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Iraq’s Evangelicals Use Pope Francis’s Visit to Press for Equality

Pope Francis traveled to war-torn Iraq today “as a pilgrim of peace, seeking fraternity [and] reconciliation.” The trip’s official logo, written in three languages, comes from Matthew 23: “You are all brothers.” Iraq’s evangelicals, therefore, have asked for the pope’s help. “The other churches don’t want us, and accuse us of everything,” said Maher Dawoud, […]

Lebanon Prayer: Proper Power

God, Lebanon struggles to keep on the power. Lebanon struggles with power. Yours is the sovereignty, God. You delegate some. And Lebanon struggles to keep it. “Do not stay silent,” the patriarch urged, proposing a path of neutrality. Hundreds arrived to his place in the hills, as he invites the global community To act where […]

If Muslims Can Build Churches in Egypt, Has Persecution Ended?

Egyptian Christians have long struggled to build their churches. But now, they can have Muslim help. Last month, Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawki Allam issued a fatwa (religious ruling) allowing Muslim paid labor to contribute toward the construction of a church. Conservative scholars had argued this violated the Quranic injunction to not help “in sin and […]

Who Will Save Algeria’s Closed Churches: the UN, US, or Hirak?

Algeria’s Christians hope that a one-two punch may reopen their churches. Last December, a letter from the United Nations asked the North African government to give account. And in recent days, popular protests resumed after crackdowns and a COVID-19 hiatus. Two years ago, Protestants cheered when the Algerian Hirak [Arabic for movement] forced the resignation […]

Lebanon Prayer: A New Judge

God, Six months. Starting over. Sort of. The Beirut explosion now has a new judge. A young man, respected, dares enter the fray. First he must scour the thousands of notes Left behind by the judge tossed aside for his work. Then he must weigh if those efforts were true. Were figures indicted the right […]

Interview: The Middle East Church Must Resemble Salt, not Rabbits

Pope Francis will make the first papal visit ever to Iraq in March to encourage the dwindling faithful. War and terrorism have hemorrhaged the nation’s Christians, but he hopes they might return. Meanwhile in Lebanon, Michel Abs, recently selected as the new leader of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), agrees with the pontiff. […]

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