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  • 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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  • In Lebanon, Catholics can’t afford the Church’s culture wars

    In Lebanon, Catholics can’t afford the Church’s culture wars

    Moving around the Catholic world, it’s often striking how the culture wars in the Church over matters such as liturgy and “Amoris Laetitia” are products of affluent and basically stable societies, while places with real wars to worry about have more existential concerns. A visit to a Catholic hospital in Lebanon confirmed the point, where the CEO found questions about its Catholic identity almost impossible to fathom.

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  • Why all of us have a rooting interest in seeing Lebanon succeed

    Why all of us have a rooting interest in seeing Lebanon succeed

    Lebanon’s a small place, home to just over six million people, but it’s a living laboratory experiment for three of the world’s mega-challenges today: Pluralism, with perhaps the most resilient and certainly most nationally influential Christian population in the Middle East; Christian/Muslim relations, with the good, the bad, and even the surreal; and the refugee crisis, with more new arrivals per capita than any place on earth.

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