Posts Tagged ‘Lebanon’

Peace prize awarded to interreligious group Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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 Comments 0

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

Mixed marriages bring extra challenges Comments 0

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

When Catholics marry someone of a different religion they will face extra challenges — and Church leaders must learn how to help them meet the challenges of these mixed marriages, a Vatican official says. The secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Bishop Jean Laffitte, was commenting on a research project conducted by the Read more

New cardinals show universality of Church Comments 0

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI sent a clear signal about the universality of the Catholic Church when he created six new cardinals on November 24. For the first time in decades, all of the new cardinals came from countries outside Europe. “I want to highlight in particular the fact that the Church is the Church of all Read more

Violence prevents papal mission to Syria Comments 4

Friday, November 9th, 2012

As violence in Syria continues to escalate, the Vatican has called off sending a papal delegation there on a mission of peace. Instead, Pope Benedict XVI has sent Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, to neighbouring Lebanon, to meet pastors and members of the various churches present in Syria. He Read more

Lebanese Muslim leaders welcome Pope Benedict’s visit Comments 0

Friday, September 14th, 2012

On the eve of his visit to Lebanaon, many Shiite and Sunni clerics are putting out the welcome mat to Pope Benedict. The clerics are hoping Benedict’s visit will strengthen coexistence and help allay Christian fears over their fate in a region in tumult. Noting that Muslims and Christians alike have concerns about the rapid Read more

Patriarch’s Palestine message disappears from Catholic website Comments 0

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

The message of Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the spiritual head of Lebanon’s second largest Catholic community, has mysteriously disappeared from a Catholic website, just hours after if first appeared, reports Vatican Insider. Patriarch Gregory III Laham will be the first to address the pope during a welcome ceremony and according to his disappeared statement will ask Read more