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March, 2019
Volume 45, Number 1
  
1 May 2018
J.D. Conor Mauro




As part of a pastoral visit to Lebanon, Archbishop John Michael Miller of Vancouver visits Iraqi Christian refugees at a school run by the Syriac Catholic Patriarchate, supported by CNEWA. (photo: Carl Hétu)

Cries for peace in Syria louder than ever (Catholic Register) Catholic aid agencies that help Syrian and Iraqi refugees say a recent escalation of conflict in Syria has increased despair and heightened the call for peace from Christian leaders. “They all told us the same thing,” said Carl Hétu, national director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) Canada, who made a pastoral visit to Lebanon from 15 to 19 April with Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller to encourage partners who are working with refugees. “The region needs peace. They don’t need more bombs and the refugee crisis cannot be sustained any more in Lebanon…”

Syria announces Yarmouk camp evacuation agreement (Al Jazeera) The Syrian government has reached an evacuation deal with fighters from Hay’et Tahrir al Sham to leave the Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus. The official SANA news agency announced on Monday that the fighters and their families, numbering about 5,000, would be evacuated in two stages, the first of which would see 1,500 people transported to the rebel-controlled Idlib province in northwestern Syria…

Expert: The bogey of Christian infiltration in India is a ‘political hoax’ (AsiaNews) The age-old bogey of Christian infiltration into the heart of India — allegedly intent on undermining the country — has been resurrected. While now a hackneyed political canard, its use as a recurrent theme in of Indian politics is significant…

Indian government accused of ignoring religious violence (UCAN India) The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has accused the Indian government of doing little to prevent violence against religious minorities and socially poor Dalit people. The commission’s latest report, released 25 April, said the government run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party has not addressed the problem of sectarian violence despite government statistics showing that sectarian violence has increased sharply over the past two years…

Greek-Turkish border under refugee pressure again (Al Monitor) Their clothes caked with mud, a small group of refugees from Syria trudge past a Greek farmer tilling his field on a tractor. He barely pauses to look at them. In the villages near the Evros River, the natural boundary with Turkey in northeastern Greece, such arrivals are now common…

Christians in Jerusalem’s Old City under threat from ‘hostile radical settlers’ (Christian Today) Christians in Jerusalem say their presence in the Old City is under threat from intimidation, with priests being spat at and abused, alongside aggressive property acquisition by hardline and ’hostile’ Jewish settlers, the Guardian has reported. The churches say they are facing onslaught on three fronts, according to the paper’s report from Jerusalem: a war of attrition waged by hardline settlers; unprecedented tax demands by Jerusalem city council; and a proposal to allow the expropriation of church land put up for sale…



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