- Jan 28, 2020
The Middle East Council of Churches called for prayer and peace-building initiatives amid escalating tensions in the Middle East and the Arab world.
In a room full of religious leaders, politicians and other supporters of protecting Christians threatened in the Middle East, Sam Brownback, ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, urged more prayer and action to continue supporting persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told religion reporters in a conference call late March 18 prior to his five-day visit to the Middle East that his visit was focusing on security, the economy, threats from Islamic radical terrorists and the need to promote religious tolerance.
Earlier this week the Hungarian government announced that they will be providing nearly $1.7 million in aid to a project aimed at supporting hospitals in Syria – an initiative in step with the country’s longstanding support for persecuted Christians, particularly in the Middle East.
Although the sin of war committed by nations has caused great suffering to Christians in the Middle East, the Catholic Church must bear in mind its own sins, Pope Francis said.
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, said although there is no special religious teaching concerning renewable energy in Catholic tradition, the concept of creation is very important for Christianity.