» 03/16/2013, 00.00
Crisis between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch
Jerusalem appoints Archimandrite Makarios as metropolitan of Qatar even though the latter comes under the jurisdiction of Antioch and already has a bishop. From Balamand (Lebanon), the Synod of Greek Orthodox bishops is threatening to take action, such as breaking the Accord of Geneva that regulates relations between Orthodox Churches.
30/06/2015 LEBANON – MIDDLE EAST
The ecumenism of blood and Orthodox divisions
At a time when Christians, Catholics and Orthodox, suffer persecution in the Middle East, the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch decided to break the communion with the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Their rivalry is not theological, but jurisdictional, over the faithful in Qatar. The pan-Orthodox Synod is being held up by the jealousy of Russian Orthodox. Having a common date to celebrate Easter is important.
11/10/2010 VATICAN – MIDDLE EAST
Church in Israel and Arabia, mission and religious freedom
Christians must leave their ghetto and stop being inward looking. They bear witness through their work, pilgrimages and daily ecumenical work. The Vicariate of Arabia is home to more than 100 nationalities. Despite the lack of full religious freedom, the Church is alive.
02/09/2008 MIDDLE EAST
In Damascus, surprise four-party summit on Middle East
French president Nicolas Sarkozy arrives in the Syrian capital tomorrow. It has been announced that the following day, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, will arrive.
For Patriarch Rahi, "Lebanon’s glory" is necessary for peace and stability in the Middle East
The head of the Maronite Church is concerned about developments in the Arab world. He said he would focus on young people for the future of the “Church and Lebanon”. Top state officials from various factions attend the investiture ceremony. Following in the footsteps of John Paul II and Patriarch Sfeir, he speaks out in favour of a pluralistic nation.
16/06/2017 12:58:00 ISLAM-MIDDLE EAST
Terrorism and migrants: A much needed discussion between Muslims and Christians (Part 2)
Salafis, Wahhabites and Muslim Brotherhood respond to crisis in Islam with a return to the origins and a war against the "infedels." Their belief is similar to that of Al Qaeda and Daesh. War between Sunnis and Shiites. Saudi Arabia's proselytism and the spread of the fundamentalist mosques. Once a model to imitate, Europe has become an example of "decadence" to be fought against
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