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 […]

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 […]

Iraq needs ‘secular’ government says cardinal Sako in FACE webinar

27 APRIL 2021, THE TABLET Christians in Iraq will only be able to live safely and securely if religion is separated from the state, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has warned. According to Cardinal Louis Sako, the Christian community continues to suffer discrimination in a country that does not recognise Christians as citizens […]

UN highlight decade of conflict in Syria

PUBLISHED COURTESY OF VATICAN NEWS. The United Nations release a report warning that no single Syrian family has been left unscathed in the decade long war in the country. A UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has said in its latest report that no Syrian family had been left ‘unscathed’ by the conflict in the […]

Chaldean Patriarch: It is wrong to expect Pope to solve Iraq’s problems

PUBLISHED COURTESY OF VATICAN NEWS. The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad urges those writing on social media about Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq to be “more positive and supportive of everything” in order to make it a success. Pope Francis “does not come to Iraq to solve all the problems” of the country. It is […]

Cardinal Sandri invokes intercession of St Maron for Lebanon

PUBLISHED COURTESY OF VATICAN NEWS. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches asks for the intercession of St Maron for crisis-hit Lebanon. By Lisa Zengarini On the occasion of the Feast of Saint Maron, patron of the Maronite Church, on February 9, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, […]

Pope Francis’ programme for Apostolic Visit to Iraq announced.

PUBLISHED COURTESY OF VATICAN NEWS .   The Holy See’s Press Office announces Pope Francis’ schedule for his upcoming Apostolic Visit to Iraq from March 5 – 8. The Holy See’s Press Office announces Pope Francis’ schedule for his upcoming Apostolic Visit to Iraq from 5 – 8 March 2021. Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to Iraq begins on […]

Pope Francis on Human Fraternity: We are all born of the same Father.

PUBLISHED COURTESY OF VATICAN NEWS . Pope Francis highlights the theme of fraternity in a video message for the first International Day of Human Fraternity celebrated on Thursday. He calls for a world of mutual respect, stressing that we can either choose to be brothers and sisters or we lose everything. LINK TO VIDEO MESSAGE: Human Fraternity […]

This is why His Holiness Pope Francis will go to Iraq

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PUBLISHED COURTESY OF VATICAN NEWS Father Rif’at Bader, Director of The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM), provides historical and contextual background to Pope Francis’ scheduled Apostolic Journey to Iraq in March 2021. By Fr. Rif’at Bader Iraq is a sacred country. It was inhabited by prophets, the oldest of whom was Abraham, who […]