Impressions from Gaza: Minority Christians and Hamas

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 13:43

When the Pope visited Bethlehem, in the West Bank, last month, he was less than 100 km (60 miles) away from Gaza. But for the 4,000 Christians in this crowded Palestinian territory along the Mediterranean Sea , he might as well have been on the moon. Like nearly all Gazans, they are barred from leaving the Gaza Strip by Israeli restrictions. An Israeli embargo on supplying many essential goods to them has left the impoverished area unable to repair buildings destroyed or damaged by an Israeli offensive.

Chaldean bishops: “God save Iraq and the Iraqi people”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:09

“Hasn’t Iraq suffered enough, with all the mass assassinations and people being forced to flee their homes?” The Synod of Chaldean Bishops is appealing to the consciences of Iraq’s various components at this horrific moment the country is going through following yet another mass exodus of Christians from the city of Qaraqosh.

The 77-year-old Pope’s tour de force

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:49

The Pope’s health is under the spotlight on principle. Gone are the days when any ailment suffered by a Pope, even if it was serious, was denied or played down because the Vatican’s white-clad resident closed himself away in his apartments; although today, much of the Pope’s daily life is spent under the spotlight, whenever any meeting or event is cancelled, alarm bells start to ring and rumours of all kinds begin to spread. So how is the Pope?

Patriarch Sako: I asked Muslims for a fatwa against sectarian violence

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/30/2014 - 15:35

“Vatican Insider” has interviewed Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, on his visit to the villages that have welcomed the displaced people of Mosul and Qarqosh.
“So far there has been no targeted violence against Christians,” he said.

Caritas Internationalis launches plan to stop spread of Ebola virus

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 11:53

Caritas Internationalis has launched and interventional plan worth $200,000 to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic fever, which is often lethal, has already affected 398 people in the Guinean capital Conakry alone, according to data provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The virus has claimed 264 victims. As the number of reported cases continues to rise, Caritas in collaboration with UNICEF, has moved to intensify preventative measures.

Mosul’s Christians say goodby

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:19

I’ve been reading the headlines from northern Iraq over the past two weeks with an intensifying sense of dread. It’s a feeling very much like the one I have whenever I read about the disappearance of some huge ice sheet in the Antarctic or the extinction of yet another rare species of animal. It’s the feeling that one more valuable ingredient of life on Earth is about to vanish, in all likelihood, forever.

Refugees in Jordan say they never thought they would have to leave home

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 14:34

Desperate to reunite with family in Europe, a young Syrian refugee recently paid thousands of dollars to a human trafficker to help him and his brother travel abroad. Instead, the pair found themselves tricked, half-way on the opposite side of the world -- in China.

Back in Jordan, with their life savings of $34,000 wasted, they almost gave up hope of seeing their mother again and the chance to start a new life.

The courage to label mobsters “adorers of evil”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 13:53

Never before has a Pope said publicly, without mincing words, that “the mafia is excommunicated”. Pope Francis made the declaration from the pulpit, in the land of the mafia. Following his visit to the frontier of Lampedusa, an island inundated by refugees and immigrants, and the journey amongst the unemployed of Sardinia, Francis’ current visit has taken him to the fringes of the country, in Calabria.

"Jordanian front is solid enough to defeat foreign threats"

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 18:36

US President Barack Obama made a statement on Iraq days ago in which he elaborated on the dangers that are associated by the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant(Isil) or as it is more often known as the Islamic State for Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in a subliminal message to remind readers of the Nazi SIS. The American president referred to Jordan as one of the countries that will be targeted by ISIS if not defeated now in Iraq.

Italian confederation awards Patriarch Twal

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 16:17

At its annual meeting on June 10, 2014 in Rome, the Italian Association of Craftsmen, CONFARTIGIANATO, awarded Latin Patriarch of JerusalemFouad Twal its “Janus” prize – in Roman mythology Janus was the god of peace.

The prize, intended to symbolize the strength that animates the artisans and reward their good works, was presented to His Beatitude for his testimony to peace and goodness.