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Christians in the Middle East

Everything concerning the life of Christians in the Middle East: saints, traditions, liturgy, persecution, and current affairs.

Christians in Iraq still have many hurdles before they can get home

Kurdish and Iranian-backed militias and a resurgent ISIS are just a few of the impediments, witnesses say at USCIRF hearing.

New York Times features mass wedding of Maronite Christians in Lebanon

Catholic Patriarch Béchara Boutros Rai presides over union of 34 couples.

American Evangelicals meet with Saudi crown prince

Religious freedom was one issue discussed when US religious figures met Mohammed bin Salman.

Catholic church inaugurated on Arabian peninsula

Archbishop thanks Sultan of Oman for permits to build St. Francis Xavier in Salalah.

Building bridges in the Holy Land: “There is a Christian way of living with this conflict.”

The administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem talks to Aid to the Church in Need about hopes for peace in the Holy Land.

Pope Francis blesses 6,000 rosaries for Syrian families

The rosaries will be distributed among a number of different Christian communities in Syria on September 15, the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Christians in northeast Syria fear Turkish invasion

Turkey apparently wants to rout the Kurds across the border, but Syriac population is in the middle.

Catholics and Russian Orthodox collaborate to help Christians in the Middle East

These joint projects are to be “the direct fruit of the meeting between pope and patriarch,” as the representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate and ACN declared.

In Iraq, a new Catholic hospital and university bring hope to an embattled Christian community

 For more than three years, the Archdiocese of Erbil hosted more than 120,000 Christians who fled the 2014 onslaught of ISIS on the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq.

UK report urges sanctions on countries that persecute Christians 

“Evidence suggests that acts of violence and other intimidation against Christians are becoming more widespread.” 

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