from ONE

Turkey
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Heart of Byzantium

Egypt
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Land of Alexandrian Christianity

Syria
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Cradle of the Christian faith

Lebanon
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Not just a nation, but a message

Iraq
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Land of Abraham of Ur of the Chaldeans

Iran
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Home of the Apostles

The Holy City of Jerusalem
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
A city’s destiny depends on the three great faiths

Palestine
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
A fragmented holy land

Arabian Peninsula
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Tales of Christian perseverance

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine September 2010)
Caught in the Middle

issues
by Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2009)
Middle East Christians on the Move

Issues
(From ONE magazine July 2009)
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Aleppo: A Syrian Mosaic
by Spencer Osberg
(From ONE magazine November 2009)
An ancient city is home to diverse faith communities

Perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine January 2011)
It’s a Small World

perspectives
by Msgr. Robert L. Stern
(From ONE magazine March 2009)
Peaceful Principles

Forming a Few Good Men
text by Dale Gavlak
photos: St. Peter’s Seminary
(From Catholic Near East July – August 2000)
In the face of many problems, Iraqi seminarians nevertheless pursue their vocations.

The Presbyterian Church in the Middle East
text and photographs by Rev. Kenneth Bailey, Th.D.
(From Catholic Near East May – June 1999)
While small, the Presbyterian movement has for more than a century affected the lives of generations in the Middle East.

Maaloula: An Oasis of Faith
by Michael J.L. La Civita
photos by Joseph Cornelius Donnelly
(From Catholic Near East October 1989)
An ancient village in the Qalamoun Mountains works to maintain its Christian identity and preserve its community.

Looking for Justice Between Blood Brothers
by Elias Chacour with David Hazard
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
A Palestinian Catholic priest returns to the ruins of his home in Galilee to discover the meaning of the Beatitudes.

Educating for Justice and Reconciliation
by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Summer 1988)
Father Elias Chacour continues “the long, slow labor of teaching young people the treasures of the Sermon on the Mount.”

“There Must Be Justice for Both Sides”
by Hugh Schofield
(From Catholic Near East Fall 1988)
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, a native Palestinian, reflects on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the Church’s view on ending it.

Today’s Prophetic Voices in the Holy Land
text and photos by Michael Healy
(From Catholic Near East Winter 1987)
The forgotten minority in the Holy Land, Palestinian Christians express their faith with a quiet determination.

from News

An Easter Message of Peace From Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (21 April 2011)
In their joint Easter message, the heads of Christian churches of Jerusalem turned their attention to the unrest in the Middle East, noting the need to respect the rights of the minorities in the region.

New Melkite Bishops
Catholic News Service (16 June 2011)
The Vatican announced approval of two new Melkite Catholic archbishops who had been elected by the Greek Melkite Synod of Bishops.

Pope Calls for Peace in North Africa, Middle East
Catholic News Service (27 June 2011)
Pope Benedict XVI called for emergency assistance to thousands of people fleeing the violence and civil strife in North Africa and the Middle East, and he appealed to nations to explore “every possible form of mediation” to bring an end to the conflicts.

Pilgrims to Holy Land Must Help Peace Efforts
Catholic News Service (21 July 2011)
Catholic and Anglican leaders have challenged Christians to find new ways to establish lasting peace in the Holy Land, including changing the nature of pilgrimages.

Nashville’s Coptic Catholic Community
Catholic News Service (15 August 2011)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — The small community of Coptic Catholics in Nashville, consisting of about 40 families who have moved to the city from their native Egypt, threw open their arms wide to welcome Cardinal Antonios Naguib, patriarch of the worldwide Coptic Catholic Church.

Baltimore Archbishop to Head Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre
Catholic News Service (30 August 2011)
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore as pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, based in Rome.

Turkey Returns Properties to Non-Muslim Religious
Catholic News Service (31 August 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Turkish prime minister’s announcement that the government will return hundreds of properties confiscated from non-Muslim religious groups or compensate the groups for properties sold to third parties is “a historic decision,” said the Vatican nuncio to Turkey.

Order of Holy Sepulchre Welcomes Archbishop O’Brien
Catholic News Service (19 September 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Officials at the Vatican headquarters of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem welcomed U.S. Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien as their new pro-grand master.

Video: “First Take: Vatican”
Catholic News Service (20 September 2011)
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in Rome welcomes U.S. Archbishop Edwin O’Brien as their newly appointed pro-grand master.

Patriarch Encourages Pilgrimages to Holy Land
Catholic News Service (28 September 2011)
BETHESDA, Md. (CNS) — The Latin patriarch of Jerusalem says the dwindling population of Christians in his city needs to be bolstered by the support of Christians around the world and by their visits as pilgrims.

Pope Condemns Attack on Christians in Egypt
Catholic News Service (12 October 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Condemning an attack on unarmed Christians in Egypt, Pope Benedict XVI said that during the country’s transition to democracy, all of its citizens and institutions must work to guarantee the rights of minorities.

Iraqi Christians Want Peace and Jobs
Catholic News Service (14 October 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Iraqis want a return to peace, security and stability and the chance to secure meaningful employment, said two U.S. bishops who traveled to Baghdad in a demonstration of the American Catholic Church’s solidarity with the country’s violence-weary Christians.

