Archbishop’s message on Middle East conflicts

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, You would have read of the ongoing tragedies in the Middle East, particularly in Gaza and Iraq. The small territory of Gaza has been devastated by weeks of war between Israel and Hamas. Even UN shelters for civilians have been shelled and are in ruins. In Iraq, extremists calling [...]

We Must Not Resign Ourselves To Imagining A Middle East Without Christians

Vatican City, 21 November 2013 (VIS) – “The memorable Vatican Council II also had the merit of explicitly mentioning that in the ancient liturgies of the Oriental Churches, in their theology, spirituality and canonical discipline ‘there remains conspicuous the tradition that has been handed down from the Apostles through the Fathers and that forms part [...]

Funeral For Flood Victims In Sardinia

Vatican City, 21 November 2013 (VIS) – Yesterday afternoon Archbishop Angelo Becciu, substitute of the secretary of State, attended the funeral held in the city of Olbia in Sardinia, Italy, for the victims of the recent flood. The prelate, of Sardinian origin, gave an address at the end of the rites. “As a son of [...]

Appeal For Syria And The Middle East: Raise A Cry For Peace

Vatican City, 4 September 2013 (VIS) – “This coming Saturday we will experience together a special day of fasting and prayer for pace in Syria, the Middle East”, said the Pope at the end of the catechesis of today's general audience. “I renew my invitation to all the Church to live this day intensely, and [...]

Pope Receives President Of Lebanon: Focus On Dialogue Between Various Lebanese Communities, Syria, Refugees, And Situation Of Christians In Middle East

Vatican City, 3 May 2013 (VIS) – This morning in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father received in audience His excellency Mr. Michel Sleiman, president of Lebanon. President Sleiman then met with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States. During the cordial talks, [...]

Via Crucis: Meditations To Recall Middle East

Vatican City, 29 January 2013 (VIS) – Recalling his trip to Lebanon and inviting the whole Church to remember the problems of and the Christian communities in the Middle East in their prayers, the Holy Father has invited?through his cardinal secretary of state?His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Rai, O.M.M., Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites, to [...]

Prayers For Middle Eastern Christians, And For Children

Vatican City, 23 September 2012 (VIS) – In his greetings following the Angelus prayer today, the Holy Father addressed some remarks to French-speaking pilgrims, whom he thanked for their prayers for his recent apostolic trip to Lebanon and, by extension, to the entire Middle East. “Continue to pray for Christians of the Middle East, for [...]