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Southern Beirut destruction

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Posted August 14, 2006

UN Resolution 1701 regarding the cease fire in Lebanon.
UNITED NATIONS -- Following is the full text of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 on the Israel-Hezbollah war:.... Click here to read the full text

 


 

Posted August 9, 2006

Status of proposed cease fire resolution
A few days ago, the United States and France proposed a resolution for the cessation of hostilities between Israel and Lebanon. The Lebanese government expressed some serious reservations with the language of this proposed resolution, and offered amendments. Yesterday, a delegation from the Arab League arrived in New York to discuss the unified position of the Lebanese government and the Arab league. As of today, unfortunately, there has not been any progress made in these discussions. We hope and pray that there will be a cessation of hostilities very soon.


Posted August 8, 2006

URGENT APPEAL IN REGARDS TO THE SUFFERING PEOPLE OF LEBANON.

Beloved Faithful and Friends of the Self-ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America:

We are currently undertaking a massive appeal for funds to aid the suffering people of Lebanon (See Metropolitan PHILIP’s letter of July 25 by clicking here). Since His Eminence wrote that appeal the situation has grown even more dire. There are now more than 1000 people who have been killed and about 3000 wounded. In addition, more than 1,000,000 Lebanese have been displaced from their homes, becoming refugees in their own country. This sad reality, coupled with the Israeli blockade by land, sea and air, has created a humanitarian disaster that is growing more and more unbearable on a daily basis. Children are without food and mothers are without milk for their babies. The elderly are without medicine and essential medical treatments.

Metropolitan PHILIP has already forwarded $100,000 in advance to His Eminence, Metropolitan ELIAS of Beirut, to help with the overflow of refugees that the Archdiocese of Beirut is trying to comfort and help, however, the need is so much greater. We therefore appeal to you to immediately send donations through your local parish or directly to the Archdiocese.

At the same time, we urge the pastors of the parishes to work diligently to collect all the donations and forward them to the Archdiocese as soon as possible.


Posted August 7, 2006

ARAB FOREIGN MINISTERS SHOW SOLIDARITY IN SUPPORT OF LEBANON
Beirut, Monday August 7, 2006
The Foreign Ministers who represent the countries of the Arab League.....Read More...


Posted August 4, 2006


The members of the Standing Conference of American Middle-Eastern Christina and Muslim Religious Leaders
who
attended the August 6th emergency Meeting (l. to r.)  Bishop Antoun, Fr. Nerses Manoogian,
Sheik Sami Merhi, Metropolitan Philip, Sheikh Hamad Ahmad Chebli, Imam Fadhel Al-Sahlani, Mr. Abdulbaset Ibrahim

The Standing Conference of American Middle-Eastern Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders Convenes in an Emergency Session and Issues a Resolution Dealing with the Crisis in Lebanon.
Click Here to Read Full Press Release


Posted August 3, 2006

Hagel Floor Statement on the Current Situation in the Middle East
Read the full statement from the senate website.

Contact Senator Hagel directly from his website. 
Express to him your support and encouragement.

Support Senator Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) As He Speaks Out Against The Killing and Destruction  In The Middle East

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) delivered the following statement on the Senate floor today regarding the current situation in the Middle East: Read Full Article

Senator Hagel's full contact information:

Washington, D.C. Office
248 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-4224
Fax: (202) 224-5213
Omaha Office
11301 Davenport Street, Suite 2
Omaha, NE 68154
Tel: (402) 758-8981
Fax: (402) 758-9165
Lincoln Office
294 Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508
Tel: (402) 476-1400
Fax: (402) 476-0605
Kearney Office
4111 Fourth Avenue, Suite 26
Kearney, NE 68845
Tel: (308) 236-7602
Fax: (308) 236-7473
Scottsbluff Office
115 Railway Street, Suite C102
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Tel: (308) 632-6032
Fax: (308) 632-6295

THE WATER OF CANA IS TURNED INTO BLOOD
By His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP

Primate, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
July 31, 2006

 

Cana (modern spelling is “Qana”) is a little village in South Lebanon which was blessed by the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his Holy Mother and his disciples.  Cana is the Village where Christ performed his first miracle by changing the water into wine at the marriage feast.  (John 2: 1-11).  Thus, Cana is deeply rooted in our Christian history. 

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Letter from Metropolitan HERMAN, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America to Metropolitan PHILIP


Letter from Fr. John Finley of the Department of Missions and Evangelism


YOU SHOULD TAKE ACTION NOW!
As an American Christian of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America with a commitment to peacemaking and concern for all the peoples of the Middle East who are suffering in this current crisis, I appeal to President George W. Bush and the United States Congress to take action to achieve an immediate cease-fire.


APPEAL TO BE READ FROM THE PULPIT - July 25, 2006
An appeal for all of faithful to contribute generously to assist the victims of war.


CLICK HERE TO READ FULL RESOLUTION
On July 20, 2006 the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America appeals to President Bush for intervention in the Crisis in Lebanon and the Middle East.


LETTER FROM AL-KAFAAT IN LEBANON
Expressing the pain and frustration that is being experienced first-hand in Lebanon. This is one of the many letters that His Eminence has received from those who are personally witnessing the pain and suffering.