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Middle East Pope Francis

Pope makes emotional plea for ceasefire in Gaza

Pope Francis yesterday called for Israel and Hamas to reach an agreement for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza”, repeating “Enough!” and “Stop!” from the window of the apostolic palace. Source: The Tablet.

Middle East Ukraine Vatican

Prospect of EU military intervention in Ukraine ‘frightening’

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin says French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that Europe could send ground troops to Ukraine opens a “frightening scenario”. Source: Vatican News.

Archives Middle East

Top papal aide condemns antisemitism, calls for Gaza ceasefire 

Cardinal Mario Zuppi has condemned the rise of antisemitism since the outbreak of the war in Gaza and has called for a ceasefire, saying Israel’s military offensive does not justify the rising civilian death count. Source: Crux.

Middle East Vatican

Israel objects to Cardinal Parolin’s remarks on Gaza war

The Israeli Embassy to the Holy See has defined as “regrettable” remarks by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, saying that Israel’s attacks on Gaza have been excessive. Source: America Magazine.

Middle East

Religious sister pleas for relief for Gaza

One of the last remaining religious sisters in the Catholic parish of the Holy Family in Gaza has appealed “for peace, for respect and for human rights”. Source: The Tablet.

Foreign Aid Middle East

Türkiye-Syria earthquake victims remembered a year after tragedy

Today marks one year since a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Syria and Türkiye, followed by another of similar strength just hours later, killing more than 50,000 people. Source: Caritas Australia.

Foreign Aid Middle East

Caritas warns cutting aid funding will worsen humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Caritas Australia says the humanitarian crisis in Gaza will escalate without adequate aid funding, after Australia and other Western countries suspended aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

Crisis Middle East

Jerusalem Church official says Gaza situation ‘extremely catastrophic’

The situation in the Gaza Strip is “extremely catastrophic” and people are dying not only from violence but from preventable illnesses, the CEO of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said yesterday. Source: OSV News.

Eastern Rite Middle East

Sako appeals for Church unity to save Iraq’s Christian population

The head of the Chaldean Church has accused Iraqi politicians and bishops of inaction and corruption amid the “ceaseless exodus” of the country’s Christian population. Source: The Tablet.