Convenient COVID-19 Closures: The Contrivance of Scotland and Algeria to Close Churches

Author: Miles P.J. Windsor

Publication Date: 6/4/2021

Source: Providence

In Easter Sunday, Christians around the world celebrated the salvation-securing sacrifice of Jesus Christ and his victory over death as he emerged from the tomb. It is a festival laden with significance for Christians, who undoubtedly took the time to reflect on the extraordinary year behind us. In the United States, United Kingdom, throughout Europe, and around the world there have been brief periods in the past year during which churches and other places of worship were shuttered or faced limitations in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Religious meetings and services have been live-streamed with varying degrees of success as believers logged in to the “Temple of Zoom.” Our communities have been scattered. Our connection reliant on connectivity.

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Pope meets with Lebanon’s PM-designate, urges end of crises

Author: Nicole Winfield

Publication Date: 22/4/2021

Source: AP

Pope Francis met with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday and urged all Lebanese political leaders to “urgently commit themselves to the benefit of the nation,” as the country endures a series of crises and disagreements that have prevented the formation of a government.

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Released from Prison, Algerian Christian Persecuted in Tunisia

Publication Date: 4/4/2021

Source: Morning Star News

After Slimane Bouhafs was released from prison in 2018, having served nearly two years for violating Algeria’s blasphemy laws, further persecution drove him to Tunisia.

Threats on his life continue there, and he is stuck in legal limbo – missing his daughter’s wedding on Friday (April 2).

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Lebanon, a haven for Christianity, on the brink of collapse if world fails to act, experts warn

Author: Emily Wood

Publication Date: 15/4/2021

Source: Christian Post

Lebanon, known as a haven for Christianity in the Middle East, is on the brink of financial collapse and teeters on the edge of failed-state status if its path is not quickly reversed, an expert roundtable hosted by a leading Middle Eastern Christians advocacy group warned.

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Morocco Welcomes Christians With Open Arms

Author: Michael Sauers

Publication Date: 3/4/2021

Source: Morocco World News

Christians gear up to celebrate Easter in Morocco as religious freedom is celebrated around the country.

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Hariri: Pope Francis to Visit Lebanon after a Government is Shaped

Publication Date: 22/4/2021

Source: Naharnet

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, that the Pope is willing to visit Lebanon but after Lebanese leaders form a government, noting that parties obstructing the formation “are known to the Vatican.”

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Aleppo Archbishop: Why I Hope in Christ After 10 Easters of War in Syria

Author: Peter Jesserer Smith

Publication Date: 3/4/2021

Source: National Catholic Register

Syria has marked the 10th anniversary of a war that has devastated and impoverished the country and its indigenous Christian population.

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Easter church services go ‘virtual’ in coronavirus-hit Palestine and Jordan

Author: Daoud Kuttab

Publication Date: 13/4/2021

Source: Arab News

  • Rituals in Jerusalem to be either cancelled or held without the faithful for the first time in centuries
  • Church embraces technological tools to transmit images of Holy Week ceremonies in Old City
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Why do churches have mixed attitudes towards the Arab Spring?

Author: Georges Fahmi

Publication Date: 29/3/2021

Source: Open Democracy

Christian leaders in Egypt and Syria opposed the 2011 uprising but now their counterparts in Iraq and Lebanon back reform to protect their flocks.

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New archaeological discovery in St. Hilarion Monastery

Author: Ahmad Abu Amer

Publication Date: 13/4/2021

Source: Al-Monitor

In cooperation with Palestinian experts, a French antiquities mission found graves dating back to the Byzantine era at the site of St. Hilarion in the western Gaza Strip.

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