Middle East patriarchs urge Christian hope at Easter

Author: Doreen Abi Raad

Publication Date: 11/4/2023

Source: National Catholic Reporter

In their Easter messages, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East encouraged the hope of the Resurrection to triumph over suffering in the region.

Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch of the Maronite Catholic church, lamented the economic, social and political crisis crippling Lebanon. The national currency has depreciated by more than 98% since 2019, plunging more than 80% of the population into poverty in the once middle-income country.

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Displaced christians in Syria and Turkey appeal for help

Author: Adam Wesselinoff

Publication Date: 6/4/2023

Source: The Catholic Weekly

Devastated Christian communities across Turkey and Syria are pleading for help this Easter, with the death toll from February’s earthquake, now over 50,000, continuing to rise as rubble is cleared.

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King Charles is perfectly positioned to come to the defence of Christians in Jerusalem

Author: Melanie McDonagh

Publication Date: 9/5/2023

Source: Catholic Herald

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Theophilos III, and the Anglican archbishop of Jerusalem, The Most Reverend Dr Hosam Elias Naoum were centre stage at the Coronation – and it was the holy oil they blessed in Jerusalem that was used for the anointing of King Charles. Today the two of them, the Patriarch beaming and bearded, and the Archbishop a relatively young Arab Christian, wanted to draw attention in London to the bleak situation of Christians in Jerusalem – over a quarter of the population a century ago and less than two per cent now. Cue, wouldn’t you think, for the Defender of the Faith himself, King Charles, to make their case? 

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Churches across UAE hold Easter Vigil services on Saturday

Author: Angel Tesorero

Publication Date: 8/4/2023

Source: Khaleej Times

Several services are being held across various churches in the UAE for Easter Vigil services on Saturday.

At St Mary's Catholic Church on Oud Metha Road, Dubai, which is believed to be the biggest parish in the world that serves over 300,000 churchgoers, thousands of Christian expats attended services that were held in various languages, including Urdu, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Konkani, Singhalese, Arabic, English and Filipino.

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Turkish president wishes Christians happy Easter

Author: Diyar Guldogan

Publication Date: 10/4/2023

Source: Anadolu Agency

Türkiye's president on Monday wished a happy Easter to all Christians celebrating the religious holiday.

"We continue to keep our characteristics of unity, solidarity, and fraternity alive in the Anatolian land, where different beliefs, cultures, and traditions have lived freely in peace and tranquility from past to present.

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How expat families and friends enjoy Easter in Saudi Arabia

Author: Hussan Al-Mayman

Publication Date: 8/4/2023

Source: Arab News

On the Gulf coast in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia near Jubail stands Jubail Church, which can be traced back to the 4th century and is one of the oldest churches in the world.

The church contains two crosses that have been carved into the wall on either side of the middle inner doorway leading from the nave toward the sanctuary — a historical remnant of traces of Christianity before the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Now, thanks to social reforms stemming from Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s cosmopolitan social DNA is revealing itself through the celebration of Easter.

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What is Holy Week and How do Copts Celebrate it?

Author: Marina Makary

Publication Date: 9/4/2023

Source: Egyptian Streets

As Lent – the longest fast of the year in the Coptic Orthodox Church – approaches its end, the church begins to prepare for the holiest time of the year: Holy Week. Passion Week, more commonly known as Holy Week, is the last week of Lent, and the week that precedes Easter.

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Archaeology Gives Clues on Monastic Life in the UAE A new discovery in the Gulf state prompts a reevaluation of the country’s Christian past

Author: Lydia Wilson

Publication Date: 7/4/2023

Source: New Lines Magazine

There have been many names for the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula over the past few millennia. Traces of some can still be found today: Bet Qatraye is how Qatar got its name, although the original region was far larger, encompassing most of the northeast coastline. But other names are now found only in documentary records, such as Tuam, named after St. Thomas, the so-called Apostle of the East. It reflects a part of the Gulf’s history that is largely forgotten: the four centuries or so when Christianity flourished in this region.

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Western-Christians celebrate Easter in Syrian Churches

Publication Date: 9/4/2023

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency

Christians in Syria celebrate Easter in the different provinces freed by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies on 9 April 2023.

Christians that follow the Western calendar celebrated Easter this Sunday by holding prayers and masses at churches in different Syrian governorates.

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Iraq: Christians Might Boycott the Elections

Publication Date: 6/6/2023

Source: FSSPX News

In a joint declaration signed on March 30, 2023, the various Christian religious leaders who make up the Council of Nineveh announce a boycott of the next elections in the event that the representation of Christians and the safeguarding of their interests are not guaranteed.

The fire has been smoldering for several days. Since March 27, 2023, more precisely, the day when the Iraqi parliament approved a series of amendments to the electoral code in force, so as to establish a proportional voting system. Nothing to worry about, as seen in France.

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