Posts made in October, 2019

Armenian genocide and religious persecution draw U.S. attention as Syrian refugees arrive in Iraq

Posted on Oct 31, 2019

Kevin Clarke, America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press)

October 31, 2019

According to United Nations officials, more than 180,000 people have been displaced so far by the conflict in northeast Syria’s border zone with Turkey as a second cease-fire brokered by the United States and Russia began on Oct. 29. Kurdish, Christian and Yazidi border communities have emptied as Turkish-aligned Syrian militia take control of the villages.

The terms of the cease-fire give Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, much of what he sought to achieve when he ordered the incursion to begin on Oct. 9, a few days after an already infamous phone conversation with U.S. President Trump: Kurdish fighters withdrew to a distance of 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Turkish border, and Syrian, Russian and Turkish forces have taken positions along the border and have taken control of the zone’s abandoned communities.

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WCC joins calls for a peaceful and just transition in Lebanon

Posted on Oct 31, 2019

29 October 2019

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressed grave concern for people’s rights and well-being in Lebanon.

Hundreds of thousands of people in all regions of the country have been gathering for nearly two weeks in peaceful and widespread anti-government protests. Recognizing the breadth and significance of the public mobilization, Prime Minister Saad Hariri has today announced that he will tender his resignation and that of the government.

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Visit of a Group from “Talking Hands” Association for Deaf People

Posted on Oct 30, 2019

Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch

On October 23, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a group of about 100 deaf people from the Association “Talking Hands”, at Mor Aphrem Monastery in Maarat Saydnaya.

The meeting was attended by their Eminences: Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar of the Patriarchal Archdiocese of Damascus, Mor Boutros Kassis, Patriarchal Assistant and the Patriarchal Delegate in the Archdiocese of Aleppo and Environs, and Mor Yacoub Babawi, Patriarchal Vicar for the Affairs of the Monks and the Administration of Mor Aphrem Theological Seminary in Maarat Saydnaya as well as Fr. Zuhri Khazaal, Priest of St. George Parish in Homs.

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Meet the Christians of Palestine

Posted on Oct 30, 2019

The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy offers a three-minute video featuring several Palestinian Christians.

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Advocate: Turkish forces doing ‘soft’ ethnic cleansing in northeast Syria

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

Dale Gavlak | Catholic News Service

October 28, 2019

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Despite Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly assuring U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that his forces would not persecute religious minorities in northeastern Syria, people on the ground say minorities are being targeted.

Amnesty International reported that the Turkish military and its allied Syrian armed groups have demonstrated a “shameful disregard for civilian life” during the offensive into northeast Syria. A Syrian Christian political leader has joined international condemnation over the attacks and abuses.

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New report details challenges for Christianity in Asia and the Middle East

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

Bronwen Dachs | Catholic News Service

October 28, 2019

Christianity is disappearing from towns and cities in parts of the Middle East, warns a new report from the papal foundation Aid to the Church in Need.

It also said that persecution of Christians “has worsened the most” in South and East Asia.

Urgent action by the international community is needed to prevent more Christians fleeing countries, including Iraq and Syria, said the Oct. 23 report, “Persecuted and Forgotten?” It was based on a 2017-2019 study of the persecution of Christians around the world.

“Each person who leaves makes it harder for those left behind,” it said.

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Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine

Posted on Oct 26, 2019

Christian Media CenterOctober 27, 2019

10.30 am | Holy Mass of the Solemnity of the Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine presided over by HE Mgr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

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One million children praying the Rosary for unity and peace

Posted on Oct 26, 2019

by Nadine Bitar

JERUSALEM – On Thursday, October 17, 2019, and in response to the initiative of the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need, “One Million Children Praying the Rosary for unity and peace in the world”, the Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem invited students from local Catholic schools to pray the Rosary at the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. 171 Students and their teachers from Terra Sancta School, Our Lady of the Pillar School, Schmidt School and Rosary Sisters School have joined on this joyful morning to pray the Luminous Mysteries.

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The “Abraham Path” embraces the rights of Palestinian Children

Posted on Oct 25, 2019

Christian Media CenterA youth march to raise awareness about the rights of Palestinian children to grow in a safe and healthy environment, to learn and to be treated well, took place from the town of Sanur, south of the Governorate of Jenin, to the ancient village of Sabastiya in Nablus Governorate, 15 kilometers away. This youth group comes from various institutions such as “Khatwat”, “UNICEF” and “Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil”.

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Roman Catholic Church presents formal response to “The Church: Towards a Common Vision”

Posted on Oct 25, 2019

World Council of Churches, 24 October 2019 – The Roman Catholic Church has presented a formal response to “The Church: Towards a Common Vision,” the fruit of three decades of international ecumenical conversation about what it means to be the church.

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