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



Christian leaders pray in front of the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, in 2010. CNS photo/Debbie Hill


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    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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