Archbishop Elias Chacour to keynote symposium on Christians in the Middle East

OTTAWA — An Israeli Catholic prelate, Archbishop Elias Chacour of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and Galilee, will address a symposium devoted to the future of Christianity in the Middle East at St. Paul’s University on Friday, 21 October, at 7 p.m. and will close the panel discussions on Saturday, 22 October, at noon.

Sponsored by CNEWA and the Sheptytsky Institute, the symposium will feature panels that will address the current crises affecting the Middle East’s Christian minorities and the responsibilities of Canadians to Christians and all minorities in the region.

The recipient of many honorary doctorates and peace awards, including three nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, Archbishop Chacour has dedicated his ministry to peace building, specifically among Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. He is a well-known international figure for his efforts to foster dialogue, understanding and reconciliation in a region known for its antagonism and confrontation. Archbishop Chacour will also be available for interviews with the press, which may be arranged by contacting CNEWA’s Carl Hétu.

Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) is an agency of the Holy See with offices in Ottawa, Rome, New York, Addis Ababa, Amman, Beirut, Ernakulam and Jerusalem. Founded by Pope Pius XI in 1926, CNEWA supports the humanitarian and pastoral works of the Eastern churches throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, India and Northeast Africa.


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