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MiddleEast

 

The Church to the aid of the Syrian People

Seventy-two million dollars have been allocated by Catholic humanitarian organizations for the crisis in Syria and the neighbouring regions. Fifty-five agencies have been working actively ...

No to a military solution to the crisis in Syria

Religious leaders from Syria, Russia, Europe and the United States are asking together for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, as a path ...

Cries for peace are heard

May the United States “listen to the voice of religious leaders, who unanimously oppose any military interference in the Syrian conflict”. This was the wish ...

The battle in Maaloula continues

The Syrian army is still engaged in efforts to remove the rebel group of Islamic fundamentalists Jabhat Al-Nusra from the town of Maaloula which is ...

The silence and bad dreams

The silence of the vigil in St Peter's Square is making a noise. And the day of prayer and fasting, that Pope Francis called for, ...

The G20 document with not mention of Syria

The G20 summit in the Russian capital has confirmed the division in the international community on the Syrian crisis and, above all, on military intervention ...

The prayer that rises among the drums of war

Theirs is a prayer marred by gunfire which can be heard behind the small doors of the little cells in that a monastery that are ...

Peace without barriers

Saint Petersburg, 6. “Peace is a good which overcomes every barrier, because it belongs to all of humanity”. This is Pope Francis' latest tweet from ...

City symbolic to Christians in Syria attacked by rebels

An attack by the rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra took place Thursday, 5 September, in Maaloula, a Christian village about 40 miles northeast of Damascus. The ...

A lost generation

Half of the two million people, so far, forced to flee Syria are children. A fact that, more than any other, captures the extent of ...

Working together for a culture of encounter

Working together to overcome the “culture of clashes” and making way for a “culture of encounter” which helps us to look with trust to reaching ...

Dozens of victims in an Iraqi refugee camp

Yet another weekend marked by episodes of violence in Iraq. About 50 Iranian dissidents, refugees were killed yesterday in the Ashraf camp. The surviving refugees ...

The cry for peace

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence”. With these strong and concerned words, Pope Francis ...

In Syria dialogue is the only option

On Thursday morning, 29 August, Pope Francis received their Majesties the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, and Queen Rania. Later, the Hashemite sovereign met with ...

A global question

At first glance it's a picture that is almost idyllic: a young family – father and mother holding their baby close – setting out, riding ...

Conflict offers no hope for Syria

It is not the logic of the conflict but “the capacity for encounter and dialogue” that can offer “prospects of hope” to resolve the crisis ...

Unity among Christians for peace in the Middle East

Christians in the Middle East “face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all”. They must work together “in ...

Clashes in Syria escalate

An escalation of clashes and violence in Syria while Assad's Government works out a peace plan that should have been presented without delay. The United ...

Damascus a city under siege

Endless violence in Syria. The governmental forces launched an offensive yesterday against the main posts of their opponents. The decisive battle for taking over the ...

Peace in Syria before it is too late

The Holy Father appeals for peace in Syria. At the end of the General Audience of Wednesday, 7 November, in St Peter's Square, the Pope ...

Chinese plan for mediation in Syria

Beijing announced a political plan to resolve the crisis in Syria. The spokesperson of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hong Lei, described the proposal by ...

Heavy fighting in Syria

The violence is not ceasing in Syria. Two car bombs exploded today in the area of a neighborhood in Aleppo controlled by the armed forces. ...

The courage of witnessing

“I firmly believe: this document and the message it contains will be of very great help to the Church in Iraq. It will help her ...

A website in Arabic for the Year of Faith

It's called Baghdad al Īmān (Baghdad of the faith) and the website (in Arabic) is promoted by the Council of Catholic Bishops in Iraq, led ...

With tenacity for peace

A commitment to work with even more determination to promote justice and peace is the invitation that the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land wished ...

Washington fears further violence

The United States are preparing for a prolonged period of unrest in the world, an instability – according to some representatives of the administration in ...

The silence of arms, peace in hearts

Benedict XVI left Lebanon with a new appeal for peace in the Middle East. The Pope once again condemned the ferocity and hatred that invades ...

The true face of the Church

The Visit that Benedict XVI has just made to Lebanon was naturally a Journey of peace. Most of the media noted this. And their comments ...

Ecclesia in Medio Oriente

“By its biblical and pastoral orientation, its invitation to deeper spiritual and ecclesiological reflection, its call for liturgical and catechetical renewal, and its summons to ...

That cedar the Pope planted

The image of the small cedar tree planted in a garden by Benedict XVI together with President Michel Sleiman will live on among the most ...

Under the sign of brotherhood and dialogue

I never thought of giving up this Journey. Benedict XVI repeated these words without hesitation in answering the questions put to him by journalists this ...

Religion and violence

On the papal Journey Benedict XVI's first words were clear and his message was strong and decisive. During the interview with the journalists on the ...

To Lebanon as a messenger of peace

The Pope is going to Lebanon as a “messenger of peace” and the dramatically mounting tension that still today affects the entire region of the ...

Peace with respect for differences

Two days before departing for Lebanon the Holy Father launched a new appeal for peace in the “land of the cedars” and throughout the Middle ...

Legitimate aspirations for the common good in Syria

Benedict XVI is following with deep apprehension the dramatic events that are devastating the life of the people of Syria. On Sunday, 12 February, at ...

Afghan crisis and Pakistani diplomacy

The Afghan process of reconciliation now sees Pakistan as a mediator. In some ways this is surprising, considering the not always simple relations between Kabul ...

Poverty and ignorance favour religious intolerance

“If we don't succeed in eradicating poverty and ignorance in our Country, then we will not be able to combat the the phenomenon of religious ...

Christians and Muslims together to build the future of Iraq

Joy, tears and much hope in the Christian community of Kirkuk for the first Sunday mass in the new church of St. Paul, celebrated by ...

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Nov. 14, 2018