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Pope Francis leads synod in praying for peace in the Middle East

Oct 9, 2015 - 04:56 pm .- This morning, Pope Francis offered one of the synod’s daily moments of prayer for peace in the Middle East, and appealed the international community to put immediate interests aside, and find solutions.

No one can play dumb on what's happening in the Middle East, Pope says

Sep 18, 2015 - 06:02 am .- While the international community can't seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the media it's caught the world's attention and can't be ignored, Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Sep 4, 2015 - 12:03 am .- Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians.

Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

Jul 27, 2015 - 08:04 pm .- As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced a new campaign to send humanitarian aid and raise awareness about their plight.

For Middle East Christians, UN indifference is deadly

Mar 5, 2015 - 11:00 am .- Inaction on the part of the United Nations and international community toward the brutality of ISIS has drawn criticism from a refugee and scholar who says the lives of Christians are at risk.

A Middle East without Christians: advocates call for action before it's too late

Feb 25, 2015 - 04:43 pm .- Middle Eastern Christian communities face extinction, and the results for the stability and peace of the region would be devastating, said an advocacy group asking Americans to speak out on their behalf.

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Dec 13, 2014 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church, urging them to work alongside other churches to find solutions.

'Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East'

Dec 12, 2014 - 04:47 am .- Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for publicizing the state of Christians in the Middle East.

Award praises OKC archbishop's 'rallying cry' against black mass

Dec 5, 2014 - 09:35 am .- Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley has received a Catholic leadership award for his prominent opposition to a satanic black mass in his city, as well as his work with Catholic Relief Services.

How Christian division hampers peace, reconciliation in Holy Land

Dec 3, 2014 - 12:47 pm .- The lack of unity among Christians is one of the factors that keeps them from playing a mediatory role in the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, according to the head of the Franciscans in the Middle East.  

Archbishop decries Jerusalem car attacks: 'We are acting like savages'

Nov 6, 2014 - 05:29 pm .- A Melkite-Greek Catholic archbishop has lamented recent car attacks in Jerusalem, saying that such actions are inhuman and tear down society.  

Sheer 'barbarism' against Middle East families must end

Oct 11, 2014 - 03:35 pm .- The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt offers a sign of hope and reconciliation for all families suffering due to armed conflict.  

Vatican advocates sweeping protocol for Middle East peace

Oct 4, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is urging a comprehensive road map for peace in Middle East during meetings between the region's papal nuncio top officials in his office.

Indian migrants in Holy Land unite to celebrate Marian feast

Sep 24, 2014 - 05:10 pm .- Thousands of Indian migrants and other pilgrims in the Holy Land celebrated a special Marian feast day with displays of prayer, devotion and unity.    

The Middle East: A deficiency of love, says Lebanese speaker

Sep 23, 2014 - 04:29 pm .- Beneath the complex and violent situation in the Middle East lies a deficiency of love, said Lebanese-born Christian André Houssney at a recent talk in Boulder, Colo.  

Weapons, low funding hinder Middle East humanitarian aid

Sep 20, 2014 - 07:53 am .- Foreign weapons and a lack of funding are among the serious challenges facing humanitarian response efforts in the Middle East, said participants at a recent conference in Rome.  

Promoting religious freedom is 'root' of Middle East peace

Sep 9, 2014 - 04:29 pm .- Encouraging robust religious freedom is a critical foundation for peace and stability in the Middle East, said panelists discussing the ongoing violence facing Christians in the region.  

Interfaith women's group begs UN to act in Middle East

Sep 1, 2014 - 04:21 pm .- An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering in Iraq and Gaza.  

Pope Francis' interfaith soccer match shows desire for peace

Aug 25, 2014 - 08:03 pm .- A priest and close friend of Pope Francis says the pontiff's idea for an upcoming inter-religious soccer match for peace shows his keen interest in promoting the topic on all levels of society.

Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

Jul 30, 2014 - 08:04 am .- Signed by Vatican secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, a “nota verbale” was sent to all embassies accredited to the Holy See on behalf of Pope Francis, who urged ambassadors to work for peace.

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