This text and podcast is the third of five reflective radio talks for Easter from Harry Hagopian, focusing on the presence, life and witness of the often-forgotten historic Christian communities across the Middle East. Today, attention turns to the beautiful country of Lebanon, a cradle of faith, yet buffeted by one crisis after another.
Migration is a fact of life, an instinct to survive and an inevitable consequence of globalization - something we can neither turn our backs on it nor control, declared a statement of participants at a faith-led public hearing in Beirut.
Migration is a human concern, not a Muslim or a Christian one, and joint action is vital, declared representatives of Lebanon's six most numerous faith communities at a Public Hearing on Migration in Beirut this week.
Following on from his visit to the United States, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has embarked on a series of short visits to Armenia, Syria and Lebanon. The aim is to deepen church relations and promote peace. The trip runs from 22 - 29 September 2007.
More than 300,000 Lebanese people took part in a huge unity rally in Beirut, the country's capital, on 14 February 2007. They were there to mark the anniversary of the murder of parliamentarian Rafik Hariri, reports Independent Catholic News.
The former moderator of the World Council of Churches, Catholicos Aram I of the Armenian Apostolic Church, says Lebanese leaders need to sustain the democracy they have and not continue fomenting insecurity that could easily trigger more unrest in Lebanon, reports Ecumenical News International.