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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.

Charity Middle East

Caritas launches emergency appeal for Lebanon

Caritas Australia has launched an emergency appeal for Lebanon, as the country experiences historic inflation and hunger. 

Bishops Middle East

Bishops call for peace in the Middle East

Australia’s Catholic bishops have issued a statement on the conflict in the Middle East, calling for a just ceasefire, the release of all hostages and unhindered access to aid. Source: ACBC Media Blog.

Holy Land Middle East

King of Jordan promises to protect Christian holy sites

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has offered assurance to Pope Francis that Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem will be protected amid the Israel-Hamas war. Source: OSV News.

Middle East Peace

Gaza war has deepened rift between Israelis and Palestinians: Cardinal

Sudden peace negotiations or an intervention by the United States will not deliver Israelis and Palestinians from the suffering caused by the war in Gaza, a Jerusalem-based cardinal said yesterday. Source: CNS.

Middle East Ukraine

Pope issues new plea for peace in Palestine, Israel and Ukraine

Pope Francis has issued a new plea for peace in Palestine, Israel and Ukraine, urging dialogue over conflict and remembering the suffering of those affected. Source: Vatican News.

Middle East

Cardinal Sako returns to Baghdad after ‘painful’ exile

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church celebrated Mass in Baghdad on Friday for the first time in nine months, following a period of self-imposed exile from the Iraqi capital. Source: The Tablet.