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Middle East

 

​Violence against any faith is a path to Hell

Terrorism has “nothing to do with religion”, but “may be linked to political games that allow killing Muslims, Christians, Mandaeans and Yazidis as ‘infidels’”. Such ...

The silence of the innocent

“Many times have I wanted to give voice to the the unspeakable, inhuman and inexplicable persecution of those who in many parts of the world ...

No more destruction in Aleppo

“We listened to the cries of the widows and the laments of the children and we saw the panic on the faces of the people”. ...

The Islamic State releases 200 Yazidis

The militants of the Islamic State (IS) have released more than 200 Yazidis who were imprisoned for more than eight months. Among them were at ...

Tragedy strikes refugees in Yarmuk

Damascus, 8. The news is increasingly dire, although it is difficult to verify the facts. Reports are coming from just outside of Damascus that a ...

Martyrs witnesses to the Resurrection

“Every day in the Middle East, we are witnesses of tragic events that make us even contemporaries of Calvary. But our joy and our faith ...

Palms of the Middle East

The persecution of Christians in the world, their suffering in the Middle East in particular, and the religious hatred spurring terrorist actions in Europe gave ...

Darkness in Tunis

A prayer for the victims of the violence which has struck Tunis and Libya was raised by Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for ...

An indescribable tragedy

In the face of the “indescribable tragedy” of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, faith leaders cannot remain silent. These remarks were part ...

United against IS

A large offensive to halt the jihadists in northern Iraq: this is the plan being prepared by the Pentagon and Iraqi authorities to change the ...

A tragedy to be borne by all

One of the most detestable forms of violence, learned from the dissemination of information by the militants of the self-styled Caliphate “the barbaric indoctrination of ...

Thousands of Christians flee

The Holy Father is deeply concerned as he follows the tragic news arriving from northern Iraq, which impacts defenceless populations, Christian communities in particular: People ...

Syrian soldiers killed in Aleppo

At least 50 Syrian soldiers were killed this morning after several explosions at the Carlton Hotel in Aleppo. Once one of the nicest hotels in ...

A war without a military solution

The following is the English text of the address given by Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, head of the Holy See delegation, on Wednesday, 22 January, ...

Uncertainty on the eve of the conference on Syria

New York, 21. The rescindment of the invitation that the UN extended to Iran to attend the international peace conference on Syria that is taking ...

Iran will attend the conference on Syria

Just 48 hours before the international conference on Syria – known as the Geneva 2 – began, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, invited Iran as well ...

Former Lebanese minister and ambassador to the US assassinated in Beirut

Former Lebanese finance minister and ambassador to the United States, Mohammad Shatah, was murdered this morning after a car bomb driven by a suicide bomber ...

The path of peace in the Middle East

On Monday, 9 December, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the Patriarch of Alexandria for the Copts, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, on the occasion of the ...

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