Middle East

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.

September 19, 2012

Pope: Christians and Muslims Must Witness Together Against Conflict

September 14, 2012

Pope Signs Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation

March 16, 2012

U.S. Bishops Appeal for Peace in the Middle East

“We insist that peace, which is ultimately a gift of God, must be made the goal of every nation,” said the USCCB in a March 14 statement.

August 5, 2011

House Passes Bill to Establish Middle East Religious-Freedom Envoy

On Aug. 2, four days after the bill's passage, an early-morning car bomb attack struck a Catholic church in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, injuring 23 people.

June 30, 2011

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June 24, 2011

Helping Christians in the Middle East

Holy Father asks aid agency to do all it can to assist those in need.

June 23, 2011

Sign of Hope in the Mideast

Melkite project, helped by Muslims, is building bridges across a divided world.

May 26, 2011

Holy Land Reaction to Obama’s Peace Talk

Local Christians offer their views on the President’s vision for the Middle East.

April 19, 2011

Why Jordan and Syria Are Different

Christians living under somewhat benevolent regimes take a careful approach.

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