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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


Join USCCB, the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services, Aid to the Church in Need, and CNEWA on November 26th, the Feast of Christ the King, for a Day of  Prayer for Persecuted Christians.

Solidarity in Suffering 470 wide

Homily Notes


Recommended Aid Agencies - Coming in September

Prayer Card - Coming in September

Background on Catholic Churches in the Middle East
September 2017

Background on Christians of the Middle East
September 2017

Logos for Local Use

Outside Resources

Under Caesar's Sword: Study Materials on Christian Persecution

Catholic Near East Welfare Assoc.:  Middle East Christians on the Move

Catholic Near East Welfare Assoc.: Middle East Churches

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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