middle east

Fr Dominic Robinson SJ meeting the faithful in North Iraq
Fr Dominic Robinson SJ has just returned from a packed week in the Middle East, as part of a delegation formed by members of Aid to the Church in Need and representatives of the Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales.The trip has been organised to show solidarity with the Christian community in North Iraq and to see the situation on the ground for what regards the reconstruction of towns and villages destroyed by Daesh. The hope is that the Bishops’ Conference will raise awareness of the...
Syria has entered its seventh year of crisis. The scale, complexity and severity of the situation and individual needs is as overwhelming as ever.Jesuit Missions supports the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Middle East who have a centre in Damascus and Aleppo providing access to literacy workshops for women.Education is a basic need for all. Many women have grown up in a conservative environment and have been deprived of education in a society that sees men as the workers and women as housewives....
Runners pass La Place de la Bastille in last year's FitBit Semi de Paris. Credit: ASO/B.Bade
A London Jesuit will be heading to France next month to take part in the Fitbit Semi de Paris, a half-marathon, on behalf of suffering Christians in the Middle East. Fr Dominic Robinson SJ, who is the Superior of the Mount Street Jesuit Community as well as the Ecclesiastical Assistant for Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), will be running with Sebastian Cichocki, Mount Street’s maintenance manager, ACN’s UK Director and their Head of Press and Information, as part of an...
Archbishop Paul Gallagher
A senior Vatican prelate who was educated by the Jesuits in Liverpool has called for Jerusalem to be given “special status on an international level”, saying that interreligious dialogue and education are crucial for peaceful co-existence in the region.Archbishop Paul Gallagher, who is now Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, was a student at St Francis Xavier’s College in Woolton, Liverpool, which was founded by the Society of...
JRS staff stand both with one another and with the displaced of Syria (Cedric Prakash SJ/JRS)
Jesuits and their lay co-workers from three centres in Syria have gathered to mark the 36th anniversary of the Jesuit Refugee Service and to strengthen their bonds of support and friendship. The assembly was the idea of the Director of JRS Syria, Fr Fouad, who invited staff from Aleppo, Homs and Damascus to celebrate the origins, the spirit, the vision and the mission with all those who have been an integral part of the JRS family in Syria."The war in Syria has grabbed world headlines for...
The Prince of Wales addresses the Advent Reception at Archbishop's House, Westminster
Representatives of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the UK were among the guests at an Advent Reception hosted by the Cardinal Vincent Nichols and attended by the Prince of Wales. The reception brought together Christian leaders from the Middle East, alongside charities and other groups that work with them and support them.The reception at Archbishop’s House in London was attended by representatives from the Chaldean Catholic, Syriac Catholic, Maronite Catholic, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Apostolic...
Canon Andy Thompson
The Anglican Vicar of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will be speaking about Christianity in the contemporary Arab world this Thursday at Farm Street Church. In addition to addressing the current situation for Christians in the region, Canon Andy Thompson will be asking what lessons Christians can learn from the Arab world. He has considered these in his recently published book 'Jesus of Arabia.' Follow this link for more details. 
Jesus' teachings were influenced by the culture of Arabia
The Anglican Vicar of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates will be speaking about Christianity in the contemporary Arab world this Thursday at Farm Street Church. In addition to addressing the current situation for Christians in the region, Canon Andy Thompson will be asking what lessons Christians can learn from the Arab world. He has considered these in his recently published book 'Jesus of Arabia.'Canon Andy has been the Chaplain in Abu Dhabi since 2010 and has lived most of his life in the...
Pope Francis has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to work towards a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Ukraine. During the course of an hour-long meeting in the Vatican with the president on Wednesday, the pontiff said a “sincere and great effort to achieve peace” in the region was required.President Putin’s arrival in the Vatican was an hour late but it included an exchange of gifts. Pope Francis gave the Russian leader a medallion with an image of an “angel of peace” - a similar gift...
While Christians who follow the Western calendar celebrated Easter earlier this month, a party of pilgrims from Britain celebrated it last weekend. Their pilgrimage to Jordan focused on meeting and worshipping with the Christian communities as they celebrated Holy Week and Easter together. In Jordan, Catholic and Protestant Christians observe Easter on the same date as the Orthodox churches, which this year was 12 April. “The pilgrimage provided us with opportunities to visit sites of...

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