Maronite Patriarch Visits United States
Catholic News Service (25 October 2011)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Unless Middle Eastern countries support religious freedom and respect human rights, the “Arab spring” movement will devolve into an “Arab winter,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai.

Melkite Archbishop Visits Canada
Catholic News Service (26 October 2011)
OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Years ago, Melkite Archbishop Elias Chacour flew to Washington, D.C., to make an unannounced visit to the home of then-Secretary of State James Baker.

Christian-Muslim Rift in Egypt
Catholic News Service (4 November 2011)
FRIBOURG, Switzerland (CNS) — The patriarch of the Coptic Catholic Church in Egypt blamed Islamic fundamentalists for the increasing number of attacks on Christians and criticized a growing division between Muslims and Christians since the country’s February revolution.

Syriac Church in Baghdad Commemorates 2010 Massacre
Catholic News Service (4 November 2011)
BAGHDAD (CNS) — In a somber Mass commemorating the 2010 massacre at the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance, Catholic leaders urged their faithful to have hope for the resurrection of Iraq.

Bishops Urge Catholics to Help Iraqis
Catholic News Service (16 November 2011)
BALTIMORE (CNS) — The nation and American Catholics both can help keep Iraq from sliding into chaos once U.S. troops leave the country at the end of the year, said two U.S. bishops who visited Iraq for four days in October.

U.S. Melkite Bishop Considers Ordaining Married Men
Catholic News Service (17 November 2011)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — To address a shortage of priests in his nationwide eparchy, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Newton, Mass., is exploring the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.

Vatican Urges ‘Real Reforms’ in Syria
Catholic News Service (6 December 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican official deplored the growing violence in Syria, and called on political leaders there to enact “real reforms.”

Vatican Middle East Advocate Dies
Catholic News Service (12 December 2011)
DARBY, Pa. (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, who spent more than two decades leading the church’s social communications council and later worked for the church in the Middle East, died Dec. 11 after a battle with leukemia.

Pope Remembers Cardinal Foley
Catholic News Service (13 December 2011)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI said he hoped the legacy of the late Cardinal John P. Foley would inspire others to make the Gospel known through mass media.

Catholic Press Remembers Cardinal Foley
Catholic News Service (15 December 2011)
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, longtime Catholic journalist and advocate of Catholic communication, was being fondly remembered after his Dec. 11 death as a friend to the Catholic press around the world.

Palestinians Post Stories on Separation Barrier
Catholic News Service (16 December 2011)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Sylvana Giacaman, 54, is giving herself a different kind of gift for Christmas: She is allowing her photo and a personal story to be posted on the Israeli separation wall.

Iraqi Christians Celebrate Christmas in Canada
Catholic News Service (16 December 2011)
EDMONTON, Alberta (CNS) — Iraqi Ziyad Matti and his wife, Dalia Hikmat, have not had a proper Christmas in years.

Midnight Masses in Iraq Cancelled
Catholic News Service (22 December 2011)
LONDON (CNS) — Chaldean Catholic officials have canceled traditional Christmas Eve midnight Masses because of security risks.

Christmas Message from Jerusalem’s Patriarch
Catholic News Service (21 December 2011)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Amid continuing turmoil in the Middle East, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem sent a message of hope and support to Christians of the region.

Msgr. Kozar Uplifted by Faith of Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (29 December 2011)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East show “overwhelming faith,” but many also express fear, said the president of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

Bishops Concerned About Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (11 January 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Almost a year after the eruption of the Arab Spring uprisings, the Middle East is a place of hope and fear for Christians, said Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz.

Gunmen Attack Iraqi Archbishop’s Residence
Catholic News Service (13 January 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Gunmen shooting at guards keeping watch over the archbishop’s residence in Kirkuk in northern Iraq triggered a firefight, leaving two of the gunmen dead and five policemen wounded.

Nuncio to Syria on the Violence in Homs
Catholic News Service (10 February 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Some priests have decided to stay in battle-scarred Homs, Syria, even as government forces intensified their strikes against the heart of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, said the Vatican’s nuncio to Syria.

Pope Calls for Dialogue in Syria
Catholic News Service (14 February 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As a sectarian conflict in Syria intensified, Pope Benedict XVI called on all Syrians to begin a process of dialogue and reminded the government of its duty to recognize its citizens’ legitimate demands.

Benghazi Bishop Recalls Libyan Revolution
Catholic News Service (23 February 2012)
BENGHAZI, Libya (CNS) — As Benghazi residents marked the anniversary of Libya’s revolution, the head of the city’s diminished Catholic community spoke of a need to rebuild his congregation and of the uncertainties ahead.

Vatican Diplomat Attends Syria Summit
Catholic News Service (27 February 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican diplomat attended an international summit seeking an end to Syria’s yearlong civil war.

Arab Spring Conference in Rome
Catholic News Service (1 March 2012)
Muslims and Christians throughout North Africa and the Middle East recognize that “building a democracy is more difficult than destroying a dictatorship,” but they are committed to realizing their dream, said one of the leaders of change in Tunisia.

