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July, 2019
Volume 45, Number 2
  
26 July 2019
Greg Kandra




In this image from 2018, a car in Mosul, Iraq, drives past "I love Mosul" graffiti. At the UN this week, the Holy See urged tolerance, dialogue and acceptance among different peoples living together in the Middle East. (photo: CNS/Ari Jalal, Reuters)

Holy See urges tolerance in Middle East (Vatican News) The Holy See is urging the Middle East to make more efforts in promoting a “dialogue for a culture of tolerance, acceptance of others and of living together peacefully.” “This is a critical moment in which all countries of the region must not squander peaceful advances by falling back into hostilities sparked by the simmering conflicts of the regional powers,” said Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Holy See’s Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, on Tuesday…

Syrian refugees panic as threat of deportation rises in Lebanon (Al Jazeera) Lebanese security forces are increasingly carrying out raids at businesses and refugee camps, according to reports, renewing concerns that Syrian refugees are at risk of being unfairly deported and mistreated. Growing reports of raids over the past few weeks follow a Lebanese government drive against undocumented foreign labor, a move Syrians feared was aimed at earmarking them…

UN: More than 100 killed in Syria air raids (Al Jazeera) Air raids by the Syrian government and its allies in the country’s last rebel-held enclave have killed more than 100 civilians in the past 10 days, according to the United Nations, which said the three-month campaign has displaced more than 400,000 people. The 103 dead from the recent air attacks on schools, hospitals, markets and bakeries included at least 26 children, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Friday, adding that the rising toll had been met with “apparent international indifference…”

Orthodox cathedral reportedly vandalized (Religious Information Service of Ukraine) After the court decision on the transfer to the use of the Russian Ministry of Property of the Crimea, the property of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine Cathedral of the Holy and Equal-to-the Apostles Volodymyr and Olha in Simferopol was “looted and destroyed,” Archbishop Klyment of the Crimean Diocese of the OCU told Krym.Realii…

India’s ruling party reaches out to Christians (UCANews.com) India’s politically dominant pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has launched a bid in the north-eastern state of Mizoram to improve its image among members of the Christian majority there. Mizoram has the highest concentration of tribal people of any Indian state and Christians form 87 percent of its 1.1 million people…

Ukraine says it has seized a Russian tanker (Vatican News) Ukraine says it has seized a Russian tanker in a Black Sea port prompting an angry response from Moscow. The move comes just months after Russia attacked Ukrainian vessels amid an ongoing conflict between the two neighbors…



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