Christians Targeted in Turkey’s Strategy of Syria Displacements

Author: Engy Magdy

Publication Date: 28/10/2021

Source: The Tablet

There appears to be no end in sight for the suffering of Christians in North Syria, as Turkey and its allies in the region continue military escalation and bombardment, pushing remaining Christians to flee and preventing others from returning to their homes and properties.

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Vatican official: Bombs have not destroyed faith of Syria’s Christians

Author: Cindy Wooden

Publication Date: 27/10/2021

Source: Catholic News Service

While much of the world has forgotten about the war in Syria and the extreme poverty plaguing most of its people, Pope Francis has not forgotten the Syrian people and the Christians there who continue to witness to the faith, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

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Churches in the Middle East: “Many Christians continue to serve among the refugees”

Author: Jonatan Soriano

Publication Date: 15/10/2021

Source: Evangelical Focus

Churches in Jordan and Lebanon have opened their doors to Afghan refugees, despite the crisis in their own countries. In the last decade, the Middle East has become one of the regions hosting the largest number of displaced people in the world. Most of them are from the neighbouring area, as a result of the war that has been ravaging Syria since 2011, but there are also many arriving from further afield, such as Afghanistan.

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Christian prisoners of conscience ask: ‘Where can I worship after I’m released?’

Publication Date: 27/10/2021

Source: Article 18

Three Iranian Christians serving long prison sentences for their membership of a house-church have written a joint letter and recorded video statements, asking where they should worship once they are released.

As the three Christians, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Behnam Akhlaghi, and Saheb Fadaie, point out, the churches of Iran’s recognised Christians of Armenian and Assyrian descent are not permitted to welcome Persian-speaking Christians like them, so their only option is to worship in their homes in what have become known as “house-churches”.

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Vatican cardinal visits Syria in 10th year of civil war

Author: Hannah Brockhaus

Publication Date: 25/10/2021

Source: Catholic News Agency

A Vatican cardinal is visiting Syria during the 10th year of the civil war that has devastated the country and led many Christians to flee.

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, will travel to Syria from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, after the trip was postponed from April 2020.

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Lebanon’s Christians Resist Exodus from Worst Economic Collapse in 150 Years

Author: Jayson Casper

Publication Date: 29/10/2021

Source: Christianity Today

Their middle-class salaries now worth peanuts, evangelicals struggle to maintain a faithful presence amid debate over serving God elsewhere.

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Lebanon's Christian leader Geagea in crosshairs with Hezbollah

Author: Idris Okuyucu

Publication Date: 28/10/2021

Source: Anadolu Agency

Samir Geagea believes that Lebanon will not have bright future unless Hezbollah is disarmed

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Archbishop Hanna warns of declining number of Christians in Middle East

Publication Date: 14/10/2021

Source: Middle East Monitor

The Head of the Sebastia Diocese of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Atallah Hanna, yesterday warned that the number of Christians emigrating from the Middle East has reached unprecedented levels, calling to preserve this important component in the region.

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