Vatican Letter to Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (2 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Tension, hostility and even violence are the “daily bread” of many of the Christian communities living in the biblical lands of the Middle East, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

VIDEO: “Holy Land Tour Part I”
Catholic News Service (2 March 2012)
In part one of a three-part series on the Holy Land, Catholic New Service visits Galilee, Israel, where Jesus ministered.

Turkey Consults Christians on Constitution
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
ROME (CNS) — A Catholic archbishop welcomed a Turkish government decision to consult Christian leaders on a new constitution.

Armed Men Storm Monastery in Syria
Catholic News Service (5 March 2012)
ANTAKYA, Turkey (CNS) — Masked gunmen stormed the Syrian desert monastery of Deir Mar Musa, about 50 miles southwest of Homs, destroying property and briefly holding its inhabitants captive.

Attacks on Christians Tripled in 2003-10
Catholic News Service (6 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Terrorist attacks on Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia tripled in a seven-year period, a Vatican official told a U.N. meeting.

Pope Addresses Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (7 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians in the Middle East not to lose hope despite the serious difficulties they face.

Syrian Christians Fear Persecution
Catholic News Service (9 March 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians in Syria live in fear of a repeat of persecution like was seen in Iraq, said officials of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine.

Kuwaiti Bishop Criticizes Restrictions on Christians
Catholic News Service (14 March 2012)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — The bishop who administers the church in Kuwait criticized legislation that would restrict Christian places of worship in the country.

U.S. Bishops on Middle East Violence
Catholic News Service (15 March 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Citing continuing conflict in the Middle East, the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee reiterated its support for the region’s bishops and all people of faith, urging them to stand against violence even in the face of hostility and aggression.

Israel’s Residency Laws Separate Families
Catholic News Service (15 March 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Joseph Hazboun remembers when he could hop into his car in Jerusalem and drive the few miles to the nearby West Bank city of Bethlehem to see his family. It was easy enough, even passing through mandatory checkpoints, that he and his Jerusalem-born wife and children would make the trip at least twice a month.

Pope Remembers Coptic Patriarch
Catholic News Service (20 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praising the ecumenical commitment of the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria, Pope Benedict XVI offered his condolences to Orthodox Christians in Egypt on the death of their patriarch.

Church Leaders Call to End Human Trafficking in Egypt
web news (21 March 2012)
In communion with the organizations seeking to draw attention to the plight of these people and to help them, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land calls for greater awareness

Jerusalem Religious Leaders on Environment
Catholic News Service (22 March 2012)
Adelie penguins walk on the ice at Cape Denison in Antarctica in this 2009 file photo. Religious leaders have urged people to take their faith-based commitment to the stewardship of God’s creation to the U.N. Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil 20-22 June. (photo: CNS/Paukine Askin, Reuters)

Pope Earmarks Holy Thursday for Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (28 March 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has decided the collection taken up at his Holy Thursday evening Mass will be used to offer humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees.

Pope Aids Victims in Syria
Catholic News Service (3 April 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has donated $100,000 to help the people of Syria.

Throngs at Jerusalem’s Church of Holy Sepulchre
Catholic News Service (4 April 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — As Easter approaches, it can be a daunting task to find a quiet moment of contemplation at any of Jerusalem’s holy sites, but it is especially so at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

Holy Land Pilgrimages on the Rise
Catholic News Service (5 April 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Fear of violence in the Middle East has not kept pilgrims away from the Holy Land, according to U.S. Franciscan priests who frequent the sites commemorating the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus of faith, not just historical landmarks that are more like any hesitancy to visit these places is “overcome by faith and interest,” said Franciscan Father Jeremy Harrington, commissary and guardian of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington. The holy sites, he added, remain safe places to visit despite unrest in the region.

Pope to Visit Lebanon in September
Catholic News Service (9 April 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon Sept. 14-16, Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Rai announced during Easter Mass at the patriarchal seat in Bkerke, Lebanon.

Syriac Patriarch Remembered as Luminary who Built Bridges
Catholic News Service (17 April 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, the former patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church, was remembered as great spiritual father and luminary who built bridges of understanding and honest dialogue, both at the ecumenical and interfaith levels.

Church in Gulf States
web news (30 April 2012)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — The bishop overseeing the church in southern Arabia predicted Catholic life will remain safe in most Gulf states despite threatened new restrictions in Kuwait.

Save Syria, Urges Melkite Patriarch of Damascus
Catholic News Service (23 May 2012)
Syria’s 2.5 million Christians are being pushed into an exodus from the country out of fear of chaos and crime, said Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham of Damascus.

Egypt’s Christians Vote in Historic Election
Catholic News Service (31 May 2012)
CAIRO (CNS) — Egyptian Christians voting in their nation’s historic presidential election were throwing much of their support behind candidates who aimed to check the power of the Islamist parties.

A Christian Convert In Lebanon
Catholic News Service (4 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The first time Thomas stepped inside a church, he was overcome with emotion.

Bishop From Iraq Pleads for Support
Catholic News Service (15 June 2012)
ATLANTA (CNS) — Making an impassioned plea on behalf of Iraq’s dwindling Christian population, Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad called upon the U.S. bishops to press the Obama administration to take steps to protect religious rights in the Middle Eastern country.

