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Pope to Palestinian leaders: have courage to 'forge peace'

May 25, 2014 - 02:16 am .- Pope Francis began the second day of his Holy Land pilgrimage in a meeting with Palestinian authorities, urging them to work for an end to conflict and violence in the region.

Filmmakers draw attention to plight of Middle East Christians

Feb 19, 2014 - 04:35 pm .- Christians in the West must take seriously their duty to support those suffering in the Middle East, the birthplace of Christianity, said a team of filmmakers working on a documentary about the subject. 

Patriarch: Work with Muslims to promote religious freedom

Dec 15, 2013 - 01:35 pm .- The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church is calling on the faithful to reach out to Muslims in order to foster a common understanding of religious liberty and cooperation in supporting it.

Religious liberty key to peace in Middle East, cardinal says

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.

Vatican cardinal: peace among religions possible in Middle East

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.

US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

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.

Muslims 'people of good will,' head of Catholic aid group says

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.

Pope urges union of faith and charity in Middle East

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.

US called on to support two-state solution in Palestine

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.

Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

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.      

Iranian pastor's Christmas arrest worries religious liberty advocates

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.

US bishop calls for nuclear negotiations with Iran

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.

Bishops' delegation says international support critical for Syrian refugees

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.

Vatican condemns Beirut car bomb attack

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.

Pope sending Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria

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.

Catholic bishop supports girl shot by Taliban

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.

Catholics decry Muslim violence in Libya, Middle East

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.

Benedict XVI: fundamentalism a 'falsification' of religion

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.”

Vatican condemns killing of US Ambassador in Libya

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.

Pope Benedict urges Christians to be 'builders of peace' in Middle East

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.

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