Aleppo, Syria, Feb 24, 2017 / 12:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nearly three months after the Syrian Army liberated the city of Aleppo from ISIS control, the local population is facing harsh living conditions in a city left in ruins after nearly six years of fighting.In an interview with the French aid organization L´Oeuvre D´Orient, Father Ziad Hilal who carries out his pastoral ministry in Aleppo, said that the cost of living in Syria has gotten more
Aleppo awaits the arrival of Cardinal Zenari. Bishop Khazen: "he will visit hospitals, refugee camps and devastated churches"
Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Syria, is expected to arrive in Aleppo in the early afternoon today, Thursday, January 19, for a visit full of commitments and meetings that will continue until next Monday. The papal representative will also be accompanied by Mgr. Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, until last 31 December Secretary of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. "What begins today - refers to Agenzia Fides Bishop Georges Abou Khazen OFM, Apo
INTERVIEW: ‘Many Muslims Collaborated With Isis in Mosul; Religious Coexistence Will Be Difficult,’ Says Archbishop Nona
The advance continues of the Iraqi army to liberate Mosul, second city of Iraq and bulwark of the Islamic State. The Special Forces that assaulted the government complex of the province of Nineveh, the University district, have reached another bridge over the Tigris, called Hurriya. At this point, close to 80% of Mosul has been liberated.The Jihadists’ counterattacks, last flick of the tail before the capitulation, were quickly repelled by the ar
Iraqi communists pay tribute to Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako I, and thank him for his contribution to national reconciliation and for his continuous efforts to encourage the involvement of all political, ethnic, social and religious components in the management of shared institutions. This is what a delegation of leaders of the Iraqi Communist Party, who visited the headquarters of the Chaldean Patriarchate on Monday, January 9th communi
(Vatican Radio) Commenting on the violence and divisions that have brought fear and mistrust into our world, Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa says “we must look to the child of Bethlehem and in him find ‘my brother’ and learn to accept the other in order to be able to build our lives with him”.Archbishop Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, told Vatican Radio’s Linda Bordoni
"The victims of violence in Syria are all Syrians, Muslims and Christians. And the poor are those who suffer most, those who have not had a chance to escape". While the evacuation of the population from the east districts of Aleppo controlled for years by rebel militias continue with great difficulty, Father Jacques Murad, Syrian monk of the Deir Mar Musa Community, in a statement issued to Agenzia Fides said that a possible authentic recon
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa held a Christmas Press Conference at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem on Monday, December 19.Following is the text of the press conference:I would like to thank you for your presence here today at the Latin Patriarchate, and on behalf of the Universal Church, I wish you a Christmas full of blessings, joy and love! In our region surrounded by wars,
Chaldean Patriarch to other Churches: let us not proceed in a random order. Let us be united as "Christian member"
Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The emergency situation that the entire Iraqi nation is facing also calls Christians not to proceed in a random order, emphasizing in an exasperated manner the identity factors of each ecclesial community. One should instead express a unified position on the political and social processes taking place in Iraq, presenting oneself as a "Christian member": This is the proposal that Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako I ad
(Vatican Radio) A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday killed 25 people and wounded another 49.The attack, during the celebration of Mass, in one of the deadliest carried out against the religious minority in recent memory.The bombing came two days after a bomb elsewhere in Cairo killed six policemen, an assault claimed by a group that authorities say is linked to the outlawed Muslim Bro
(Vatican Radio) Following the closure of the Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Doors in Jerusalem and Nazareth will be closed respectively on December 3 and 9, during Solemn Masses in the Church of All Nations and the Basilica of the Annunciation. The masses will be presided by Patriarchal Vicars Bishop William Shomali in Jerusalem, Bishop Giacinto Marcuzzo in Nazareth and by Fr. Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land.The Apostoli
(Vatican Radio) Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom gave a keynote address on the situation of Christians in the Middle East to the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast (NPPB) in London on Tuesday. During his address Bishop Angaelos spoke about the persecution of Christians and minority communities, and the millions subsequently displaced and living as refugees.Speaking to an audience of over 70
Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton made his solemn entry into Jaffa on Saturday, June 11, to mark the celebration of Saint Anthony of Padua.The procession started from St. Peter's Church in Jaffa and included the group of the Child Jesus, which is composed of Indian musicians, and the Orthodox scouts from Jaffa who also participated in the procession.The statue of the saint was carried at the end of the procession. Among those present a