Arab world

Exactly four years ago, on July 29 2013, Jesuit priest Father Paolo Dall’Oglio was abducted in the rebel-held eastern city of Raqqa in Syria. Witnesses said Father Paolo was kidnapped while he was...
That the Middle East is the cradle of the worlds three monotheisms is a phrase one encounters in every high-school textbook or tourist brochure about the region. But this fact alone reveals little...
t's now or never for displaced Iraqi Christians Martin Banni had fled northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains in 2014,, which had been seized by ISIS in a single night. Arriving in Kurdish northern Iraq, the...
More than 550 boys and girls from various parts of Iraq have fled to Alqosh, a town of the Nineveh Plain, to attend the "Youth Festival", organized under the patronage of the Patriarchate of Bablonia...
The Council of Eastern Catholic Patriarchs will meet before August 15 in Dimane, Lebanon, at the patriarchal summer home of the Maronite Patriarch, to focus on the complex situation of indigenous...
They came to Beirut from around the world, from Australia, South America, Europe and the United States. Some came from Africa, and some from nearby countries in the Middle East. They clapped and...
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon accompanied the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Sako on his first visit to Mosul, which has just been taken from ISIS. Its rotund form is as elegant as ever but nothing...
In November 2016, Pope Francis made the unusual move of elevating Archbishop Mario Zenari, papal nuncio in Syria, to the College of Cardinals. With this appointment, the Pope acknowledged and honored...
Three long years after being forced out of their towns and villages by extremist group Daesh (ISIS) – thousands upon thousands of Christians now have the long awaited chance to begin their return...
Between Syria and Iraq, while the Islamic State's military defeat is approaching, different and conflicting Kurdish entities seek international endorsement for their own independence cause, casting...
As some Iraqi Christians make a slow return to the region around Mosul following the defeat of the Islamic State group, many say it will take time to rebuild their lives and even longer to rebuild...
This month, Pope Francis opened up a new path to sainthood for “those Christians who, following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus, have offered their life voluntarily and freely for others and...
On July 20-25, in many villages and towns of the Nineveh Plain once inhabited mostly by Christians, 15 statues of the Virgin of Lourdres have been installed to replace those removed and destroyed by...
Although the United States and other coalition forces have driven ISIS from Iraqi cities like Mosul, the task of rebuilding remains enormous. Plus, what will become of the persecuted Christians? U.S...
A Catholic charity in France has sent 15 Virgin Mary statues to Iraq to replace those destroyed by ISIS during the group's three-plus-year targeting of those it deemed to not follow its brand of...
  The Chaldean Patriarchate issued the following statement on the situation on Friday July 21 on the Nineveh Plain:   It is unfortunate that the attempt to put a hand on the towns of the Nineveh...
A group of Iraqi youth of different faiths aims to fight the fanaticism and divisions plaguing their country with an arsenal of peace-building tools acquired from a workshop in Lebanon. The workshop...
For seven tumultuous years, Matthew Nowery has been sustained by his infectiously strong faith as he works for Samaritan's Purse in northern Iraq. Working latterly to heal the horrific damage done by...
As the conflict in Syria continues the Catholic Charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced 32 projects to support thousands of suffering Christian families. The projects include food aid...
Hope and expectation are rising after Yemen confirmed that missionary Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen more than a year ago, is “alive.” The heartening news was communicated...