Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians – 22 May

Please join us for the annual International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians, on Sunday 22 May, when Eastern and Western Christians come together in prayer during Easter. We pray for peace in the world, especially in the Middle East. May the Christians in these lands be strengthened in their faith so that they may […]

Pope Francis receives Iraqi Church leaders

Published courtesy of Vatican News 28 February 2022 Meeting a delegation of Iraqi Church religious leaders on Monday, Pope Francis encourages the local Christian communities to continue promoting dialogue so as to build fraternity and counteract extremism and fundamentalism. By Lisa Zengarini Pope Francis on Monday received in audience Representatives of the Christian Churches in […]

Impact of Taliban takeover

Iraqi Archbishop ‘concerned’ over local impact of Taliban’s Afghan takeover The Archbishop of Erbil expresses his concern over the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, saying the upcoming withdrawal of remaining US troops from Iraq could have a negative impact on Christians and other minorities in Iraq. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil is concerned that […]

New Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia

Armenian Synod elects new Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia The Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church, meeting this week in Rome, has elected Raphaël Bedros XXI Minassian as the 21st Catholicos-Patriarch. A ringing of bells in the patriarchal convent of Bzommar, Lebanon, announced the election of the Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics: His Beatitude Raphaël François […]

Patriarch Raï: “Lebanese people are similar to a flock without a shepherd”.

The Patriarch entrusts the nation to St. Charbel Diman (Agenzia Fides). The Lebanese people, hungry and bent by the crisis, appear similar to a flock without a shepherd. And in the state of prostration in which they find themselves, also due to the inadequacy of their political leaders, they can always count on the intercession […]

Lebanon church leaders plan ‘summit’ for recovery road map

13 JULY 2021, THE TABLET By Catherine Pepinster. Church leaders in Lebanon are planning to hold a summit with Muslim leaders about the future of the troubled nation, as part of a “road map” given to them by Pope Francis, according to Maronite patriarch Cardinal Béchara Rai. According to Cardinal Rai, the leaders were offered […]

Lebanon’s delicate religious balance at risk amid ongoing crisis

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CRUX 08/07/2021 – ROME In addition to Lebanon’s political and financial woes, another major challenge the country faces, according to Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, is the issue of refugees and the religious imbalance their presence represents. Speaking to participants in a July 8 webinar organized by the Fellowship and Aid to the Christians of the […]

Pope’s prayer for Lebanon: May we sink our roots in the dream of peace

Vatican News 08/07/2021 At the end of a World Day of prayer and reflection for Lebanon, in which Lebanon’s Christian leaders joined Pope Francis in the Vatican, the Pope prays for peace in the strife-ridden nation and asks that the people of Lebanon turn to their roots, as it is from there that flowers bloom. […]

Lebanon’s Christian leaders around the Pope in prayer for the nation

Vatican News 01/07/2021 Christian leaders of Lebanon gathered around Pope Francis in the Vatican on Thursday for a Day of Prayer and Reflection for Lebanon. By Robin Gomes Some 10 senior leaders of the various Christian Churches and communities of Lebanon, along with their delegations, have arrived in the Vatican for a day of prayer […]