- Dec 14, 2019
The Vatican is holding fast at a time when many voices on both sides of the Israeli/Palestinian divide are declaring the idea of two-state solution off the table, saying it’s time to move on.
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.
If the pontiff does end up going to Iraq in 2020, it may be Francis’s best shot at the title of “most important papal trip of all time.”
Speakers at a July 18 conference in Washington argued that restoring churches in violence-plagued sections of the Middle East will help foster the return of Christians who fled the strife, as well as introduce greater stability to the region.
Pope Francis says Angelus in Italian city still recovering from earthquakes.
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.