Arab world

In a common declaration, signed by Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II, Catholics and Copts declare for the first time that they will recognise each other’s sacrament of baptism. The joint...
In his address to leaders of government and civil institutions in Egypt, Pope Francis focused on the country’s role in seeking solutions to the complex issues that face the Middle East. Listen to...
The International Conference for Peace hosted by Al Azhar Sunni University, in Cairo which will have its climax in the afternoon of Friday 28 April with a speech by Pope Francis, “will issue a...
In a meeting with Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox leader Pope Tawadros II on Friday, Pope Francis said the two communities must oppose violence and work more closely together to witness to Christ in the...
Religious leaders must denounce violations of human rights and expose attempts to justify violence and hatred in the name of God. That was Pope Francis’ message on Friday at the International Peace...
Pope Tawadros wrapped up his five-day visit to Kuwait with a press conference and a formal dinner with his Kuwaiti hosts. The Pope began his press conference by thanking his host Prince Sheikh al-...
In his address to leaders of government and civil institutions in Egypt, Pope Francis focused on the country’s role in seeking solutions to the complex issues that face the Middle East. Egypt, he...
Pope Francis travels to Cairo on Friday, April 28, to meet with Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar university. The Pope will spend just over 24 hours in the Egyptian capital, where...
Egyptian artist Ayman William has taken on the task of painting the new extension of the Cairo Church. As Coptic Christians are persecuted, churches are blown up and the Pope prepares to visit the...
Pope Francis’ meeting with the Coptic Orthodox leader, Pope Tawadros in Cairo on Friday will be an important sign of solidarity with Christians who suffer and die for their faith in Egypt and...
An American Catholic priest ministering in Egypt has said Christians there fear for their safety and talk about wanting to leave their homeland in the wake of the Palm Sunday terrorist attacks north...
Anba Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak describes his joy for Pope Francis’s visit and his uneasiness towards his country, hit by terrorism. He talks about the fraternal relations with Tawadros II and those with...
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa has entrusted Fr. Rif'at Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan (CCSM...
As Pope Francis prepares for a two-day visit to Egypt at the end of this week, experts on the country say he will face a series of difficult choices while he's there. The trip could be one of the...
The Pope’s trip to Egypt has three dimensions, explains Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke: “A pastoral dimension, with the Catholic community, although small, an ecumenical dimension...
The Pope is scheduled to fly to Cairo on Friday, April 28 for a 2-day pastoral journey during which he will celebrate Mass, participate in a conference for peace, meet with clergy, encourage the...
His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III Younan made a pre-Easter visit his beleaguered faithful in Syria. His Beatitude Ignatius Youssef III Younan, patriarch of Antioch and All the East for Syriac...
Holy Week 2017 began with a horrifying reminder of suffering and hate. Palm Sunday witnessed massacre and martyrdom in Egypt, as two suicide bombers struck Coptic churches in two cities — Tanta, in...
The Lebanese Syriac Orthodox bishop made the claim during the celebrations for the 47th anniversary of Virgin's apparitions. The portraits of the two bishops were displayed inside the church and...
"Christ is risen and the destiny of our brother-archbishops Boulos and Yohanna is still unclear". Pascha fell this year close to the day of their abduction. "This fourth anniversary is perhaps the...