Mideast church leaders urge Biden to lift Syrian sanctions

An internally displaced Syrian sits outside his tent at a camp in the countryside near Aleppo Jan. 20, 2021. Several Mideast church leaders have signed on to a letter urging U.S. President Joe Biden to end sanctions against Syria. (CNS photo/Mahmoud Hassano, Reuters)


Lebanese cardinal: Country's 'political authority has murdered its people'

Lebanon's "political authority has murdered its people," Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, said at the closing Mass of the synod of Maronite Catholic bishops from around the world.

Visiting Lebanon, Cardinal Parolin emphasizes 'you are not alone'

Bringing a message of hope to Lebanon, a month after a double blast struck Beirut, Pope Francis' closest collaborator assured the Lebanese: "You are not alone. The whole world supports you."

New report says Iraqi Christians could face extinction

Without immediate action from the international community, Christians in northern Iraq could be endangered with extinction, warns a new report from the pontifical charity Aid to the Church in Need.