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Religious freedom advocates and medical practitioners have expressed concerns about the COVID-19 response in northeast Syria. “There is a quadruple threat to religious freedom and the fight against...
Before the Syrian Civil War, more than 20,000 Christian families lived in the Al-Jazeera region, on the border with Turkey in northeastern Syria. Many of these Christians are the descendants of those...
Baghdad’s parish priests have decided to donate their salaries to help the poor and the people most affected by the new coronavirus pandemic. Their contribution, that should result in about 25...
It seems that Iraq is not an issue in the political forces plan in general! And that citizens are not the subject of attention and follow-up. Iraq is only a geography, and not an afflicted people...
Seven years after the announcement of the kidnapping "which hit the hearts of all Christians", the kidnapping of the two bishops and the murder of their driver is still shrouded in mystery and " no...
Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East, in Easter messages from churches barren of the faithful due to the coronavirus, lamented the scourge of the pandemic while evoking the hope of the Resurrection...
A top Catholic humanitarian group expressed concern for the tens of thousands of Iraqis displaced inside their country and dependent on assistance, because access to them has become severely...
Archbishop Paul Hinder has appealed for a ceasefire in Yemen where Covid-19 could prove calamitous. The Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia and Yemen, Archbishop Paul Hinder, has issued an appeal for...
Middle East Council of Churches Secretary General Dr. Souaraya Bechealany sent the following message dated April 14, 2020 to Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Antonio Guterres welcoming the...
The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) has distributed barley seeds to 600 farmers in Dara’a Governorate in order to support the agricultural sector. The distributed seeds are sufficient to plant...
Following is the full text of the homily delivered by Bishop Paul Hinder, the Roman Catholic Vicar Apostolic in the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia for Easter Vigil 2020: Many years ago, I was...
Bishop Camillo Ballin, the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia passed away on Sunday, April 12 at the age of 76. Bishop Ballin was born in Fontavia, Italy on June 24, 1944. He was an Italian Roman...
Churches closed, Masses and celebrations prohibited to the faithful as in most of the world, but followed with attention and participation on the internet and the fear of a spread of the pandemic...
In the days preceding Easter, Christians "are not able to celebrate these important liturgical events" as they used to do annually due to the current situation, but "they keep praying at their homes...
The Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in Damascus issued the following statement dated April 4, 2020: To all our beloved children of the Antioch Church, clergy, monastics,...
With nine years of conflict that has killed over 380,000 people and accounted for more than 12 million displaced persons and refugees, the situation in Syria has become even more desperate, with the...
For 25 years, Stephen Rasche served as an international lawyer - traveling the world for commercial work. But in 2015, at the request of Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, he made the decision to...
Lebanese Saint Charbel, together with the Lombard San Riccardo Pampuri, will be co-patron of the new hospital set up in record time in the building of a large trade fair and exhibition center in the...
More than three years on from the defeat of Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq are as determined as ever to rid their towns and cities of Christians – according to a senior bishop, who has warned of a surge in...
Lebanon’s Churches are adjusting to the restrictions imposed on Holy Week by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “picturesque and colourful" processions of Palm Sunday have been cancelled. Liturgical services...