Middle East

Demonstrators wave Lebanese flags during an anti-government protest on a highway in Jal el-Dib Oct. 23, 2019. The Oct. 29 resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri followed 13 days of massive country-wide demonstrations. (CNS photo/Alkis Konstantinidis, Reuters)
Tony Homsy, S.J. November 05, 2019
Conditions in Lebanon have been so bad for so long that most people seemed to have come to accept a profound level of government dysfunction. But this summer a series of difficulties—from wildfires raging across the countryside to a national shortage in fuel—highlighted the costs of government
People in northeastern Syria say despite Erdogan's reassurances, the Turkish military and its allied Syrian armed groups are persecuting religious minorities.
Christianity is disappearing from towns and cities in parts of the Middle East, warns a new report from the papal foundation Aid to the Church in Need.
Catholic News Service October 25, 2019
In a statement following their emergency meeting Oct. 23 led by Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite patriarch, the Christian leaders said of the protesting Lebanese, "We express solidarity with their peaceful uprising."
Catholic News Service October 21, 2019
Lebanon's Catholic patriarchs -- who have repeatedly raised their voices against political corruption, imploring the government to address the country's dire economic situation -- expressed their solidarity with the demonstrators.
Turkey's long-threatened incursion into northeast Syria after the sudden pullout of U.S. military forces from the country in early October raises serious moral questions on the responsibility to protect civilians caught in the middle of a new conflict.