Christian refugees in Iraq face up to a bleak Christmas

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/19/2014 - 16:33

David Thamir was having a great time as he played go-karts with other boys. He shrieked, ran and jumped with his companions as they charged around in the vehicles they had made for themselves. It was the sort of joyful and innocent fun which comes naturally to children.

But in this instance, it was also a fleeting moment of respite from the agony of existence. Maybe those watching the children at play gave thanks to God that these little ones had not fully grasped the enormity of the tragedy that had encompassed their lives.

Pope Francis’ role played in the historic thaw in US-Cuba relations

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 17:56

US President Barack Obama and the President of Cuba Raúl Castro have mentioned the crucial role played by the Latin American Pope in achieving a landmark deal between the two countries. Maduro called it a “wonderful gift” on the occasion of Francis’ birthday. The meetings between Kerry and Parolin which preceded the diplomatic breakthrough.

Wasfi Tal tackles religious affairs

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:11

In January 1971, editor-in chief of the "Voice of the Holy Land" magazine (1967-2002) Fr. Raouf Najjar, conducted an interview with then-Prime Minister Wasfi Tal which unveiled his patriotism and his sincerity. At the time, he conveyed good wishes to the Christians marking Christmas celebrations, and talked about the Constitution which enshrines equality and non-discrimination among citizens. Following are some of the answers of the martyred leader which we post on his martyrdom anniversary.

US asks for Vatican’s support to shut Guantanamo down

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:04

In an hour-long meeting with Cardinal Parolin, the US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed a desire for “the Holy See’s assistance in seeking adequate humanitarian solutions for current inmates”.

At a meeting with the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, expressed a desire for the Holy See’s assistance in “seeking adequate humanitarian solutions” for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison. The meeting took place today in the Vatican and lasted an hour.

“Many Christians in the Middle East flee inhumane violence”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/12/2014 - 22:56

Francis meets the Syriac Antiochian community which gathered in Rome for their latest Synod. The Patriarch denounced jihadists, “the fratricidal war” in Syria and last century’s genocide

Many Christians in the Middle East “have fled to seek shelter from an inhumanity that throws entire populations out into the streets, leaving them without any means of survival,” Pope Francis told faithful of the Syriac-Antiochian community led by Patriarch Ignace Youssif III Younan. The community held their Synod - which ran from 8 to 10 December - in Rome this year.

Christian, Muslim leaders vow to 'walk hand in hand' to promote peace

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/07/2014 - 14:13

Catholic, Anglican, Sunni and Shiite leaders vowed to do all they can to combat "ugly and hideous" distortions of religion, and to involve more women -- often the first victims of violence -- in official inter-religious dialogues.

Holding the third Christian-Muslim Summit in Rome Dec. 2-4, the leaders said that while more and more women are involved in high-level dialogues, there is still much to be done, including recognizing that "women play a key role in peace-building."

The 2nd Sunday of Advent

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 12/06/2014 - 22:52

John Shea once wrote a haunting poem about John the Baptist. The poem begins with the Baptist in prison, hearing the dancing above his head and knowing that this is soon to culminate in his being beheaded. Strangely, he’s not too upset. Herod is about to give Herodias’ daughter half his Kingdom and John feels that he might as well die in the bargain, given that he’s only half a man. Why does he feel only half a man? Because, as the poem puts it, he’s only a half-prophet who can only do a half-job. Thus thinks the Baptist:

*. I can denounce a king, but I cannot enthrone one.

Church bells now silent in Iraq

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 17:10

At least 100,000 Christians fled the Plain of Nineveh last summer.

The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group has since invaded northern Iraq and occupies both the churches and homes of Christians. Only the Kurdish autonomous region is still a safe area for Christians and other minorities.