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Syria – Christians: Under Siege

In the ravaged country, many religious institutions and buildings, both Muslim and Christian, have been hit, damaged or destroyed. The confessional element of the conflict has been underlined by commentators, especially those, on both sides, blaming the intervention of foreign forces on the battlefield. The Iran-backed Shia militia and party, Hezbollah, gave its support to…

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Beyond Syria’s battlefield

Syria is the field where Middle East powers are playing a game that involves regional interests and hegemonies, arms trafficking and funding to militant groups. A struggle far beyond Syria’s battlefield:  the control of the Arab world is at stake. Israel’s concern The ‘Arab Spring’ was a nightmare for Israel. Uprisings led to the collapse…

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Syria – three year-old civil war

Syria’s civil war has occurred in two phases. The first phase, roughly from January 2011 until March 2012, was largely an internal affair. When the Arab Spring erupted in Tunisia and Egypt in January 2011, protests erupted in Syria as well. In addition to the usual grievances under a brutal regime, Syrians were reeling from…

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Egypt/Syria: cultural heritage at risk

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Political conflicts in Cairo, and the civil war that broke out in Syria in 2011, between rebel groups and President Bashar Assad’s forces, have inflicted heavy damage on the countries’ cultural heritage. There have already been instances of irreparable destruction of several cultural properties, and many others are at risk. Besides military attacks, “sideline damages”…

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Syria – The church’s commitment for peace

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  A shattered country. A population in poverty. Arms to warring factions. A difficult dialogue. Notwithstanding, the Church is committed to peace. We met Monsignor Antoine Audo, bishop of Aleppo and president of Caritas Syria. Riots began two years ago in Daraa, a town in southern Syria near the Jordanian border. They quickly spread to…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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