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Syria: ‘They would not let us ring the church bells’

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Moufida recalled how the armed Islamist groups invaded their village. “They took away our livelihood, our money and our homes.”

Iraq’s Islamist extremists are emboldened by Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

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“It is definitely true that the mentality of ISIS still exists in Iraq and Syria among certain parts of the population.”

Sister Clara’s dream for the future of children in Iraq comes true

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“Our goal was to offer young people a place of reconciliation and healing after being displaced by ISIS and living for so many years as refugees.”

Lebanon holds a message of hope for the future of Christians in the Middle East

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“All Arab countries forbid Muslims to convert to Christianity, so our message to the Middle East is that we have to preserve religious freedom.”

In Lebanon, a Carmelite monastery attracts Christians and Muslims alike

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“This particular statue of the Virgin, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, … attracts many people from all the Christian denominations, and many Muslims as well.”

Lebanon is in ‘hell’

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My mother is old and she needs all kinds of daily medications. My brother is diabetic and has vision problems. They both need special care, and I am no longer able to provide such care.”

Young Iraqis are starting new lives in their homeland

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“Our life is not without risk, but life won’t stop, risk or no risk. We have to keep going.”

One year after Beirut explosion, Lebanon’s wounds fester

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“Some of the families here in Jounieh, a town not generally regarded as being poor, actually go out early in the morning, in order not to be seen, scavenging food from the dustbins!”

Lebanon: ‘We were among the dead, and we lived the resurrection’

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“As a priest with a family, I am affected by the crisis too. We have stopped eating meat except for once a week when have chicken. We have cut down our electricity use and only buy fruit once a week. It’s not just to be in solidarity with the people. We really have no more money.”

Damascus micro-projects center gives hope to Syria’s embattled Christians

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“We can help the families to start over, we give them a reason to stay, and a chance to rebuild their country.”

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