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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
  
13 July 2018
J.D. Conor Mauro




Pope Francis uses incense to bless the casket of French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran during his funeral Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican 12 July. Cardinal Tauran, who announced the election of Pope Francis, had a long career as a Vatican diplomat and later worked on interreligious dialogue. He died 5 July at the age of 75 in Hartford, Connecticut. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

The Eritrean Catholic Church calls for prayers for peace (Vatican News) A letter to the faithful written by the Council of Catholic Hierarchs of Eritrea calls for prayers and implorations for a just and lasting peace in the region…

Gaza tunnel workers face greater risks, shrinking pay (Al Monitor) Although Hamas’ Ministry of Interior established a buffer zone on the border with Egypt in June 2017 in the framework of joint security coordination between the movement and Egypt, smugglers have continued to operate from Gaza. The tunnels represent a lifeline for food and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, which has been under siege since 2006. Ismail (a pseudonym), who works in a commercial tunnel on the Gazan-Egyptian border, told Al Monitor, “Border tunnels are still needed to get certain materials that Israel does not allow through the Kerem Shalom crossing, the only effective commercial crossing”…

Unrest in Egypt following arrest of Copt (Fides) A young Coptic Egyptian was arrested in the village of Menbal, in the province of Minya, on charges of having shared some videos considered offensive against Prophet Mohammad on social media. The arrest had been organized by local police forces, perhaps with the intention of calming down the tension and to avoid uncontrolled reactions by groups of Islamist mobs present in the area. But the measure was not enough to ensure calm: after the arrest, the houses of Christian families in the village were attacked by gangs…

Egypt’s dwindling Jewish community struggles to maintain its heritage (Al Monitor) Magda Haroun is well aware that responsibility for Egypt’s remaining Jewish heritage and history rests squarely on her shoulders. “I am the last one to close the door and turn off the lights of the synagogue,” she often tells the local press in interviews. But turning off the lights is far from what Haroun, the head of the Jewish community and the president of the oldest Jewish charity association in Egypt, really wants to do. The energetic 66-years-old, who is the youngest member of Egypt’s miniscule Jewish society, has come up with a number of new projects for her association “Drop of Milk” to maintain Jewish heritage in Egypt…

Patriarch calls for lifting of West’s sanctions against Syria (AINA) After the Prayer Meeting in Bari, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, as well as all their Holinesses and Beatitudes, moved back to the Basilica of St. Nicholas, where they held a closed meeting concerning the situations in the Middle East. In his word, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II assured that the church is not with or against governments, but is always with the country and the people. His Holiness considered that actions should be taken towards removing the sanctions that are imposed on Syria, because they are against people who are suffering in their movement, food and medicine, etc…

20 Indian Christians hurt in attack on prayer meeting (Christian Today) Twenty Christians have been injured in an assault on a prayer meeting in India’s Uttar Pradesh state, according to International Christian Concern. Local reports say 35 Hindu radicals stormed a prayer meeting in Raikashipur village as more than 150 Christians met for prayer on 2 July…



Tags: India Egypt Eritrea Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II