• Greek Orthodox patriarch: Christians are not strangers in Middle East

    Greek Orthodox patriarch: Christians are not strangers in Middle East

    • Oct 28, 2017

    At a press conference for the In Defense of Christians 2017 Summit held in Washington, D.C., Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch John X Yazigi argued that Christians in the Middle East were determined to stay there. He said, “The Church is the beacon of truth in this agitated world and we will continue to witness to that truth even if we are hanged on the Cross.”

  • Mideast church leaders look to U.S., but want voice in own destiny

    Mideast church leaders look to U.S., but want voice in own destiny

    • Oct 25, 2017

    Lebanon’s proximity to conflict zones and its hospitality have made it a haven for those fleeing violence. Southern Lebanon shares a border with Israel. Eastern and northern Lebanon borders Syria; from Damascus, Syria to the border with Lebanon is only 15 miles. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, said throughout history, “many of our challenges came from outside Lebanon.”

  • Holy Land Christians must work together, pope tells patriarch

    Holy Land Christians must work together, pope tells patriarch

    • Oct 23, 2017

    Pope Francis told the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem that better cooperation is needed “in supporting Christian families and young people, so that they will not be forced to leave” the Holy Land. “By working together in this delicate area, the faithful of different confessions will also be able to grow in mutual knowledge and fraternal relations,” the pope said.