Christian Exodus from Middle East
Catholic News Service (20 June 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic leaders warned about the dangers of a continued exodus of Christians from the Middle East during a Christian-Muslim dialogue meeting in a Beirut mosque.

Maronites in Israel Learn Aramaic
Catholic News Service (25 June 2012)
JISH, Israel (CNS) — Aramaic language classes begun four years ago at Jish Elementary School have changed the way youngsters experience the weekly liturgy.

Egypt’s Christians Cautious About Islamist’s Victory
Catholic News Service (26 June 2012)
CAIRO (CNS) — Christians expressed caution about the election of Islamist Mohammed Morsi as Egypt’s new president, saying they hope he will follow through on his pledge “to be a president for all Egyptians.”

UNESCO Adds Church of Nativity to List
Catholic News Service (2 July 2012)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (CNS) — UNESCO has placed sites — including the Church of the Nativity — in Bethlehem, West Bank, on its list of World Heritage in Danger.

Video: “First Take: Vatican”
Catholic News Service (3 July 2012)
“First Take: Vatican” looks at significance of pope’s trip to Lebanon for all Christians in the Middle East.

Nuncio Cautious about Church’s Designation as World Heritage Site
Catholic News Service (5 July 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The designation of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity as a UNESCO World Heritage site complicates relations between the three churches that oversee the holy site as well as relations between the Israeli and Palestinian communities, said a church official.

Christian Leaders in Egypt Meet With Clinton
Catholic News Service (17 July 2012)
CAIRO (CNS) — Egyptian Christian representatives met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Cairo, rejecting calls by other religious leaders to boycott discussions but stressing their determination to flex their newfound political voice.

Syrian Catholic Leaders Call on World Community
Catholic News Service (18 July 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As violence continued to shake Syria, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus called on the international community to unite in efforts to restore peace.

Across the Divide
Catholic News Service (18 July 2012)
NEW YORK (CNS) — Few conflicts in the modern era have proved as intractable as that pitting Israelis against Palestinians. One institution caught up in this clash has been the Holy Land’s Bethlehem University, a Catholic establishment open to students of all faiths.

Jesuit Expelled From Syria Calls for Regime Change
Catholic News Service (19 July 2012)
ROME (CNS) — Italian Jesuit Father Paolo Dall’Oglio was expelled from Syria in mid-June after he intensified his public calls for democratic change in the country.

Pope Renews Appeal for Peace in Syria
Catholic News Service (30 July 2012)
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI renewed his appeal for peace in Syria and humanitarian assistance for civilians threatened by the ongoing fighting or seeking refuge far from home.

Center in Bethlehem Treats Trauma Victims
Catholic News Service (31 July 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Every week for the past month, when she has the money, Suha Alladin takes her 10-year-old son Mohammed, from their West Bank Village of Ma’asara to Bethlehem in a shared taxi.

Egypt’s Bishops Cautiously Welcome President
Catholic News Service (17 August 2012)
ANTAKYA, Turkey (CNS) — A spokesman for Egypt’s bishops gave a cautious welcome to President Mohammed Morsi’s reshuffling of top military officials.

Nun Condemns Violence in Syria Assad’s Regime
Catholic News Service (17 August 2012)
DUBLIN (CNS) — A Carmelite nun said the armed insurrection in Syria is “producing a totalitarianism that is worse” than that of Bashar Assad’s regime.

Young Lebanese See Papal Visit as Sign of Hope
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s younger generation of Catholics sees Pope Benedict XVI’s Sept. 14-16 visit to their country as a sign of hope in a region embroiled with violence.

Video: Plight of Syrian Refugees
Catholic News Service (21 August 2012)
Laura Sheahen of Caritas Internationalis talks about her recent visit with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan.

Nuncio to Syria Worried for Future
Catholic News Service (22 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People in Syria are “stunned and deeply saddened and worried for the future,” said Archbishop Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio to Syria.

Ecumenical Patriarch: Repent for Pollution
Catholic News Service (29 August 2012)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Praying for the protection of the environment includes asking God’s forgiveness for the small or serious ways each individual contributes to pollution, said the Ecumenical Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople.

Pope Visits Lebanon
Catholic News Service (31 August 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI travels to Lebanon Sept. 14-16 — assuming spillover from the civil war in neighboring Syria doesn’t force a last-minute cancellation of the trip — his purpose will be above all pastoral; and, as usual for papal trips, most of his remarks will focus on the spiritual.

Video: Microcosm of the Middle East
Catholic News Service (7 September 2012)
Melkite, Maronite bishops reflect on significance of Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming trip to Lebanon.

Comboni Sister Nurses Egyptians for
60 years

Catholic News Service (10 September 2012)
NAZLET KHATER, Egypt (CNS) — It is 7 a.m., and someone is already knocking on the door of the tiny village convent where Comboni Sister Giacinta Niboli and three other sisters live.

Video: Concern for Lebanon
Catholic News Service (10 September 2012)
A look at Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks yesterday about violence and the need for dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East.

Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Egypt
Catholic News Service (11 September 2012)
AL-MUKHALFA, Egypt (CNS) — On a recent summer evening, the local representative of Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood party paid a visit to the almost entirely Coptic Catholic village of Al-Mukhalfa, known as “Little Rome” deep in Egypt’s south.

Video: Prayers for the Middle East
Catholic News Service (12 September 2012)
Pope Benedict XVI’s comments at his weekly general audience about his upcoming trip to Lebanon.

Pope Calls for Help for Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (13 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican firmly condemned the recent attack against a U.S. consulate in Libya, which led to the death of a U.S. ambassador, three U.S. personnel and at least 10 Libyans.

Pope Arrives in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (17 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Lebanon Sept. 14, saying that he came “as a pilgrim of peace, as a friend of God and as a friend of men.”

Pope Delivers Exhortation in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (17 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI signed a major document calling on Catholics in the Middle East to engage in dialogue with Orthodox, Jewish and Muslim neighbors, but also to affirm and defend their right to live freely in the region where Christianity was born.

In Lebanon, Pope Calls for Religious Freedom
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Peace will not come to the Middle East until its nations enjoy religious freedom, since only the free practice of faith can inspire the region’s diverse peoples to unite around basic human values, Pope Benedict XVI said Sept. 15.

In Lebanon, Pope Addresses Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged the suffering of Christians in the Middle East, reassuring them and urging them to promote peace through religiously inspired service to their societies.

In Lebanon, Pope Addresses Youth
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
BKERKE, Lebanon (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI urged young Christians in the Middle East not to flee violence and economic insecurity through emigration, but to draw strength from their faith and make peace in their troubled region.

Pope’s Visit to Lebanon a Message of Peace
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI stepped off the plane in Beirut Sept. 14, he said he had come to Lebanon, and to the Middle East in general, as a “pilgrim of peace.”

Vatican on Syrian Victims
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The U.N. Human Rights Council must approach the crisis in Syria from “the perspective of the victims,” and rally the international community to press for the end of hostilities and the immediate offering of humanitarian aid to the suffering, a Vatican official said.

Film Unsettles Muslims, Christians in Egypt
Catholic News Service (18 September 2012)
CAIRO (CNS) — As tear-gas bearing police battled Egyptians armed with stones in front of Cairo’s U.S. Embassy, Rashad was two neighborhoods away, making sure the few evening costumers respected the line at the Mobinil cellphone company where he works.

Video: Pope Reflects on Lebanon Trip
Catholic News Service (19 September 2012)
Pope Benedict XVI reflects on the significance of his trip last weekend to Lebanon.

Bethlehem University Appoints First Female V.P.
Catholic News Service (24 September 2012)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Thirty-five years after the first class graduated from Bethlehem University, one of its members became the first woman and Palestinian to hold the Catholic school’s highest academic position.

Middle East Religious Leaders Meet in Rome
Catholic News Service (26 September 2012)
ROME (CNS) — Western nations need to respect the people of the Middle East and trust them to solve their own problems, said an Iraqi diplomat, an Iraqi archbishop and a Syrian-born representative of the Melkite Catholic Church.

Franciscans Report Attacks in Syria
Catholic News Service (11 October 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Franciscans ministering in a village along the Syrian border with Turkey said four people, including three Christian youths, were kidnapped and beaten before being released as the civil war surged in their community.

Synod Addresses Interreligious Dialogue
Catholic News Service (15 October 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Catholics, especially those who live in multireligious societies, must have a clear understanding of their own religious identity, but they also must recognize the spirit of God at work in others, said the Vatican official in charge of interreligious dialogue.

Video: Bishop Kicanas on Vatican Delegation to Syria
Catholic News Service (17 October 2012)
Bishop Gerald Kicanas, chairman of Catholic Relief Services, discusses the Vatican announcement of a papal delegation to war-torn Syria.

Pope Sends Cardinals to Syria
Catholic News Service (18 October 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A papal delegation of bishops, including Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, will travel to the capital of war-torn Syria in late October to show solidarity with victims and encourage peace negotiations.

Egypt’s Nuncio Says Christian Complaints Valid
Catholic News Service (18 October 2012)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Some of Egypt’s Christians feel uncomfortable with Islamists in power, but there is greater freedom of speech than before the revolution, said the pope’s ambassador to the Middle Eastern country.

Christians in Syria Struggle to Survive
Catholic News Service (22 October 2012)
LONDON (CNS) — The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo said Syria’s second-largest city, which he “loves so much,” has been left in ruins by months of fighting, and Christians there are struggling to survive.

Papal Trip to Syria Postponed
Catholic News Service (24 October 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The visit of a papal delegation to the capital of war-torn Syria, previously announced for late October, has been postponed indefinitely, and the delegation’s membership, which was to have included Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, will be changed.

Jerusalem Holy Site Dispute
Catholic News Service (8 November 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — A dispute over an unpaid water bill reportedly running to $2.3 million could threaten the daily functioning of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of Christendom’s most holy sites.

Nun Helps Eritrean Refugees in Israel
Catholic News Service (15 November 2012)
TEL AVIV , Israel (CNS) — Comboni Sister Azezet Kidane is fluent in Amharic, Tigrit, Arabic and Sudanese dialects, so she was a natural choice when a shelter for African refugees needed help.

