• Papal trip less important than ‘facts on the ground,’ Middle East Christian leader says

    Papal trip less important than ‘facts on the ground,’ Middle East Christian leader says

    • Feb 24, 2017

    Speaking about the situation of Christians in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, Syriac Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan acknowledged that if he had children, he too would be trying to flee the region, despite the efforts being expended by the Catholic Church, which include guaranteeing that refugees have a roof over their heads and not just a tent.

  • Knights of Malta say they’ll refocus on helping migrants, refugees

    • Feb 2, 2017

    Leaders of the Knights of Malta said on Thursday that a recent power struggle involving Pope Francis and the Vatican took its toll, including on fundraising, but now they’re determined to shift the focus back to their humanitarian mission, especially with immigrants and refugees.

  • Pope’s takeover of Knights of Malta brings chance for needed reform

    Pope’s takeover of Knights of Malta brings chance for needed reform

    • Jan 29, 2017

    Far from being an autocratic intervention in the affairs of a ‘sovereign’ state, the pope’s decision to appoint a delegate to govern the Order of Malta following the resignation of its Grand Master reflects his duty of care to a Catholic organization in need of serious reform. Despite attempts to portray Francis as an autocrat, he’s doing no more than what popes have always done for Catholic groups in similar circumstances.