Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has encouraged Christians across the world to support their sisters and brothers in the historic churches of the Middle East, as they face continuing pressures in the region.
As he heads to what could be a sea of controversy in Israel-Palestine, Pope Benedict XVI's Middle East trip has been marked by a strong message of reconciliation and affirmation of hard-pressed historic Christian communities in the region.
Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan has been named as the 2008 winner of the Niwano Peace Prize for efforts at building peace with justice in the Middle East, especially with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Describing the past six months as "a disaster for Palestinians and indeed the whole Middle East," the leading Lutheran bishop in Jerusalem has urged US Christians to join their Middle East brothers and sisters and say they are "fed up" with stigmatization, bloodshed, hatred and occupation affecting both Israelis and Palestinians.
Concerns are growing at the level of hardship being experienced across Jordan as a result of the growing number of Iraqi refugees, in what Christian charity World Emergency Relief (WER) is calling a ‚Äòhidden crisis'.