More and more Christians are leaving the Middle East. This exodus is affecting not only Syria and Iraq, but also Lebanon. In the quite recent past, this country was the only country of the Middle East with a Christian majority in the population, but now Christians are an ever shrinking minority.
“Just as in the early Church the shedding of the blood of martyrs became the seed of new Christians, so today the blood of the many martyrs of all the Churches has become the seed of Christian unity.” Pope Francis
Chaldeans, Syrian Orthodox, Armenians, Melkites, Maronites, Assyrians of the East—in today’s Middle East, men, women and children and their clergy belonging to all Christian denominations are hunted, tortured and killed simply because of their faith in Jesus.
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Today, the outreach ministry provides over a thousand people with a hot meal each day, an increase of 400 people compared to the previous year. Many Syrian refugees are also involved, helping in the kitchens, so that they can also have the opportunity to earn a living.
At present there are three young men from the Maronite Archdiocese of Baalbek who are training for the priesthood. Archbishop Hanna Rahme has a particular concern for these young men, but lacks the necessary resources. He has turned to ACN for help, so that they can be given a solid formation and be able to stand by their people as true shepherds.