Articles on this issue "Middle East"
“Hope and progress come only from the choice for peace"
At 9 o’clock this morning, with the singing of Tierce, the 4th General Congregation of the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops opened. Pope Francis invited those present to …read more
"Comforting the people and encouraging them to persevere has become an indispensable effort. Helping the faithful in their distress has become a priority for me"
Here is a letter from Aleppo, written by the archbishop of the city,Jean-Clément Jeanbart, reflecting on his 20 years of service here, as he now fights for his faithful to stay in Syria. The …read more
"In Syria and Iraq, evil destroys buildings and infrastructures, but especially the conscience of man"
Here is a Vatican translation of the Pope's discourse today to participants in a meeting organized by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum to discuss the crisis in Syria and Iraq. * * * Dear …read more
Prince Gharios of Ghassan Explains Why Situation Facing Region's Christians Compares to 'Patient With Cardiac Arrest'
His Imperial and Royal Highness Prince Gharios of Ghassansays it is urgent to create one voice for the Middle Eastern Christiansand there is a concrete way and structurethat can achievethis. …read more
"If, in 100 years our Christian community still survives in Iraq, it may well be that the CUE will prove to have been one of the primary reasons for that survival"
Here is the text of an address given Tuesday by ArchbishopBashar Matti Warda,Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, Iraq, to the Knights of Columbus gathered for their annual Supreme Convention. * * * …read more
Supreme Knight Warns 'Region's Christians Are Facing Extinction'
The Knights of Columbus are toexpand aid to Middle Eastern Christianswith a national campaign to raise funds and "foster awareness of the terrible suffering," reported the Catholic …read more
Permanent observer notes Holy See-Palestine agreement of last month, indicative of progress made by Palestinian Authority
Here is the interventionofArchbishop Bernardito Auza,Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN at theUnited Nations Security Council Open Debate on“The situation in …read more
"The earth of those regions is ploughed by the steps of all those seeking refuge, and irrigated by the blood of so many men and women, among them numerous Christians, persecuted because of their faith"
Here is a ZENIT translation of the address Pope Francis gave Monday to participants in the 88th Plenary Assembly of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO). * * * Dear …read more
Receives Group of Religious in Rome For Yesterday's Canonization
Pope Francis received a group of Carmelite religious from Bethlehem and Sisters of the Rosary from Jerusalem, who were in Rome for yesterday's canonization. Among the four blesseds canonized …read more
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, spoke Wednesday at the opening of a symposium “Christians in the Middle East: what future?” organised by the …read more
There are more than 2.5 million refugees in Iraq presently, one million of whom are from the Nineveh Plain, according to data by the United Nations (UN). About 40% of the refugees are in the …read more
This Easter, the patriarchs and the leaders of Christian Churches in Jerusalem have sent an Easter message and have exhorted people everywhere, despite violence erupting in their region, to …read more
Pope Francis and his personal envoy to Iraq are expressing their closeness to those who have been displaced in Iraq and Nigeria. According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office …read more
The Patriarch of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, His Holiness Khanania Dinkha IV, died yesterday, reported theAssyrian International News Agency. At 10:04 a.m. at the …read more
Below is a translation of the statement released by the Holy See today expressing the Pope's concern about the displaced in Iraq and Nigeria: *** Pope Francis remains concerned for the …read more