The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis have Issued a joint declaration from the city of Jerusalem in which they voice their concern for the situation of Christians in the
Middle East especially in Egypt, Syria and Iraq.
“From this holy city of Jerusalem, we express our shared profound concern for the situation of Christians in the Middle East and for their right to remain full citizens of their
homelands. In trust we turn to the almighty and merciful God in a prayer for peace in the Holy Land and in the Middle East in general. We especially pray for the Churches in Egypt, Syria, and Iraq,
which have suffered most grievously due to recent events. We encourage all parties regardless of their religious convictions to continue to work for reconciliation and for the just recognition of
peoples' rights. We are persuaded that it is not arms, but dialogue, pardon and reconciliation that are the only possible means to achieve peace.” Read the full joint declaration here.
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Israel on Monday approved plans for 50 new illegal settler homes in occupied east Jerusalem as Pope Francis wrapped up a visit to the region, city officials said. Read more here.
An arsonist set fire to a Catholic church Monday at a contested site in Jerusalem during a visit by Pope Francis, the spokesman for the Abbey of the Dormition told AFP
"Someone entered the church, went down to the crypt, picked up a book used by pilgrims and took it to the small room near the organ and set it on fire, burning wooden
crosses," Brother Nikodemus Schnabel said, just after Francis celebrated mass next door at the Upper Room in Mount Zion. Original here