Over the past few years, millions of Christians had to flee from their homeland because of military conflicts in the Middle East. Lebanese Christians, who have lived through two civil wars, are now at peace with Muslims but the persecution of Christians and the ever-growing presence of Islam fundamentalism is having a strong impact on the life of Maronite Christians in the country.
Hungary has a budget dedicated to helping Christian minorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, they are funding a project to help rebuild thirty-three historic churches, all of which are hundreds of years old. Renovation works started two months ago; the churches will be ready to receive pilgrims by 2020
As we reported earlier on S4C, a new sanctuary was consecrated and inaugurated in St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in the West End of Manhattan, New York. The special sanctuary, dedicated to the victims of persecuted Christians in the Middle East was adorned with an icon written by a Christian artist from Iraq, called Mothana Butres.