As Some Mideast Countries Empty of Christians, Lebanese Numbers Swell

An Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds a souvenir of the Holy Family Dec. 12 as a boy looks on at a church in Hazmiyeh, near Beirut (CNS photo/Jamal Saidi, Reuters).

By Brooke Anderson Catholic News Service - December 2014 SED EL BOUSHRIEH, Lebanon -- Aramaic, Syriac and different Arabic dialects from Iraq and eastern Syria can be heard on the narrow hilly streets of Sed El Boushrieh. Strings of Christmas lights adorn neighborhood churches and hang from balconies of apartments, whose residents many never return to their ...