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Jerusalem Patriarch Discusses ‘Many Concerns”
Catholic News Service (20 December 2012)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Jerusalem’s Latin patriarch said church leaders are “perplexed” by the complex situation in the Middle East.

Ecumenism Calls for Justice, Kindness and Humility
Catholic News Service (17 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Like the individual path to holiness, the ecumenical path to Christian unity requires justice, kindness and humility, Pope Benedict XVI told members of a pilgrimage from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

Christian Divisions ‘Disfigure’ the Church
Catholic News Service (22 January 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The divisions among Christians have “disfigured” the church, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Franciscan Leader Sees Progress Toward Christian Unity
Catholic News Service (24 January 2013)
CORTLANDT MANOR, N.Y. (CNS) — Despite disappointing setbacks in ecumenical dialogue, there is incremental progress toward Christian unity, according to Father Timothy MacDonald, vicar general of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.

Christian Cooperation Key to Proclaiming the Gospel, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (25 January 2013)
ROME (CNS) — Christians must work together to offer the faith they share to a world that seems to find it more and more difficult to believe, Pope Benedict XVI told Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and Protestant leaders.

Archbishop Lauds Mentor, Pope Francis
Catholic News Service (18 March 2013)
ROME (CNS) — For the head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, “authenticity and simplicity” characterize the man who mentored him as a young bishop: the newly elected Pope Francis.

Orthodox Leaders Predict Close Cooperation with New Pope
Catholic News Service (18 March 2013)
OXFORD, England (CNS) — Applauding the election of Pope Francis, Orthodox leaders are stressing their hope for continued cooperation with the Catholic Church during his pontificate.

Table Time: Pope and Orthodox Discuss, Pray, Dine
Catholic News Service (21 March 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pastors and theologians involved in ecumenical dialogue emphasize the importance of “table time” — sharing meals — along with serious theological discussions, shared prayer and joint action.

At Pallium Mass, Archbishops Called to Be Ministers of Unity
Catholic News Service (2 July 2013)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Every bishop is called to be “a servant of communion,” working tirelessly to overcome divisions so that differences become a treasure and not a source of conflict, Pope Francis said.

Small Acts of Faith Vital to Israeli Village
Catholic News Service (18 July 2013)
MUQEIBLEH, Israel (CNS) — Every evening, Suhad Shunnara, 32, reads the Bible to her three sons and kneels with them to say the rosary. On Friday, she and her husband, Fuad, 40, send the children to religion class, and on Saturday, after Mass, they all watch a Christian TV channel together.

Fifty Years Later, Pope and Patriarch Meet Again in Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (25 May 2014)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Half a century after a historic encounter between their predecessors, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met in the same place to seek inspiration for Christian unity at the site of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Learning From Other Churches: Ecumenists Find Hope in Pope Francis
Catholic News Service (12 June 2014)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — Supporters of a new method for promoting Christian unity hailed the election of Pope Francis as presenting new opportunities for the Catholic Church to do what they believe all Christians must do: honestly face their internal problems, grow in fidelity to Christ and ask what their ecumenical partners can teach them.

Ecumenical Challenges, Possibilities Vary by Region
Catholic News Service (13 June 2014)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — Just as the divisions among Christians have a different history and have provoked different levels of tension in various parts of the world, the steps toward Christian unity will have geographical differences, said speakers at a conference promoting “receptive ecumenism.”

Couples From Different Churches Aim to Be Models for Christian Unity
Catholic News Service (13 June 2014)
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (CNS) — A husband and wife each active in their own Christian community can be models of an important step in the movement toward Christian unity: not just recognizing their diversity, but loving it despite the pain it sometimes can bring, said couples at a conference on ecumenism.

Peace Can Always Prevail, Pope Says
Catholic News Service (27 June 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Despite “grievous attacks” around the world, peace can always flourish through God’s grace and people’s loving generosity, Pope Francis said.

