Arab world

A document signed by Patriarch Béchara Raï tries to curb the controversy and personal attacks unleashed over some aspects of the Church’s doctrine and teachings. A rampant phenomenon that even Pope...
The ancient Christian communities of Syria have been almost decimated during the past five years due to attacks from rebel groups operating in Syria, both “moderate” ones funded by the United States...
Patriarch of the Chaldean Church in Iraq Louis Raphael Sako has called for the Federal Government of Iraq to put an end to the practice of including people's religion on their national identity cards...
At Regina Coeli, Francis says he is “deeply troubled” and invokes the “instruments available to the international community” asking all politicians to “ensure that justice and peace prevail”. Francis...
A Catholic archbishop is desperately trying to breathe life back into Qaraqosh, a small Christian town on the Nineveh Plain in Iraq, that suffered from two years’ rule under ISIS and is now piecing...
"In Mar Musa the situation is calm and even in the Valley of Christians, where I was born and raised, there are no tensions. However, the overall situation of the country is still precarious"....
Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai appealed to world leaders to stop the war in Syria and to work for comprehensive peace through diplomatic means. “As the great powers are beating the drums of a new war...
"The repeated divisions" in the UN Security Council are "deplorable" because, in fact, they have "prevented" any attempt to resolve the conflict and seek a stable and lasting peace in Syria. This is...
The Algerian government has approved the holding of a beatification Mass in Oran for seven French Trappist monks who were martyred in the country in 1996, AFP reports. “The beatification will take...
The latest developments in the war in Syria show that "no one is willing to leave this country in peace"; on the contrary, regional actors and world powers "seem to be increasingly bent on finding...
From Douma the news of a night raid with gas that killed 70 people and intoxicated hundreds more. The Pope, “Political and military leaders should choose negotiation, the only way that can lead to a...
Over the past seven years, the Syrian conflict has caused devastation to the country and people of Syria. For 90 young people with profound learning difficulties, the Mustard Seed centre in Homs Old...
Iraq, an epicenter of persecution, has bled itself of Christians for the past 15 years. On Monday, April 2, the Iraqi Human Rights Society (IHRS) issued a report outlining the magnitude of their...
When Pope Saint John Paul II visited Syria in 2001, he called on Christians to remember Syria’s “magnificent contribution” to the history of Christianity. As the country reels from seven years of...
The young men and women in traditional costumes of red, blue and white, the colors of the Assyrian flag, jumped into the middle of the park. With feathers or gold tiaras on their heads, they danced,...
Rita Habib described the moment she was reunited with her father after nearly four years of Islamic State captivity as “a dream.” A Christian woman from Qaraqosh, who was kidnapped by the Islamic...
The blood of Iraqi martyrs is a "source of inspiration" that can provide “spiritual values​​" to fill “our life with hope, human dignity, tolerance and peace,” writes Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako...
Persecution of Christians is worse today "than at any time in history", a recent report by the organization Aid to the Church in Need revealed. Iraq happens to be "ground zero" for the "elimination"...
Christians in the Middle East are under siege, and Aid to the Church in Need is helping them in many ways, including by providing humanitarian emergency aid Speaking with us during Holy Week, Syriac...
His Beatitude Ignace Joseph III Younan: ‘There is real hope that Iraq could be reborn after so many years of turmoil.’ In the summer of 2014, some 100,000 Christians fled their ancestral homelands in...