Maronite Patriarch’s New Role as Cardinal
Catholic News Service (20 November 2012)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholics in Lebanon said Pope Benedict XVI’s naming of Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai as a cardinal reinforces the church’s support for Christians in the Middle East.

Catholics in Gaza
Catholic News Service (21 November 2012)
ERUSALEM (CNS) — As diplomatic efforts were underway to reach a ceasefire agreement between Hamas and Israel Nov. 20, Catholics on both sides of the Gaza border prayed for peace.

Video: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Catholic News Service (26 November 2012)
Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, Grand Master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, previews his pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Holy Land Pilgrimage
Catholic News Service (27 November 2012)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On the eve of his first trip to the Holy Land as grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher, Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien said he hoped to encourage the region’s Christian minority with a message of solidarity from Pope Benedict XVI and other Catholics in the West.

Seminarians in the Holy Land
Catholic News Service (29 November 2012)
BEIT JALLA, West Bank (CNS) — After a morning of visits to Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and a local Catholic parish, U.S. Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien was overcome with emotion during his meeting with seminarians at the Latin Patriarchate seminary.

Europe No Longer Catholic Church’s ‘Center’
Catholic News Service (11 April 2013)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — The election of Pope Francis, an Argentine, to lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics confirms what observers have long known: Vast demographic shifts in the Catholic population are reconfiguring the face of the church and shifting the institution’s center from its historic European heartland.

Turkey to Build Camp for Christian Refugees
Catholic News Service (15 April 2013)
ISTANBUL (CNS) — Christians escaping the two-year civil war in Syria will soon have their own camp in which to live and receive humanitarian aid, the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey told local media.

Israeli Court OKs Construction of Wall Through Salesians’ Property
Catholic News Service (2 May 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — An Israeli court has approved the construction of the Israeli separation barrier along a route through the Cremisan Valley that will nearly surround a convent and its primary school and confiscate most of their land on the outskirts of Beit Jala, West Bank.

Syriac Bishop Decries Extremism
Catholic News Service (21 May 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Growing extremism in Syria could jeopardize the safety of all Christians, said Syriac Catholic Bishop Gregory Melki of Jerusalem.

Holy Land Catholic Leaders: Stop Speaking of Christian Persecution
Catholic News Service (4 April 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Repeated references to persecution of Christians, “usually referring only to what Christians suffer at the hands of criminals claiming to be Muslims, plays into the hands of extremists,” said Catholic leaders in the Holy Land.

Jesuit Who Used YouTube to Appeal for Help for Homs Reportedly Killed
Catholic News Service (8 April 2014)
ROME (CNS) — A 75-year-old Dutch Jesuit who refused to leave war-torn Syria, instead staying in Homs to help the poor and homeless, was beaten by armed men and killed with two bullets to the head, according to an email sent by the Jesuits’ Middle East province to the Jesuit headquarters in Rome.

Flow of Syrian Christian Refugees to Jordan Increasing, Caritas Says
Catholic News Service (17 April 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The influx of Syrian Christian refugees into Jordan is on the rise, said the head of Caritas Jordan.

Religious Leaders Pledge to Protect Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (9 May 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Close to 200 ordained and lay religious leaders have signed a pledge to commit themselves and the United States to protect Christians in Iraq, Syria and Egypt, who they say are coming under fire for their faith.

Patriarch Will Discuss Middle East Christians With Pope
Catholic News Service (10 May 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis in Jerusalem on 25 May, one of their main discussion topics will be the “diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East,” the patriarch told Catholic News Service.

Syriac Patriarch Says Middle East Christians Feel Abandoned by West
Catholic News Service (19 June 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III said Christians in the Middle East feel “abandoned, even betrayed” by the West as a militant Islamic force occupied large areas of Syria and Iraq.

Churches’ Official: ‘Everyone in Gaza Considers Themselves a Target’
Catholic News Service (15 July 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — The situation in hospitals in the Gaza Strip is dire, and Palestinians are saying that medical supplies will soon run out, said a cardiologist who serves with the Near East Council of Churches in Gaza.

Mosul Bishop Calls Expulsion of Christians a ‘Crime Against Humanity’
Catholic News Service (23 July 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Backed up by death threats and property seizures, the expulsion of the entire Christian community from Mosul is “a crime against humanity,” said an archbishop from Mosul.

For Some Middle East Catholics, Church Is Anchor of Hope Amid Violence
Catholic News Service (28 July 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1,000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic extremists, Christians in the Holy Land find themselves facing harsh realities.

Christian Patriarchs Denounce Silence on Persecution in Mideast
Catholic News Service (11 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs denounced the “total international silence” on the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and called for Muslim religious authorities to issue fatwas, or legal edicts, banning attacks against Christians and “other innocents.”

Pope to Gaza’s Catholics: Be Christ’s Witness in Midst of Conflict
Catholic News Service (29 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The priest leading the Gaza Strip’s only Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory.

Church Leaders, Politicians, Laity Meet in D.C. on Behalf of Christians
Catholic News Service (10 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Emphasizing that diversity does not preclude unity, nearly a thousand Christian leaders, politicians and laypeople gathered in Washington to launch a massive effort on behalf of the minority communities of the Middle East.

