- May 27, 2020
Amid the hardships being experienced by Syrian refugees in Lebanon today, 32-year-old Sana Samia of the Greek Melkite Archdiocese of Zahlé is a small miracle.
Three young Muslim men who were found guilty of desecrating a statue of Mary were ordered by a Lebanese judge to memorize passages from the Quran that praise the mother of Jesus.
Although people in the United States are preparing for the annual March for Life in Washington and other cities, no such preparations are underway in Lebanon, where abortion continues to be a taboo issue.
So far Pope Francis and his Vatican team have been strikingly silent, at least in public, on the latest cycle of street protests and violence in Iran. By no means, however, should that suggest they’re not following the situation closely.
Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East — with hope, despite uncertainty in the region — called for peace, security, prayer and solidarity at Christmastime.
ROME— Pope Francis prayed for an end to the “painful poverty caused by war and conflict,” particularly in the Middle East, naming Lebanon in particular, after the political crisis sparked by the sudden resignation of the country’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, on a visit to Saudi Arabia. “Today, I would