Iraq: Full of Historic Sites Important to Understanding Christianity

Author: Dale Gavlak

Publication Date: 17/2/2021

Source: The Tablet

Pope Francis hopes to embark on the first-ever papal visit to the biblical land of Iraq in early March in a spiritual pilgrimage of sorts to the place known in Arabic as the “land of the two rivers” — the mighty Tigris and Euphrates — and once renowned as Mesopotamia, the “cradle of civilization.”

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An Abandoned Village Bears Witness to Lebanon’s Famines – Old and New

Author: Timour Azhari

Publication Date: 15/1/2021

Source: NewLines Magazine

The Memory Tree honors victims of the terrible famine that wiped out a third of the country's population over 100 years ago. It also hints at ongoing societal failures

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Will the first Christian temple be built in Saudi Arabia?

Author: Elsie Powers

Publication Date: 13/2/2021

Source: Randrlife

Interview with BP. Paul Hinder OFMCap – From May last year. Apostolic administrator of northern Arabia.

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Israel and Palestinian authorities must work together over Covid-19 vaccine

Author: Ferdie Rous

Publication Date: 22/1/2021

Source: Catholic Herald

The bishops of the 2021 Holy Land Co-ordination (HLC) urge Israeli and Palestinian leaderships to reopen “dialogue between all sides”.

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UAE home to 76 non-Muslim places of worship

Publication Date: 6/2/2021

Source: Khaleej Times

The UAE, which was founded on the principles of tolerance and peaceful coexistence, is home to 76 places of worship for non-Muslims.

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Maronite Christians and the Third Way

Author: Anthony Elghossain

Publication Date: 18/1/2021

Source: NewLines Magazine

After more than a millennium, the Maronites of Lebanon are still here — along with all their contradictions

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The Muslims and Christians rebuilding Mosul’s old city (Video)

Author: Daisy Walsh and Gabriel Chaim

Publication Date: 5/2/2021

Source: BBC

More than three years after the devastating battle to reclaim Mosul, from the group calling itself the Islamic State, its old city still lies in ruins.

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Beirut, Christian and Muslim leaders call for a government of national unity

Publication Date: 28/1/2021

Source: AsiaNews

In a joint statement, the leaders of the main communities accuse the ruling class of "toying with the fate of the nation". Ecclesiastical sources report the approval of the Maronite patriarch and the main Shiite and Sunni leaders. The attack on those who "slow down any attempt at reconciliation".

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Meet Egypt’s Christian soccer team

Author: Nada Shaker

Publication Date: 14/2/2021

Source: Al-Monitor

Je Suis (I Am) Club is the first football team established initially to fight sectarian discrimination against real talents in Egypt. Mina Bendary, a Christian soccer player, is the founder of the team. Although Bendary is a talented soccer player, he suffered repeated rejections from clubs in the Alexandria governorate.

He succeeded in playing on the Alexandrian Union Club in 2015, but he was asked to play under the name "Ibrahim" because Mina is known as a Christian name. He played with the club for six months and was registered with the Egyptian Football Association.

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Lebanon’s top Christian cleric lashes out at ‘stubborn and destructive’ officials

Author: Najia Houssari

Publication Date: 24/1/2021

Source: Arab News

Lebanon’s top Christian cleric lashed out at “stubborn and destructive” officials on Sunday for blocking the formation of a new government.

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