Christians in the Middle East Archives - Crux



  • Despair, joy, defiance, and resignation all abound in unique Lebanon

    Despair, joy, defiance, and resignation all abound in unique Lebanon

    In many ways, Lebanon is unique in the Middle East. Christians are a robust 35 to 40 percent of the population, and the country has long had a tradition of power-sharing to make co-existence possible. The country is also, however, surrounded by chaos, and right now the strain of a very large refugee population is pushing both the government and the Church’s resources to the breaking point, which could unleash consequences no one can foresee.

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  • Ending Syria’s war may be easier than rebuilding Christian/Muslim trust

    Ending Syria’s war may be easier than rebuilding Christian/Muslim trust

    Although a bloody conflict in Syria is still smoldering after six long years, bringing it to an end may prove less complicated than going back to the relatively trusting relationships that once existed in the country between Muslims and Christians. Many Syrian Christian refugees say that having watched their Muslim neighbors join in attacking them, it’s impossible to imagine that they’ll ever be able to trust them again.

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  • Have courage, pray fervently, pope tells churches facing persecution

    Have courage, pray fervently, pope tells churches facing persecution

    In a Mass with the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Pope Francis recalled the congregation was founded during the tumultuous time of World War I and that, today, another kind of world war continues to rage with “so many of our Christian brothers and sisters of the Eastern churches experiencing tragic persecutions and an ever more disturbing diaspora.”

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