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Pope Francis greets Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, at a conference on international peace in Cairo in April 2017. CNS Photo/Paul Haring.


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Christians of the Middle East


What's New

Letter to Senators Corker and Cardin in Support of the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act
Bishop Oscar Cantú, June 9, 2017

USCCB President Offers Prayers for Victims in Latest Attack on Coptic Christians
May 26, 2017

U.S. Bishops Conference Responds to Explosions at Two Coptic Churches
April 9, 2017

Solidarity at the Service of All People in the Middle East
Statement expressing solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer in the Middle East.
February 10, 2017

We must not resign ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians, who for 2,000 years have confessed the name of Jesus, and have been fully integrated as citizens into the social, cultural and religious life of the nations to which they belong." 
                                                           -Pope Francis, 21 November 2013

The Christian presence in the Holy Lands traces its roots to the earliest days of Christianity. These small, diverse communities have historically contributed to the vibrant social fabric of their societies in the fields of science, medicine, and philosophy. Their fraternity with the diversity of Churches and other religious groups helps to foster greater interreligious dialogue, unity, and peace in the Middle East.

In the midst of the turbulence in the Middle East, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expresses solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer from the conflict in the region.  The Church stands at the service of all people in the Middle East, both Christians and Muslims.


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