Missionary: ‘our exit from Afghanistan was a real miracle’


The Catholic community in Afghanistan had been organized under a sui iuris mission (a small independent mission under the direct jurisdiction of the Vatican). The procurator general of the Barnabites, Father José Carbajal, had explained that “ever since the beginning of the Barnabite presence in Afghanistan, our mission has been exercised within the Italian Embassy in Kabul.

In Lebanon, a Carmelite monastery attracts Christians and Muslims alike


At present the Christians of this country, the ‘Land of the Cedars’, make up around one third of the population. Their numbers had already seen a great decrease, ever since the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to 1990, but there has been a mass emigration after the country’s political and economic crisis in October 2019 and again following the devastating explosion which tore through Beirut in August of 2020.