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Religious Freedom and Christians in the Middle East

Christianity was born in the Middle East, and churches have long made important contributions to Middle East culture.  But today, Christianity is under threat in the land of its birth. Learn more about Middle East Christians and efforts to support them.

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Christians of the Middle East

 

Take Action Now:  Help Persecuted Christians/Religious Minorities in Middle East

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 and persecutionin the region.  The Church stands at the service of all people in the Middle East, both Christians and Muslims.

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ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS, LETTERS, AND RESOURCES
Video:  Religious Freedom and Christians in the Middle East
Christianity was born in the Middle East, and churches have long made important contributions to Middle East culture.  But today, Christianity is under threat in the land of its birth.  Learn more about Middle East Christians and efforts to  support them.

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

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Catholic News Service, May 4, 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

Letter to Representatives Smith and Eshoo Commending the Introduction of Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, January 30, 2017

Middle East Religious Freedom Fact Sheet

Syrian Refugee Crisis

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Middle East

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)



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