An interview with the Minister-General of the Friars Minor, who has just returned from a visit to the Franciscan communities in Lebanon and Syria. Fr. Michael A. Perry tells us what he saw and then also reported to Pope Francis.
After nine months of meticulous work, the restoration of the Holy Sepulcher has reached its final stages. The scaffoldings that were mounted around the edicule, have already been removed.
The Iraqi capital, completely overwhelmed by war and terrorism, is now fragmented by many walls that surround neighbourhoods, churches and public buildings… Barriers of defence which now become large canvases.
The Israeli Farher David Neuhaus writes to the Minister of the Interior in defence of 14 Filipino teenagers about to be deported. And he reminds him of the debt of gratitude of the Jews towards the Philippines.
“Syria has always been a mosaic of cultures and we will not allow war to destroy that," affirmed the Franciscans of the Custody in Damascus who help the poorest people any way that they can.
The figures announced each year by the demographers of the Jewish state describe a Christian community which remains a tiny minority but does not stop growing. The main threats include the drive towards assimilation.
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