Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako
Currently, the situation of the Middle East is terrible due to the political and componential divisions, which has brought nothing but evil.
 
The UK Parliament has passed a Labour Party motion calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza. Welcomed by humanitarian agencies, it aims to address catastrophic situations faced by Gaza residents and create the conditions for diplomacy and the release of hostages. 
 
A letter co-signed by a group of international peacebuilding and human rights organizations, with decades of experience in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, pressures the UK Prime Minister to demand a stop to the Israeli offensive and call for a ceasefire.
 
CNA Staff, Jan 23, 2024 / 11:17 am
An international group of bishops is calling for “universal, verifiable nuclear disarmament” on the third anniversary of a key global nuclear disarmament treaty.
 
Iraq’s Patriarch Sako calls on Christians to dedicate their annual 'Nineveh Fast' to praying for peace and stability in the Middle East and the world.
 
Amman, Jordan, Jan 21, 2024 / 07:00 am
A year ago, on Jan. 21, 2023, Bishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso became the first resident nuncio to Jordan. Before that, the Apostolic Nunciature of Jordan was joined with that of Iraq.
 
Addressing participants at the Philippine Conference for the New Evangelization, Cardinal Mario Grech looks at key outcomes from last October's Synod Assembly, "A Synodal Church in Mission," and his hopes for the next session later this year.
 
To mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis meets with a groups of Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox from Finland, encouraging them to journey together as a “pilgrim Church”.
 

A fraternal embrace that is also a commitment

As the Church celebrates the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, the prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, reflects on the relationship between Catholics and Orthodox 60 years after the historic encounter between Pope St. Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras.
 
Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin expresses the Holy See’s concerns for an escalation of war that could engulf the entire Middle East, speaking on the sidelines of an event at the Italian Senate.
 
Rome Newsroom, Jan 18, 2024 / 06:00 am
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated by Catholics and other Christians worldwide from Jan. 18–25.
 
Fr. Ibrahim Faltas, the Vicar of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, thanks Pope Francis for his appeals for peace, and invites Christians to point the way to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
 
The Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia says recent developments in the Red Sea have not yet affected ordinary life in Yemen, though they could affect the peace process in the war-torn country.
 
Amman, Jordan, Jan 13, 2024 / 15:00 pm
For 2,000 years, since Jesus descended into the waters of the Jordan River to be baptized by John the Baptist, the river has been a pilgrimage site for Christians from around the world. And on the banks of that river, for the past 24 years, on the second Friday of January, the Catholic community in the region has undertaken a pilgrimage, gathering around its patriarch, to celebrate the baptism of Jesus.
 
The Holy See Press Office releases a statement saying Pope Francis is close to the family of Indi Gregory, an 8-month-old British girl affected by an incurable disease, after courts in the UK ruled that her life support should be withdrawn.
 
Pope Francis makes a heartfelt appeal to leaders in Sudan to facilitate access to humanitarian aid for the suffering people, and to work toward a peaceful resolution to the civil war with the help of the international community.
 
The Seventh Buddhist-Christian Colloquium, themed “Karuṇā and Agape in Dialogue for Healing a Wounded Humanity and the Earth”, is scheduled for 13-16 November 2023, at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Bangkok, Thailand. The event is a fruit of cooperation between the Dicastery for Interreligious Dialogue, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand, and the Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya Buddhist University.
 
Speaking after Sunday's Angelus, Pope Francis recalls the crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh and the serious humanitarian conditions affecting the displaced. He also appeals for the protection of the monasteries and places of worship, expressions of faith and signs of fraternity.
 
ROME – Wars, especially in the 21st century, are fought on multiple levels. Beyond what happens on the battlefield, there’s also the “soft power” contest to claim the high moral ground, and in that sense, one of the emerging fronts in the bloody conflict in Gaza now pits Israel against the Christian leadership of the Holy Land.
 
Pope Francis issues an urgent appeal for a halt to violence in Israel and Palestine reiterating his belief that wars are always a defeat, and he invites all believers to join the Church in the Holy Land next Tuesday for a Day of Prayer and Fasting.
 

Coptic Pope Tawadros II arrives in Hungary

The leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church was greeted by Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen at Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Airport. Archbishop of Veszprem Gyorgy Udvardy, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Austria Anba Gabriel, Coptic Orthodox Bishop of Central Europe Ava Giovanni and Mohamed Ibrahim Abdelkhalek Elshinawy, Egyptian ambassador to Hungary, were also present to welcome Pope Tawadros II.
 
Pope Francis unites his voice with the Bishops of Niger appealing for peace in the country, and offers his prayers for the efforts of the international community to find a peaceful solution for the good of all the people of Niger and the Sahel region.
 
As Christians in Pakistan hold a day of prayer in the wake of mob violence against Christian places of worship in Jaranwala, Archbishop Joseph Arshad grants an interview to Vatican News and appeals for prayers for the community and for those who perpetrate violence to be brought to justice.
 
Pope Francis writes the preface to the Italian edition of Dorothy Day's autobiography, entitled, “I found God through His poor. From atheism to faith: my inner journey" (Libreria Editrice Vaticana-LEV). Dorothy Day (1897-1980), founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, journalist, writer, pacifist and activist, is remembered for her commitment to the poor and social justice.
 
In the district of Faisalabad, 21 places of worship and the homes of Christians were devastated by a mob fueled by Islamic extremists. Hundreds of people were forced to flee. The Christian accused of writing outrageous phrases against the Koran is actually an illiterate, The president of the Pakistani bishops Mgr Arsad: "Our people are not safe. A transparent investigation into this violence to re-establish the primacy of law and justice'.
 
Pope Francis remembers the 41 victims of a shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa where a boat carrying migrants sank last week. He called on every political and diplomatic effort to rescue and assist migrants and to prevent these tragedies, calling them an "open wound of humanity."
 
On the UN International Youth Day, Pope Francis urges young people to dream big and promote a culture of care by becoming “champions of fraternity”. to attain long-term peace in the region.
 
As the seven-month blockade of the Upper Karabakh Armenian enclave continues, European Churches call for international action to reopen the Lachin corridor, urging sustained dialogue between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
 
‘No member of the team that met the archbishop on Saturday held any official position in the parish administration’.
 
The statement released by The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development anticipates Pope Francis’ call “for an open dialogue on the meaning of these new technologies, endowed with disruptive possibilities and ambivalent effects.”