» 09/13/2012, 00.00
IRAQ - LEBANON
Baghdad Archbishop: pope in Lebanon, a sign of "optimism" for the Middle East
On his way to Beirut, Mgr Sleiman says Benedict XVI's visit is "blessing for all of us." He expressed the hope it will not be politicised since the pope is coming to pass on a message of "communion and witness" that calls for "unity and credibility" in the Church of the Middle East so as to give the faithful renewed "hope."
10/09/2012 LEBANON - VATICAN
For Caritas Lebanon president, the papal visit is a sign of hope for 100,000 Syrian refugees
Pontiff will visit the country between 14 and 16 September. Lebanese Christians will be witnesses of peace among Muslims divided by hatred between Alawis and Sunnis.
14/09/2012 LEBANON - VATICAN
Pope: yes to Arab spring, no fundamentalism and weapons
On his way to Beirut, Benedict XVI answers journalists' questions, saying that he is "happy" and "sure" about the trip, and that he never thought of cancelling it. Christians, but also Muslims, are suffering and leaving Syria.
As the liberation of the Nineveh Plains gets underway, Kurdistan bishop waits for Pope Francis
For Mgr Rabban Al-Qas, bishop of Amadiyah, bomb disposal experts are needed to clear mines. The terrorists of the Islamic State have laid scores of them, slowing down the push by peshmerga and regular Iraqi troops. The Kurdish government allocates US$ 12 million for Christian refugees. A possible papal visit is raising hope.
20/08/2014 LEBANON - IRAQ
Patriarch al-Rahi in Kurdistan for the future of Christians and the fight against Islamists
The cardinal makes a short one-day stop in Erbil accompanied by civil and religious leaders. He will meet with Kurdish President Barzani and visit the archbishop's see. The trip will focus on the fate of Christians fleeing jihadists and the possible use of force to repel the Islamist threat. The issue of relations with Islam and interfaith dialogue will also be discussed.
13/05/2014 LEBANON - HOLY LAND
For Mgr Sabbah, Patriarch al-Rahi's presence in the Holy Land will boost Arab Christian identity
The Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem backs the Maronite Patriarch's decision to welcome personally Pope Francis. The Maronites in the Holy Land are a minority that refuses to turn inward.
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