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Middle East – Are Christians Supposed to Live in Fear ? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 07:49

altNAZARETH – Should Christians live in fear arising from the overall situation in the Middle East? More exactly from Daesh? The Latin Family’s Club of Nazareth invited Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, on 28 October, to a meditation get-together about a worrying phenomenon.

Between 150 and 200 persons gathered at St Anthony’s Pastoral Center to listen to Mgr Marcuzzo and share with him emotions, analysis and ideas. Among the participants were Fr Amjad Sabbara, ofm, many members of the Family’s Club of the three Catholic parishes – Latin, Melkite and Maronite – of the city, as well as an impressive number of young people.

What Does It Mean to Pray For Peace? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:58

altREFLECTION – Father David, responsible for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel, was invited to participate in an interfaith evening of prayer for peace in the Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem. The evening, which took place on October 29, 2014, included prayers and reflections by Jews, Christians and Muslims. We publish here Father David’s short address.

We are gathered here to pray for peace, Jews, Christians and Muslims. Together we raise our voices to God our Creator, and in the words that reflect our different but related traditions, we ask God to bless us with peace.

Patriarch Calls for “Peace in Jerusalem” PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:54

altPRESS RELEASE – The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, is very concerned about the outbreak of violence and the rapid deterioration of the situation in Jerusalem. He calls for an immediate return to calm and to search for effective solutions to preserve the sanctity of this Holy City “three times” holy.

Since the conflict in Gaza, Jerusalem has not regained a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. The cowardly murders of Israelis and Palestinians continue and many times the victims are innocent men, women and children. 

Bishop Munib Younan Receives 2014 Civis Mundi Award PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2014 08:03

altWATERLOO, CANADA – On Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, Bishop Munib Younan was awarded the 2014 Civis Muni Award for Global Citizenship by the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in Waterloo, Canada.  The award is being presented to Bishop Younan for his dedication to bringing peace to the Middle East.  The award is given to those who embody global citizenship and who tirelessly work towards peace, justice, and integrity.  The award is in recognition of Bishop Younan’s efforts through both the ELCJHL and the global Lutheran communion to bring peace based on justice to the Middle East.

The Chaldean Patriarch: From Iraqi Premier Full Support to the Christian Communities PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 November 2014 07:52

altBaghdad - A commitment, explicit and personal, to take charge of the defense of the Christian community in Iraq has been expressed by the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider al Abadi, in the afternoon of Sunday, November 2 in a meeting with the leaders of the Christian Churches in Baghdad. This was reported to Agenzia Fides by Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis I, who led the delegation of Bishops and prelates received by the Premier.

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.

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