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In Lebanon, Christians and Muslims are united in ongoing demonstrations

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“Christians and Muslims throughout Lebanon are united behind the same demands. They are saying no to taxes, asking for medical insurance, asking for electricity,  and complaining about corruption and the very bad economic situation they are living in.”

Iraq: ‘We are a martyred and a suffering Church’

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“God and family are the priority in our everyday lives here. They are faithful to His love, in the midst of the danger from external enemies, and from the internal challenges of modern times that threaten to weaken their traditional faith.”

Iraqi prelate weighs threat to Christian community of US-Iran confrontation

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“The confrontation between the two powers must not escalate.” He added that “Iraq has been suffering from proxy wars for decades; they have torn our country apart.”

Syriac Catholic Patriarch visits northern Iraq: ‘We have to always hope against all hope’

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“It’s very sad to say, and I’ve said this many times:  Christians of the Middle East have not only been abandoned; they have been betrayed by the civilized countries of the West.”

This Christmas, ACN donors bring smiles to 19,000 children in Syria

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“[ACN] brings smiles to more than 19,000 children all over Syria because of your Christmas gifts.”

In Homs, Syria, a Christian family finally goes home for Christmas

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“I can’t even begin to describe the joy I am feeling. After so much suffering and uncertainty, I feel safe again. I am filled with hope for a better life. Christmas reminds me of the feeling of security that comes from being in a family.”

Aid specialist warns that Christians in Iraq and Syria face new risk of genocide

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“Christians are the soul of the country and they play a very important role in Middle Eastern societies. They are the peacemakers. Christians work for peace and peaceful co-existence and collaboration for the good of the country.”

Lebanese prelates are concerned about Christian emigration

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“Christians are facing the question of emigration, of looking for a better way of life. There’s a risk of losing the young generation: they don’t want to stay in Lebanon. There are too many question marks about the country’s future.”

Iraqi prelate pleads before UN Security Council for international support

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Iraq stands at a historic crossroads. The Christian and other minority communities of Iraq stand with – and often beside – Muslim protestors as together they seek a better life, based on equality regardless of religious belief.

After decades of persecution ‘things are getting better’ for Egypt’s Christians

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“There is a mentality that since 1952 has treated Christians as second-class citizens. Now, some change has happened and things are getting better. Building Churches is easier than before. We don’t have to wait years to get permission to have a church built.”

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