- Prayer and Worship
- Beliefs and Teachings
- Issues and Action
- Catholic Giving
- About USCCB
Find the Latest News on our homepage
Learn more, Religious Liberty at Home
Learn more, International Religious Freedom
Watch current Videos on Religious Liberty
Pray for Religious Liberty at home and abroad
Subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter, Free to Serve
Reply STOP to quit service
Message & Data Rates May Apply
Join the Call to Prayer for Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty and receive a new prayer intention each week by email, text message or Facebook.
For our sisters and brothers in the Middle East:
through the intercession of the Apostles,
who established these most ancient churches,
may Christians and all religious minorities would be freed from violent persecution.
In July 2015, Pope Francis said, "Today we are dismayed to see how in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus…. [I]n this third world war, waged piecemeal, which we are now experiencing, a form of genocide – I insist on the word – is taking place, and it must end." Today, Christians are among those religious minorities confronted with persecution, despite their having been critical to the vitality and pluralism of the region since the earliest days of Christianity.
The Church in the United States stands in solidarity with Christians in the Middle East. Consider joining efforts to support Middle East Christians with a donation to the Knights of Columbus, Aid to the Church in Need, Catholic Relief Services, or Catholic Near East Welfare Association.
By accepting this message, you will be leaving the website of the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. This link is provided
solely for the user's convenience. By providing this link, the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops assumes no responsibility for,
nor does it necessarily endorse, the website, its content, or