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Lebanese Christian children meet St. Nicholas during a 2018 gift drive by St. Rafka Mission of Hope and Mercy.

‘Adopt a family’ of Christian refugees in Lebanon this Christmas

Dec 14, 2019

By Courtney Grogan

As Lebanon’s economic crisis worsens, a Lebanese priest is asking for people to spiritually and charitably adopt a persecuted Christian... Read more

Syrian Refugees Camp at Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Lebanon on the brink: Syrian crisis threatens 'last safe haven' for Christians

Nov 20, 2019

A new report claims that the Syrian refugee crisis is severely burdening Lebanon’s limited resources and threatens its pluralism, requiring immediate... Read more

US bishops and Knights of Columbus voice solidarity with Iraq, Lebanon

Nov 15, 2019

The U.S. bishops and the Knights of Columbus have professed their solidarity with the people of Iraq and Lebanon, telling... Read more

Lebanese protesters chant anti-government slogans in Jal al Dib Oct. 24, 2019.

Pope Francis encourages anti-corruption protesters in Lebanon 

Oct 27, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Sunday encouraged protesters in Lebanon who have taken to the streets to challenge government corruption and mismanagement of... Read more

Image from the Shrine of St. Charbel.

The Lebanese saint who unites Christians and Muslims

Jul 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

St. Charbel Makhlouf is known in Lebanon for the miraculous healings of those who visit his tomb to seek his... Read more

Cardinal Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Maronite Patriarch, in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 11, 2008

Maronite patriarch emeritus dies at age 98

May 14, 2019

Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, who served as the Maronite Patriarch of Antioch from 1986 to 2011, died Sunday just days... Read more

Raymond Nader.

Lebanese man finds hand of Providence in mystical experience

Jan 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Raymond Nader had spent years searching for the meaning of life, when during a moment of prayer in an old... Read more

CNA's Hannah Brockhaus at Midnight Mass in the Cathedral of St. George in Beirut.

Midnight Mass in Beirut

Dec 25, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

CNA's Hannah Brockhaus reports on celebrating Christmas at Midnight Mass in Beirut, Lebanon.  Read more

Young Chaldean Catholics refugees from Iraq perform a Christmas choral concert in Beirut, Lebanon.

Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic refugees wait to leave Lebanon

Dec 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On the last Saturday before Christmas, a community of Iraqi refugees living in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut gathered together... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Rai.

Analysis: Cardinal Rai begins strategic call for Saudi religious freedom

Nov 28, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The first cardinal to be officially invited to visit Saudi Arabia, Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, has... Read more

Pope Francis with President of Lebanon Michel Aoun in Vatican City.

Pope Francis and Lebanese president talk Syrian war

Mar 16, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

With the 6th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war as backdrop this week, Pope Francis met Thursday morning... Read more

US bishops visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a 'peace pilgrimage', September 2014.

Keep working for peace, US bishops urge as Middle East crises continue

Jan 26, 2016

The multiple crises in the Middle East show the need for continued peacemaking and humanitarian efforts, the U.S. Catholic bishops... Read more

Child labor, sexual abuse, death - the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Jan 14, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The life of a refugee is rarely easy. But it is particularly difficult for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, most of... Read more

The five patriarchs of Antioch at their June 8 meeting in Damascus.

Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Jun 9, 2015

The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while... Read more

Syrian refugees who have settled in Qaa, a village in Lebanon's Bekaa province.

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

Oct 22, 2014

By Elise Harris

At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the... Read more

Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory.

A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

Oct 20, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise... Read more

Selim and Rita El Khoury, Lebanese auditors to the Synod on the Family, speak to CNA Oct. 9, 2014.

Marriage and family issues facing Catholics are not all universal

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris, Hillary Mast

The Synod on the Family has provided an opportunity for people to bring up issues concerning marriage and family life... Read more

Syrian refugees in Lebanon's Bekaa valley stand in line to receive aid.

UN registers Lebanon's millionth Syrian refugee

Apr 4, 2014

The number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon registered with the United Nations has now passed 1 million, as the organization’s... Read more

   Votive candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Bishop details secrecy of Christian conversions in Lebanon

Feb 12, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

According to a local bishop, numerous conversions of Muslims to Christianity occur every year in Lebanon but the true number... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during an in-flight press conference on his way to Lebanon.

Benedict XVI: fundamentalism a 'falsification' of religion

Sep 14, 2012

Pope Benedict described fundamentalism as “a falsification of religion,” which goes against its true purpose as “an invitation to share... Read more