Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon’

Patriarch to tell NZ of Syrian and Lebanese Christians’ reality

Thursday, October 19th, 2023
desperate Christians

The miserable reality of Syrian and Lebanese Christians’ lives will be presented to New Zealand and Australian audiences next month. His Beatitude Joseph Absi – the Patriarch of Antioch, Alexandria, Jerusalem and all the East – has agreed to be a guest speaker at Aid to the Church in Need’s Night of the Witnesses event Read more

Lebanese people don’t need any more interference, says Pope

Monday, July 5th, 2021
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Lebanese people must be given the opportunity to create a better future for their own country without undue interference, says Pope Francis. The country must remain a “land of tolerance and pluralism” he said as he welcomed Lebanon’s Christian patriarchs to the Vatican last Thursday. Francis prayed the Lord’s Prayer in Arabic before he and Read more

Pope all smiles at first public general audience in 6 months, appeals for Lebanon

Thursday, September 3rd, 2020

Pope Francis held his weekly general audience in public for the first time in six months on Wednesday, smiling and chatting as he re-emerged from the constraints of the coronavius lockdown. The audience, at which the pope announced a day of prayer and fasting for Lebanon, was held in the San Damaso courtyard of the Read more

Catholic charity says Beirut’s children are traumatised

Monday, August 24th, 2020

A group focusing on young people’s needs says Beirut’s children are traumatised and need help. The trauma is a result of the huge explosion that caused at least 180 deaths and 6,000 injuries. Many of Beirut’s children are in need of psychological support, according to a delegation from the heart of the recovery effort. Speaking Read more

Lebanon: Caritas helping amidst apocalyptic scenes

Monday, August 10th, 2020

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand announced on Friday that it will provide urgently needed funding for Lebanon amidst apocalyptic scenes from a massive explosion in the port of Beirut yesterday. Caritas is one of at least sixteen Catholic organizations that have responded to the Aug. 4 explosion at Beirut’s port. As victims in Beirut face an Read more

Peace prize awarded to interreligious group

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

The Lebanese Adyan foundation for interreligious studies and spiritual solidarity has received the 35th Niwano Peace Prize. The prize was established to honor and encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to interreligious cooperation. The Japan-based Niwano Peace Prize Committee says the Foundation has been “a visible and committed actor for peace in Lebanon Read more

Judge rules Muslims: learn Qur’an verses about Jesus, Mary

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Three young Lebanese Muslims tried in a Tripoli court on contempt of religion charges for insulting a statue of Our Lady have been found guilty. Judge Jocelyn Matta ordered them to memorise verses from the holy Qur’an’s Surat Al-Omran. This chapter glorifies Our Lady and Jesus. One of the verses featured hails the Virgin Mary Read more

Melkite bishops want to oust Patriarch – Rome washes hands

Friday, June 24th, 2016

A synod of the Melkite Church has been postponed as half the church’s bishops tried to force the resignation of their patriarch. Ten Melkite bishops boycotted the synod meeting, in trying to get Patriarch Gregory III Laham to go. “I shall not resign,” Patriarch Gregory declared, denouncing the boycott. Without the 10 bishops, the synod Read more

How Isis came to be

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Three years ago, the Islamic State (Isis) did not exist; now it controls vast swathes of Syria and Iraq. Showing off its handiwork daily via Twitter and YouTube, Isis has repeatedly demonstrated that it is much more than a transnational terrorist organisation – rather, it is an entity with sophisticated command, control, propaganda and logistical Read more

People behind the numbers in Syria

Friday, November 8th, 2013

How can so much pain and suffering be inflicted upon a people and no notice taken by those that are inflicting it? Tell me the ideology or political view that outweighs the right to life? Around 9.3 million of Syria’s 23 million inhabitants need aid. The number of people who have lost their homes or Read more