From one-to-one

Page One: Headlines for 5/25/18 Posted: May 25 2018 12:07PM

Palestinians wait in a bus to cross to Egypt following the opening of Rafah border gate in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on 18 May 2018. (photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

In Gaza, border opening brings relief and anxiety (AP) Egypt has opened Rafah for the duration of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, temporarily easing a border blockade of Gaza that it has enforced, along with Israel, for the past 11 years. But thousands of people hoping to travel are on a waiting list, a backlog created by long periods of closures, and Egyptian border officials are processing them at an excruciatingly slow pace…

Kerala monitoring spread of deadly virus (UCSNews.com) India’s Kerala state has imposed restrictions on public functions in four northern districts because of a virus spread by fruit bats that has killed 11 people, including a nurse who treated infected people. Health authorities on 24 May advised travelers to the region to guard against the Nipah virus. Senior official Rajeev Sadanandan told journalists that the infection was currently linked to only one family and people who came into direct contact with them. Lini Puthuserry, 32, the nurse who succumbed to the infection, had treated a member of the family in a hospital. The situation was described as being under control…

Syriac Christians hail return of churches, monasteries in Turkey (Daily Sabah) In 2014, ownership of churches, monasteries and cemeteries belonging to the ancient community were transferred to the state after Mardin, the southeastern city where they are located, was designated as the “greater city municipality.” The community fought for their return but faced bureaucratic red tape and a lengthy legal process. Finally, they were formally handed title deeds yesterday, crediting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for helping them to settle the issue…

Coptic Peace Association distributes food to poor for Ramadan (Egypt Today) In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, the Coptic Peace Association distributed cartons of basic commodities to the poor people of Cairo’s Shubra district on Wednesday. The ceremony was held in the hall of Marjerjis Hospital in Shubra. Matta Sawiris, head of the association, said that this day is an extension of the 50-year march, adding, “We set up the first Iftar in the church in 1969 until we inaugurated it in 2004; Egypt is mentioned in the Gospel more than 500 times and five times in the Qur’an.” Sheikh Mohammed Qutb said that the Muslims and Christians are one blood, stressing that the distribution of such aid without distinction between Muslim and Christian is an important message and must appear in the public opinion…

CNEWA Canada launches Middle East campaign (Catholic Register) Under the banner “Christians Can’t Survive Without You,” the Catholic Near East Welfare Association in Canada has launched a year-long fundraising campaign to help Christians remain in the Middle East…