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02 Mar 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Tension, hostility and even violence are the “daily bread” of many of the Christian communities living in the biblical lands of the Middle East, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.  Read more...
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02 Mar 2012 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — At the entrance to St. Saviour Church, Aloysious Leone and women in traditional Indian dress gathered around Trivandrum Archbishop Mari Soosa Pakiam to ask his blessing and kiss his ring.  Read more...
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Arab Spring Conference in Rome (Catholic News Service)
01 Mar 2012 – Muslims and Christians throughout North Africa and the Middle East recognize that “building a democracy is more difficult than destroying a dictatorship,” but they are committed to realizing their dream, said one of the leaders of change in Tunisia.  Read more...
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01 Mar 2012 – Peace in the Holy Land will come only when all parties embrace justice and forgiveness and sacrifice for the good of all people, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem said during a program at the United States Institute of Peace.   Read more...
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Vatican Diplomat Attends Syria Summit (Catholic News Service)
27 Feb 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican diplomat attended an international summit seeking an end to Syria’s yearlong civil war.  Read more...
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23 Feb 2012 – BENGHAZI, Libya (CNS) — As Benghazi residents marked the anniversary of Libya’s revolution, the head of the city’s diminished Catholic community spoke of a need to rebuild his congregation and of the uncertainties ahead.  Read more...
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Pope Calls for Dialogue in Syria (Catholic News Service)
14 Feb 2012 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As a sectarian conflict in Syria intensified, Pope Benedict XVI called on all Syrians to begin a process of dialogue and reminded the government of its duty to recognize its citizens’ legitimate demands.  Read more...
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Nuncio to Syria on the Violence in Homs (Catholic News Service)
10 Feb 2012 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Some priests have decided to stay in battle-scarred Homs, Syria, even as government forces intensified their strikes against the heart of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, said the Vatican’s nuncio to Syria.  Read more...


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