Sisi congratulates Egyptian Christians abroad on Easter Sunday

Publication Date: 16/4/2020

Source: Egypt Today

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Thursday congratulated the Egyptian Coptic Christian communities abroad on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 19th. For Christians, it marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Patriarch Sako: Pandemic strengthens Islamic-Christian spirituality and solidarity

Publication Date: 23/4/2020

Source: AsiaNews.it

During the coronavirus emergency, even in Iraq "there have been episodes of great help and solidarity between Christians and Muslims", a "human and social proximity" that has materialized "in many ways: in the same neighborhood a richer person distributes food bags to the needy”.

This is what the Chaldean primate, Card Louis Raphael Sako, tells AsiaNews, recounting the situation of the Arab country in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has so far caused almost 1700 infections and 83 official victims. "Even the Iraqi Church - added the cardinal - worked hard by donating 90 thousand dollars, distributed to the various parishes and that the priests used to help people, without distinction of religion".

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Al-Azhar Sheikh says proud of Muslim-Christian ties in Egypt

Publication Date: 19/4/2020

Source: Egypt Today

Ahmed Al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Egypt’s highest Islamic authority congratulated Christians in the northeastern African country on Easter Sunday, and said he appreciates the bond of “brotherhood and love” between Muslims and Christians in Egypt.

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Doha Christians mourn the death of Bishop Ballin, Vicar of northern Arabia

Publication Date: 14/4/2020

Source: AsiaNews.it

Catholics in Persian Gulf countries are mourning the death of Bishop Camillo Ballin, Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain). The prelate passed away at the Comboni Generalate in Rome, a few weeks shy of 76th birthday, on Easter Sunday following a long illness.

The Italian-born prelate was a leading Church figure in the mostly Muslim Gulf region. In a note sent to AsiaNews, Doha Catholics underlined his “life spent entirely in the service of God" and his illness, which he “carried with faith” and led him “into the glory of paradise”.

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Muslims and Christians share Ramadan spirit in Cairo

Author: Mohamed El-Shamaa

Publication Date: 2/5/2020

Source: Arab News

CAIRO: Christians in Cairo have been sharing Ramadan traditions and rituals alongside their Muslim neighbors, including donating to charity and enjoying iftar meals at sunset.

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COVID-19: Christians in UAE use technology for worship, prayer meetings

Author: Alex Abraham and Ashfaq Ahmed

Publication Date: 31/3/2020

Source: Gulf News

When the coronavirus outbreak took place and places of worship in the UAE were closed as a precautionary measure, Christians in the country wondered how they would attend regular worship services or prayer meetings.

Two weeks on, most people are worshipping, attending prayer meetings and holding Bible classes from the comfort of their homes thanks to the use of technology. In fact, attendance to many of the prayer meetings has grown online because people are not limited by time and space. Without having to budget time for tackling traffic or looking for parking in crowded areas, the faithful can now hear a sermon or take part in a prayer meeting along with the entire family from their home by logging in to an app or visiting the church website.

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Coronavirus forces Egypt’s Coptic Christians to celebrate easter at home

Publication Date: 19/4/2020

Source: Egypt Independent

As Egypt stems the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the country’s Coptic Christians and eastern orthodox churches have been forced to celebrate Easter on Sunday within their homes amid the closure of monasteries and churches.

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Subdued celebration of Easter as Lebanon’s Christians cope with COVID-19 lockdown

Author: Samar Kadi

Publication Date: 12/4/2020

Source: The Arab Weekly

Lebanese Christians’ celebration of Easter this year was different from any previous Easter celebration. The COVID-19 lockdown meant there was no one going to church, no family reunions and no Easter egg hunts for children.

All churches have been closed since March 15 and Christian shrines that are normally visited by the faithful are shuttered, as authorities seek to forestall the spread of the deadly respiratory disease.

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Istanbul middle school pressures students into religious conformity

Author: Ferhat Yaşar

Publication Date: 19/2/2020

Source: Duvar  

The administration of the İsmail Tarman Imam Hatip Middle School pressures students into religious conformity, parents of the central Istanbul school claim. One parent, whose daughter is Christian, is forced to attend an Islam-focused religion class. Another parent says that teachers tell female students to avoid laughing, dressing “chic” and social media.

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Lebanon’s economic collapse spells doom for Mideast Christians

Author: David J. Malloy, Gregory Mansour and Abdallah Elias Zaidan

Publication Date: 2/3/2020

Source: New York Post

Last month, the US Senate confirmed America’s new ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea. She will need all the help she can get. Although the ambassador is well-respected for her regional expertise, she is dealing with a country on the verge of economic “implosion,” according to the World Bank, and one mired in formidable humanitarian and security challenges. Lebanon’s Christian community, the largest in the Middle East (excluding Egypt), is at risk.

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