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the Service of All People in the Middle East
A joint statement expressing solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer in the 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. Of their contributions, Pope Francis declares the presence of Christians themselves is "greatest source of enrichment in the region." 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 minorities and majorities, both Christians and Muslims. Pope Francis writes, "This suffering cries out to God and it calls for our commitment to prayer and concrete efforts to help in any way possible."
Letter to Representatives Smith and Eshoo Commending the
Introduction of Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act
Bishop Oscar Cantú and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, January 30, 2017
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