Christian Leaders Meet Obama, Discuss Concerns for Middle East Minorities
Catholic News Service (12 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Patriarchs Urge Westerners to Ensure Christians Can Remain in Middle East
Catholic News Service (15 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — United in the suffering of their people, five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East urged Westerners to take action to help ensure that Christians and other minorities can remain in the Middle East.

Advocate Because You Care, Not for Political Votes
Catholic News Service (16 September 2014)
Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is a 15 September column titled “The Cry of the Persecuted: Advocate Because You Care, Not for Political Votes” that appears on the Patheos website, www.patheos.com. It was written by Michael J.L. La Civita, who joined Catholic Near East Welfare Association in 1989 and is the papal agency’s communications director. He also is a knight commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

U.S. Bishops Plan to Be Stronger Advocates for Israeli-Palestinian Peace
Catholic News Service (22 September 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — American bishops were returning to their dioceses after a nine-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land with a stronger resolve to advocate for peace and to urge the U.S. government to take a leadership role in ushering Israelis and Palestinians toward peace, a member of the delegation said.

In Middle East, a Year of Upheaval Leaves Millions Suffering
Catholic News Service (18 December 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families and tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as “Al Qaeda on steroids.”

For Arab Christians, Getting to Bethlehem Involves Checks, Imbalances
Catholic News Service (22 December 2014)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Coming to Bethlehem during Christmas is like a family reunion for Afif Hazboun.

Christians in Middle East Losing Everything Except Christ
Catholic News Service (23 December 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Violence, fear and poverty have stripped Christians in the Middle East of everything except Christ, said a number of church leaders there.

On Christmas, Pope Urges People to Remember Those Suffering
Catholic News Service (26 December 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The crying of Baby Jesus is not the only cry people should hear on Christmas; many children around the world are crying because of war, maltreatment and abuse, Pope Francis said.

In Christmas Messages, Patriarchs Lament Suffering, Offer Hope
Catholic News Service (26 December 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East lamented the suffering of their people in violence-wracked areas and offered words of hope while calling for prayers for their safety.

CNEWA Officials Look at Long-Term Needs of Lebanon’s Refugees
Catholic News Service (26 January 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Officials of a pontifical aid agency said they saw much that needed done in Lebanon — if they could get beyond crisis mode.

U.S. Bishops Travel to Iraq, Meet Displaced Christians
Catholic News Service (27 January 2015)
AIN KAWA, Iraq (CNS) — One of Iraq’s Christians chased out of her historic homeland quietly prayed the rosary as a bishop who traveled halfway around the world to meet her and others displaced celebrated Mass for them.

Patriarchs’ Lenten Messages Focus on Middle East Christians
Catholic News Service (18 February 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — The Middle East is suffering a “Way of the Cross” that is the greatest tragedy since World War II, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III said in a Lenten message about suffering.

Assyrian Christians Released; Many Concerned for Those Still Held
Catholic News Service (2 March 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East welcomed the release of nearly 20 Assyrian Christians abducted by Islamic State militants in northeastern Syria, but expressed concern that more than 200 others remained in captivity.

Catholic Aid Group Helps Displaced Syrian Christians
Catholic News Service (2 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — A pontifical aid organization has begun sending aid to families who fled their homes when Islamic State militants raided a cluster of Assyrian Christian villages on the Khabur River in northeast Syria.

As Islamic State Steps Up Attacks, Christian Leaders Call for Help
Catholic News Service (10 March 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Christian leaders again called for help for Assyrian Christians as Islamic State militants stepped up their attacks against their towns in northern Syria.

Syrian Refugee Crisis at ‘Tipping Point,’ Say U.S.C.C.B. Officials
Catholic News Service (10 March 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Saying the Syrian refugee crisis has reached a “tipping point,” officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops who recently traveled to the Middle East are urging the international community to offer more help.

Government Reps Say Christian Survival in Middle East ‘in Question’
Catholic News Service (13 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a joint statement, representatives of more than 50 countries have recognized that Christians are particularly endangered in the Middle East, and they called on the international community to reaffirm the human right to freedom of religion.

Bishops Urge Arab, Muslim Countries to Preserve Christian Presence
Catholic News Service (16 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic bishops urged Arab and Muslim countries to combat terrorism in order to preserve the Christian presence in the Middle East.

Patriarch Rejects Calls for Outside Military Intervention in Syria
Catholic News Service (19 March 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Melkite Catholic Church rejected outright all calls for an international military intervention in Syria and urged Pope Francis and all Christian churches to “promote a concrete and realistic road map” to peace in the beleaguered nation.

After Escape, Assyrian Christians Seek Refuge in Lebanon
Catholic News Service (19 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Assyrian Christians from Syria’s besieged Khabur region who fled their homes when the Islamic State seized their villages in February are increasingly seeking refuge in neighboring Lebanon.

Lebanon’s Religious Leaders Affirm Christianity’s Role in Middle East
Catholic News Service (31 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders affirmed the “essential role” of the Christian presence in the Middle East and called for terrorism in the region to be confronted “culturally, educationally and politically.”

