

Holy See Urges U.S. to Seek Peaceful Resolution to Syria Crisis

Pope Francis said meeting and dialogue, not confrontation, offer the most hopeful option.

August 28, 2013

Middle-East Scholar Paints Stark but Realistic Picture of the Situations in Syria and Egypt

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir says all involved parties need to heed Pope Francis’ advice and come together to work out the peace process.

April 30, 2013

Peres Tells Pope: Middle East is "Disintegrating"

February 16, 2013

Holy Land Populace Unites in Support of Pope Benedict

Local Christians, Jews and Muslims don’t often agree on issues, but they express their mutual respect and support for the Holy Father following his resignation announcement.

February 1, 2013

No Final Agreement Yet Between the Holy See and Israel

Vatican spokesman downplays a published report that a deal is imminent, but affirms progress is being made in bilateral discussion.

November 16, 2012

Jerusalem Bishop Regrets New Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Amid renewed military action between Israel and the Gaza Strip, a bishop from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is deploring the 'vicious circle of violence.'

November 2, 2012

U.S. Bishops Warn of Refugee Crisis in Syria

Washington urges Syrian opposition groups to form an effective alternative to the Assad regime, as the U.S. bishops highlight the desperate plight of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict.

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