Sep 11, 2013 - 04:46 pm .- Lasting peace in the Holy Land and throughout the Middle East requires respect for human rights, including a vigorous freedom of religion, said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington, D.C.
Aug 30, 2013 - 12:06 am .- The cardinal who heads the Vatican’s interreligious dialogue department said that religious differences in the Middle East do not necessitate violence.
Jul 2, 2013 - 12:13 pm .- In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear disarmament, as well as peace between Israel and Palestine.
Jun 21, 2013 - 03:30 pm .- The head of a papal agency that gives assistance to Christians in the Near East says local Muslims are largely positive towards their Christian neighbors and even appreciative of their presence.
Jun 21, 2013 - 01:00 pm .- Considering the plight of Christians in Syria and across the Middle East, Pope Francis advised aid agencies for Christians in the region to ground their work in prayer and the sacraments.
Jan 29, 2013 - 12:03 am .- A group of 30 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders signed a statement urging the Obama administration to work for a “viable two-state peace agreement” in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Jan 4, 2013 - 02:03 am .- Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join the many Christians who have already left the Middle East.
Jan 2, 2013 - 06:15 pm .- A Christian pastor who spent nearly three years in an Iranian prison for his religious conversion was reportedly arrested again on Christmas Day, contrary to a previous agreement.
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:20 am .- The U.S. bishops’ leader on international peace issues said that dialogue is the path to a peaceful resolution of nuclear concerns between the United States and Iran.
Nov 2, 2012 - 01:30 pm .- A delegation from the U.S. bishops’ conference that recently visited the Middle East believes that the Syrian refugee crisis is getting worse and that without increased aid to surrounding countries it could become a disaster.
Oct 19, 2012 - 01:13 pm .- The Vatican’s spokesman is condemning the car bomb attack in Beirut which killed a leading Lebanese security official and seven other people while wounding dozens.
Oct 17, 2012 - 04:41 pm .- Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of a papal delegation to Syria that will voice “fraternal solidarity” with the Syrian people and encourage peace amid the country’s violent conflict.
Oct 11, 2012 - 09:10 am .- A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has voiced “sympathy and solidarity” towards Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Muslim activist critically injured by Taliban gunmen who said they shot her for her advocacy of girls’ education and Western culture.
Sep 15, 2012 - 07:01 am .- Catholic leaders and scholars have denounced the violence that killed a U.S. ambassador and several other Americans in Libya, as well as ongoing clashes throughout the Middle East.
Sep 14, 2012 - 05:07 pm .- Pope Benedict described fundamentalism as “a falsification of religion,” which goes against its true purpose as “an invitation to share God’s peace throughout the world.”
Sep 13, 2012 - 08:52 am .- The Vatican voiced its “firmest possible condemnation” of the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans including the ambassador to the country.
Sep 12, 2012 - 05:09 pm .- Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle East to help create peace in the troubled region.
Sep 10, 2012 - 12:42 pm .- Amid continued pressure from the international community, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after nearly three years of facing the threat of execution for his religion.
Sep 10, 2012 - 12:07 pm .- Christians and Muslims will come together for a prayer vigil on Sept. 12 to invoke the protection of God and the Virgin Mary over Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming visit to the country this week.
Jun 21, 2012 - 02:03 am .- One of Syria's most senior Catholic bishops believes his country can still regain the path to peace and reform despite the armed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad now entering its 16th month.
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