christians in middle east

Lebanon has been without a President since May 2014. As per Lebanese custom, the President should be Maronite (Eastern Catholic) and is elected by the convening of Parliament with a minimum of a two-thirds quorum.
2013 was a huge year for religion news. The HuffPost Religion editorial team identified these top ten religion stories of the year.
Officially, Christians -- most of them belonging to Eastern-rite Churches -- number some 1.5 million or 5 percent of the total population, but a decade of war and heightened unrest in the wake of the departure of U.S. troops has caused many to flee the country.
Christians, with their ancient roots in the region, provide a unique and essential message of peace and freedom.
I have often inquired of my parents about their childhoods, and about their lives in Alexandria during a time when they say that sectarian tension between Christians, Muslims and Jews simply did not exist -- they were all Egyptians first.