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King Abdullah II to Armenian President: Christians Helped To Build the Arab Civilization PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 October 2014 08:25

altAmman - Christians gave their own contribution to the building of Arab civilization. This is also why the forced displacement of the indigenous Christian communities in the Middle East is a serious problem, which must be curbed in any way possible. This is what King Abdullah II of Jordan said in his talks with the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, who on Wednesday 29 October, at the head of a large and distinguished delegation, began his official visit in the Kingdom of Jordan, the first regarding an Armenian Head of State.

The Catholic Syrian Bishops: If The World Wants To Help Us, Stop Sending Us Weapons! PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 October 2014 07:30

altDamascus  - A severe reminder to the international community so that it puts an end to the arms trade that fuels war and an appeal to the consciences of Christians, so they resist the idea of escaping from their land. These are the strong messages that the Catholic Bishops of Syria wanted to address to the world and to the faithful, in a statement issued at the end of their autumn Assembly. The meeting was held in Damascus on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 October and was attended by the Patriarch of Antioch of the Greek-Melkite, Grégoire III, and 11 Catholic bishops of 6 different rites, along with the Apostolic Nuncio Mario Zenari and Mgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum.

More Than 700 Christian Families Among the Refugees Welcomed In Baghdad PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:41

altBaghdad - There are already at least seven hundred Christian families from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain living as refugees in makeshift housing and accommodation in Baghdad, after being forced to leave their homes due to the offensive of the jihadist Islamic State (IS). This was confirmed in statements sent to Agenzia Fides by Raad Jalil Kajaji, head of the finance Office for Christians, Yazidis, Sabean and Mandaeans, adding that the number of Christian refugees who have arrived in the capital continues to increase day by day, and urges international relief organizations to support the local authorities more vigorously in addressing this humanitarian emergency.

An Armenian baptismal church consecrated on the banks of the Jordan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:32

altAmman – At the end of October, the new St. Garabed Armenian Church will be consecrated in Jordan, on the bank of the Jordan River. This was announced by the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides. The land on which the church stands, not far from the place traditionally referred to as the site of Jesus' baptism - reports the patriarchal statement - was donated by King Abdullah II of Jordan, as was the case of other churches built on the bank of the Jordan.

Syrian Christians, Building Cemeteries Instead of Schools PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 07:11

.- As the civil war in Syria continues its fourth year, Christians who remain in the country’s capital are finding it harder just to get by – even with the help of the Maronite local Church.

“The number of people taking the sacraments is falling from year to year – very sharply,” Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus told Aid to the Church in Need Oct. 24, explaining that he is unable to keep track of how many of his faithful have fled Syria. “In 2012 there were more baptisms and weddings than in 2013. The number of funerals, on the other hand, is rising.”

A New Caritas Center in Karak PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 07:59

altAmman - A new center run by Caritas Jordan was inaugurated yesterday, October 27, in the town of Karak, 130 kilometers south of Amman, one of the poorest areas of the Hashemite Kingdom. The activities of the new center will be animated by a staff of 27 operators, who will enter straight into the action with a "winter campaign" aimed at supporting the poorest families, both Christian and Muslim. The first phase of the "winter campaign" provides for the distribution of spending vouchers to be distributed among the poorest sections of the population in the area. 

ELCA Presiding Bishop Says Land Occupation Is Counter-Productive To Peace, Two-State Solution PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 October 2014 02:39

altCHICAGO (ELCA) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), commended the Obama administration for urging the Israeli government to “reverse its recent declaration as ‘state land’ the estimated 988 acres in the Gush Etzion Jewish settlement bloc in the occupied West Bank.”

As a denomination that “calls for a cessation of all settlement activities and withdrawal from settlements on Palestinian territory to the 1967 boundaries,” Eaton expressed hope that the administration “will continue to pursue this reversal.”

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