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

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

    • Oct 14, 2017

    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.

  • Refugees say life is hard, but without the Church it would be impossible

    Refugees say life is hard, but without the Church it would be impossible

    • Oct 13, 2017

    Talking to Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon, it’s obvious that life is hardly a walk in the park. However, to a person they also say that it would be infinitely worse without the assistance of the local Church. The Greek Melkite Archdiocese of Zahle, for instance, is spending roughly $2 million per year to provide housing, food, medication, schooling, and other basic necessities, as Lebanon copes with the world’s largest per capita refugee crisis.

  • Lebanese Church pioneers integration amid mounting native/refugee divide

    Lebanese Church pioneers integration amid mounting native/refugee divide

    • Oct 11, 2017

    Faced with a stunning influx of 1.5 million Syrian refugees in a country whose population was only a little over four million to begin with, Lebanon is struggling to avoid fracturing along native/refugee lines. In the campaign to promote integration between the two groups, few social forces are as active as the Catholic Church, as both a school and a free meal service in the city of Zahle illustrate.

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