Crisis in the Middle East
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The sacred and pivotal position of Christians in the Middle East has entered a new and critical phase at a time of deepening crisis centring on Syria.
As civil war engulfs the country – and threatens to spill over into neighbouring Lebanon – Christians, with many others, are fleeing for their lives.
The sweeping changes brought about by the Arab Spring mean that Christianity in the Middle East is facing an increasingly uncertain future.
Focussing primarily on Syria and Lebanon, these pages assess the growing crisis the faithful face.
Watch and listen
WATCH: The BBC's Fergal Keane reports on Syrian Christians' fears for their future
WATCH: Lebanon's Christian example (2008)
WATCH: Christians in Egypt between hope and fear (2012)
More Middle East videos
LISTEN: Aid to the Church in Need's Neville Kyrke-Smith and John Newton discuss the crisis facing Christians in the Middle East.
Features and Latest News
Aid to the Church in Need is calling for prayers and support for suffering Christians in Syria – and throughout the Middle East.
John Pontifex examines the situation that Pope Benedict XVI will find Christians in the Middle East facing when he visits Lebanon this weekend.
The head of the Maronite Church assesses the situation in Syria and Lebanon.
A glimpse at the role of the man responsible for the pastoral care of thousands of Syrian familes who have fled over the border.
An open letter from Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus.
A priest in Syria describes challenges the Church faces ministering to the faithful caught up in the conflict.
Your help for Christians in the Middle East
Thanks to you, Aid to the Church in Need is helping Christians to stay in the Middle East – from providing emergency food, medicine and shelter for refugees fleeing Syria's civil war, to sustaining the faithful through pastoral projects across the Middle East – as well as supporting the training of seminarians and the ministry of priests and Sisters.
Our country profiles contain in-depth analysis of the situation for Christians in key Middle Eastern countries, as well as examples of the problems they face and some of the key projects you are supporting.
In pictures: Christians in the Middle East
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In Pictures: Buildings damaged during the attack on Sadad, Syria
In the news
- 22 November 2013SYRIA: Archbishop from Damascus says country continues to suffer
- 15 November 2013UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & MIDDLE EAST: Charity backs Baroness Warsi's warning of Christian exodus
- 14 November 2013UNITED KINGDOM: MP compares persecution of Christians to Kristallnacht
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