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Niwano Peace Prize awarded to Lebanese interreligious foundation

BEIRUT (CNS): Adyan, a Lebanese foundation for interreligious studies and spiritual solidarity, is the recipient of the 35th Niwano Peace Prize.
 
Announcing the international award in Beirut, Lebanon, on February 19, Maronite Father Fadi Daou, president of Adyan Foundation, said that the country had moved “a firm step further toward its recognition as a world centre for dialogue between cultures and religions.” 
 

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Mideast patriarchs express hope in the midst of uncertainty

BEIRUT (CNS): In their Christmas messages, the Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East—with hope, despite uncertainty in the region—called for peace, security, prayer and solidarity. 
 
From Baghdad, Iraq, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, expressed his hope for a new phase for the country and that the recent triumph over the Islamic State, along with the termination of terrorist control of Mosul and other cities, will marked a step toward security and stability. 
 

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Maronite World Youth Day

BEIRUT (AsiaNews): The World Maronite Youth Day kicked off in Lebanon on July 13 to offer young Maronites born outside the country an immersion experience in an Antiochian-Syriac cultural and human environment out of which the culture of their rite grew.
 
Organised by the Patriarchate Youth Pastoral Office along the model of World Youth Day, the 10-day international gathering of young Maronite Catholics has attracted some 450 overseas enrollments from across the five continents.
 

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