Catholic, Orthodox Patriarchs Visit Erbil to Support Displaced Iraqis
Catholic News Service (20 August 2014)
BEIRUT (CNS) — A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Erbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants.

Catholics in Ukraine Request Independence Day Prayers
Catholic News Service (22 August 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Ukrainians prepared to mark their 24 August Independence Day under the cloud of fierce fighting in the East, Catholic leaders condemned the threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and prayed for a speedy end to the hostilities.

Church Leaders, Politicians, Laity Meet in D.C. on Behalf of Christians
Catholic News Service (10 September 2014)
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Emphasizing that diversity does not preclude unity, nearly a thousand Christian leaders, politicians and laypeople gathered in Washington to launch a massive effort on behalf of the minority communities of the Middle East.

Advocate Because You Care, Not for Political Votes
Catholic News Service (16 September 2014)
Responding to editors’ requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is a 15 September column titled “The Cry of the Persecuted: Advocate Because You Care, Not for Political Votes” that appears on the Patheos website, www.patheos.com. It was written by Michael J.L. La Civita, who joined Catholic Near East Welfare Association in 1989 and is the papal agency’s communications director. He also is a knight commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.

Lebanese Parish Reaches Out to Christian Iraqi Refugees for Christmas
Catholic News Service (16 December 2014)
RABIEH, Lebanon (CNS) — The sadness behind their polite smiles was evident when they arrived on two buses for a Mass and luncheon in their honor.

Pope: Ecumenism Means Theological Dialogue, Joint Work for Peace
Catholic News Service (30 January 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Even as their theological dialogues continue in the search for full agreement on doctrinal issues, divided Christians are called to work together for justice and peace, especially in the Middle East, Pope Francis said.

Pope: War Between Christians Is a Scandal
Catholic News Service (4 February 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The only word worthy of being heard in the throes of war is “peace,” and there is nothing more scandalous than a nation made up of Christians engaged in conflict, Pope Francis said.

Ukrainian Catholic, Orthodox Leaders Urge Unity
Catholic News Service (6 February 2015)
WARSAW, Poland (CNS) — Catholic and Orthodox archbishops in Ukraine appealed for national unity against pro-Russia separatists as calls mounted for the United States to help arm Ukrainian forces.

Pope to Ukraine’s Bishops: Unite Against Unfolding Tragedies
Catholic News Service (20 February 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis urged Ukraine’s Catholic bishops to focus on the social and human tragedies unfolding in their country and avoid politicizing their role as church leaders.

Ukrainian Catholic Leader Invites Pope
Catholic News Service (23 February 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church invited Pope Francis to visit the war-torn nation, saying it would help bring peace.

Melkite, Orthodox Patriarchs Urge World to Help Resolve Syrian Crisis
Catholic News Service (27 February 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Two Syrian-born patriarchs separately urged the international community to work together to address the crisis in Syria and the region.

Lebanon’s Religious Leaders Affirm Christianity’s Role in Middle East
Catholic News Service (31 March 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Lebanon’s Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders affirmed the “essential role” of the Christian presence in the Middle East and called for terrorism in the region to be confronted “culturally, educationally and politically.”

Pope, Orthodox Patriarch Express Commitment for Unity
Catholic News Service (19 June 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis and the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch expressed their desire to work toward full communion of the two churches.

Melkite, Maronite Catholic Synods Address Middle East Violence
Catholic News Service (22 June 2015)
BEIRUT (CNS) — Meeting for their respective annual synods in Lebanon, Maronite Catholic and Melkite Greek Catholic bishops called for an end to wars in the region and for the election of a president in Lebanon.

Papal Envoy, Maronite Patriarch Visit Displaced Christians in Iraq
Catholic News Service (22 June 2015)
BERUIT (CNS) — Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan, representing Pope Francis, and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter traveled to Erbil, Iraq, to meet with Christians who had fled from Islamic State forces.

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