POPE BENEDICT XVI: "Many of you come from areas where Christians, as individuals and communities, face painful trials and difficulties which are a source of deep concern to us all. Through you, I would like to assure all the faithful of the Middle East of my spiritual closeness and my prayer that this land, so important in God’s plan of salvation, may be led, through constructive dialogue and cooperation, to a future of justice and lasting peace. All Christians need to work together in mutual acceptance and trust in serving the cause of peace and justice in fidelity to the Lord’s will. May the example and intercession of the countless martyrs and saints who down the ages have borne courageous witness to Christ in all our Churches, sustain and strengthen all of us in meeting the challenges of the present with confidence and hope in the future which the Lord is opening before us. Upon you, and upon all those associated with the work of the Commission, I cordially invoke a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom, joy and peace". CRISIS MAGAZINE: Obama Ignores the Fears of Middle Eastern Christians ACN: Helping the helpless in Syria
Jerusalem bishop: "Syria sexual violence must end"
Persecution of Christians: natural effect of the Arab Spring
Iran sentences American pastor Saeed Abedini to 8 years in prison OF INTEREST: Race to save the language of Jesus: Aramaic in danger of becoming extinct as number of speakers of ancient tongue plummets
Thoughts and Sayings of Saint Margaret Mary: Love of One's Neighbor, Charity, Humility26. I think that, according to what our Lord makes known to me, He does not wish to take away from you these feelings contrary to the virtue of humility; He leaves you something to fight against, so that He may reward your victories; and also, that you may be continually on your guard and have a great distrust of yourself.
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