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Middle East

Families’ faith blossoms again on Nineveh Plains

Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in Iraq says about 9,000 Christian families have returned to their homes on the Nineveh Plains after fleeing a decade ago, when ISIS took the region. Source: Crux.

Foreign Aid Middle East

Caritas welcomes $10m government aid package for Gaza 

Caritas Australia has welcomed the Albanese Government’s $10 million aid package to support the World Food Programme in Gaza, announced yesterday.

Middle East United Nations

Security Council backs Gaza ceasefire deal as Pope pushes peace efforts

The United Nations Security Council has adopted a United States-drafted resolution backing a proposal for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, as Pope Francis encouraged peace efforts. Source: SBS News and Vatican News.

Bishops Middle East

Holy Land pilgrimage a chance for ‘prayer, engagement and learning’ 

Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli has made a secret trip to Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Lebanon on a “pilgrimage of solidarity”. Source: Melbourne Catholic.

Immigration Middle East

Senator queries Government’s granting of visas to those fleeing war

A disparity between humanitarian visas offered to Ukrainians and Gazans fleeing war has been criticised, as an attempt to recognise a Palestinian state in federal Parliament failed. Source: Yahoo News.

Middle East Vatican

Middle East conflict makes two-state solution vital

The Vatican’s foreign minister says recent events only reaffirm the Holy See’s position on a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. Source: Rome Reports.

Middle East

Pope offers condolences to Iranian leadership

Pope Francis has sent a telegram offering his condolences over the deaths of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi and the nation’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and all who perished in the helicopter crash on Sunday. Source: Vatican News.

Middle East

Cardinal shows solidarity and hope in visit to Gaza

In a previously unpublicised visit, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa entered the Gaza Strip last week, visiting Holy Family Parish on his first pastoral visit since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war. Source: OSV News.

Middle East

Rosary survives the shifting currents of a world at sea

A Lebanese Catholic man has created a giant Rosary out of plastic jugs, rope and wood and floated it upon the Mediterranean Sea. Source: CNA.