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NEW YORK ENCOUNTER 2014 / Fr. Samir: Hoping against Hope in the Middle East

Sharon Mollerus


Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, in his talk at the NEW, spoke about the possibility, and hope, to build an open society in Islamic countries, Christians and Muslims together. By SHARON MOLLERUS

The Middle East continues to be the centre of an unresolved crisis which perpetrates great suffering for the local people and threatens the world’s stability


MIDDLE EAST/ Bishop Shomali: This is how Francis can bring peace to Israel and Palestine

INT. William Shomali

Ilsusssidiario.net has interviewed WILLIAM SHOMALI, Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, on the meeting between Pope Francis and the Palestinian President Abu Mazen


SYRIA/ Unpunished or unchanged? The Pope’s response

Edith Bogue

The response around the world to the call by Pope Francis gave witness to the common feeling that the world could not tolerate the constant proliferation of violence. By Sr. EDITH BOGUE


SYRIA/ Albacete: Kerry’s careless words and the pleas of Pope Francis

Lorenzo Albacete

LORENZO ALBACETE comments on some possible positive developments of the Syrian crisis and compares Kerry’s careless words with Popes Francis’ and John Paul II’s pleas for peace


SYRIA/ Moralistic political theater

Scott Dodge

Assad bears full responsibility for using chemical weapons, but will the success of the opposition, which consists mostly of Islamist groups, better the Syrian situation? By SCOTT DODGE


SYRIA/ Fisk (The Independent): Syria is exactly like Iraq

INT. Robert Fisk

ROBERT FISK, Middle East correspondent of The Independent, analyses the possible consequences of an attack on Assad by the West, making a comparison with the unsuccessful Iraq war


LEBANON/ Ghaussaoun, Omar and Ryad: faces of hope from Syrian refugee camps


In response to the Holy Father Francis’appeal for the many refugees who await help and comfort, AVSI has launched #10forSyria, a fund raising campaign, from June 17th to August 31st


SYRIA/ Ammar Waqqaf: The downfall of Assad is far from being certain

INT. Ammar Waqqaf

In this interview, AMMAR WAQQAF, a Syrian political activist living in the UK, talks about the situation in his country, where a possible final victory by Assad cannot be excluded


Syria/ Trappist Nuns: This is the reason we decided to stay, in spite of everything


Eight years ago, four Trappist nuns chose to found a Benedictine monastery in Syria. One of them tells us of the changes the civil war has brought in the attitude of the local population


SYRIA/ The Custody of the Holy Land: A dramatic emergency


The Custos of the Holy Land, Father PIZZABALLA, highlights the increasingly dramatic situation in Syria, particularly of Christians, and calls for a concrete support to the Syrian people


MIDDLE EAST/ The Israeli Elections

Michael Sean Winters

MICHAEL SEAN WINTERS analyses the results of the recent Israeli elections and the possible outcomes for the situation in the Middle east, particularly against the Iranian nuclear threat


ISRAEL/ Herzog (Haaretz): Between the Israeli elections and the possibilities for Syria after ...

INT. Michael Herzog

MICHAEL HERZOG discusses the upcoming elections in Israel, who is likely to win, and what they will mean for the rest of the region, focusing especially on the ongoing war in Syria


GAZA/ The role of Egypt and of the Muslim Brotherhood in the crisis

INT. Carlo Jean

Military analyst CARLO JEAN comments on the skirmishes between Israel and Hamas and on whether or not these raids could escalate into a war in the whole Middle East.


MIDDLE EAST/ Herzog (Haaretz): Let’s not stifle the hope of negotiations

INT. Michael Herzog

MICHAEL HERZOG comments on the statements by the President of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen and on the possibilities for further peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine.


MIDDLE EAST/ Christians are Litmus Test for Understanding Effects of Arab Spring

Edward Pentin

The Custos of the Holy Land, Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM, predicts the possible outcome of the Pope’s incoming visit to Lebanon and depicts the general situation in the Middle East