Latin Patriarch: Help Light of Peace Emerge From War
Catholic News Service (6 April 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East are called to help the light of peace emerge from the violence and anguish of war in much of the region, drawing inspiration from the resurrected Jesus, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal said in his Easter homily.

At Easter, Middle Eastern Patriarchs Encourage Hope Despite Turmoil
Catholic News Service (6 April 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East in their Easter messages urged the faithful to cling to the hope of the risen Christ amid raging wars, human suffering and the uprooting of Christians from their homelands in the region.

Middle East Groups Seek Protected Zone for Minorities in Iraq, Syria
Catholic News Service (8 April 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — A call for an area to protect Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq is gathering pace even as April marks the centenary of the 1915 genocide of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians.

Lebanese Church Leader, Ambassadors Discuss Terrorism, Presidential Vacancy
Catholic News Service (16 April 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Maronite Catholic Patriarch Bechara Peter met with top ambassadors in Lebanon and called for a “unified international stance” in the face of terrorism.

Maronite Patriarch to UNESCO: Christian Exodus Weakens Moderate Islam
Catholic News Service (28 April 2015)
PARIS (CNS) — The exodus of Christians from the Middle East — due to wars, conflicts, socio-economic crises and persecution — will weaken moderate Islam “which, thanks to the Islamic-Christian conviviality, is so far the vast majority of Muslims in the Middle East,” said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter.

Vatican: Middle East’s Future Depends on Dialogue, Christians
Catholic News Service (5 May 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The future of the Middle East will depend on nations coming together to promote dialogue and development in the region and on local Christians staying active in society and politics, a top Vatican official said.

Recapture of Christian Towns Contrasts With ISIS Gains in Syria
Catholic News Service (22 May 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Church bells are ringing once again in the Assyrian Christian villages dotting the Khabur River in northeastern Syria after Islamic State militants were routed by a combination of forces.

French Catholics Demand Countries, Companies Boycott ISIS Oil
Catholic News Service (5 June 2015)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — French Catholics have urged church support for a campaign to stop Western companies from buying oil from Islamic State, in effect funding the mass killing of Christians.

In Syria, Maronite Patriarch Denounces ‘Death of the World’s Conscience’
Catholic News Service (8 June 2015)
DAMASCUS, Syria (CNS) — Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch, visiting war-torn Syria, condemned “the death of the world’s conscience” in its response to the violence in the Middle East.

Christians Grow Weary Over Rising Threat of Kidnapping in Syria, Iraq
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Arab Christians are viewing with growing concern and revulsion an uptick in kidnappings of both their clergy and civilians as violence worsens in Syria and Iraq.

Patriarch Calls Lives of Middle East Christians ‘Bad’ and ‘Less Bad’
Catholic News Service (22 July 2015)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Christians in the Middle East are facing difficulties ranging from “bad” to “less bad,” said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

Pope Begs Governments to Act to Stop Anti-Christian Persecution
Catholic News Service (31 August 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — ”Do something to put a stop to the violence and oppression,” Pope Francis asked the international community after calling attention once again to the fate of persecuted Christians, especially in the Middle East.

More Must Be Done to Help Middle East Christians, Say Speakers
Catholic News Service (14 September 2015)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — More must be done to help the beleaguered Christians of the Middle East, said speakers at an 11 September dinner marking the end of the In Defense of Christians convention in Washington.

Patriarch: Holy Land Christians “Pray, Weep, Suffer and Wait” With Jesus
Catholic News Service (26 September 2015)
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Christian families in the Holy Land bear their daily suffering with hope, knowing that the cross is the cost of following Christ, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

Pope, Synod Join in Prayers for Peace in Middle East
Catholic News Service (9 October 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Gathered with a worldwide representation of bishops, including patriarchs and other bishops from the Middle East, Pope Francis dedicated the morning prayer of the Synod of Bishops on the family to pleas for peace in the Middle East.

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Picture of the Day: Remembering Christians in the Middle East
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Picture of the Day: Christians in the Muslim World
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"War on Christians"?
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Picture of the Day: Syria Before the Turmoil
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Picture of the Day: Syria's Christians
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Peace, Justice and Forgiveness
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Picture of the Day: Praying in the Holy Land
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Picture of the Day: Maintaining Hope in Tough Times
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The Crisis of Christians in Syria
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Picture of the Day: Syria's Valley of Christians
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Picture of the Day: Egypt's Deep Christian Roots
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Picture of the Day: A Christian Village
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Picture of the Day: A Refuge in Lebanon
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Hospitality in Hmoud
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Picture of the Day: A Church Restored
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Picture of the Day: The Syriac Orthodox Church
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A New Exarch in the Old City
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Parsing the Plotlines
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"We Are One With Them in Their Struggle"
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Picture of the Day: Deep Roots in Southern Syria
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Picture of the Day: Sustained by Faith
Palestinian Christians Najwa and George Saadeh pray in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (photo: Nadim Asfour)

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‘Solidarity in Suffering’:
Join Us in Praying for Persecuted Christians

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated this Sunday, the Feast of Christ the King, as a day of prayer for persecuted Christians, and next week as a time to raise awareness.