Arab world

Meeting on April 28 with President al-Sisi and Patriarch Tawadros II. The Pope will speak with the Grand Imam of al-Azhar at the International Conference on Peace. Pope Francis’ trip to Egypt next 28...
The Chaldean Catholic patriarch is supporting a more than 80-mile peace march during Holy Week to urge an end to violence in his homeland and throughout the Middle East. The Chaldean Catholic Church...
Electricians started rewiring the town of Qaraqosh. This is the first sign of reconstruction since ISIL fighters were forced out in December 2016. Even so, the services will be of little benefit to...
Thousands upon thousands of Iraqi Christians forced from their towns and villages by Daesh (ISIS) are an important step closer to returning home after Church leaders formed a taskforce charged with...
Egypt's official religious institution tasked with drafting edicts has found 3,000 fatwas (religious edicts) issued by extremists that incite the destruction of churches in the country, Egypt’s Grand...
The desolation of a burned Iraqi church left Argentine-born missionary Father Luis Montes with the firm conviction that Satan is at the root of the attacks. “The one who is behind everything is the...
“The Pope of Peace in Egypt” is the motto of the trip Pope Francis will undertake April 28-29, visiting the city of Cairo, shared Monsignor Emmanuel Ayad Bushay, Bishop of Luxor, Thebes of the Copts...
Medical needs that are not being met in Iraqi Kurdistan have reached a critical point, according to the UK-based medical donations charity International Health Partners (IHP). This week the charity...
US first lady Melania Trump presented the 2017 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award to 13 women, including Sister Carolin Tahhan from Syria, on Wednesday, March 29. Sister...
A Sister helping Christian families in war-torn Syria has revealed the severity of the on-going crisis across the country – despite the holding ceasefire. Speaking at Aid to the Church in Need’s Area...
The cost of rebuilding Christian villages destroyed by Daesh (ISIS) in northern Iraq could exceed £160 million (US$200 million), according to a survey carried out by a Catholic charity. But, with...
Christians in Iraq are faced with running out of the supplies that are keeping them alive, the aid coordinator for the Catholic archdiocese of Erbil told World Watch Monitor. As recently as 2003,...
Pope Francis has appealed for a concerted effort to protect Iraqi civilians who are victims of the ongoing bloody war in their nation and he prayed in particular for those who are trapped in the...
It is not possible to describe the suffering of the Syrian people with human words. The only effective description of the southern country is the following: “Whoever doesn’t believe in Hell, suffice...
The hardest challenge for Iraq’s Christians is uncertainty and not knowing where the next dollar is to come from, according to John Neill, a volunteer aid worker for the Chaldean archdiocese of Erbil...
For decades, merchant Rifat El-Sayeh, a Coptic Christian, wanted to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and visit the Church of the Nativity in nearby Bethlehem. But mostly, he wanted...
Mar Sako tells of west Mosul "difficult but necessary" liberation. Jihadis "use people" as human shields amid narrow streets and houses. Thousands have died and more than 10,000 homes have been...
Yohanna Towaya, who lost all his livelihood after ISIS invaded his home town, says Christians and Yazidis prayed for Trump to win the US election and have high hopes he can lead the way in saving...
Their future depends on help from the West, according to a senior Chaldean Catholic official. A senior aid worker within the Chaldean Catholic archdiocese in northern Iraq has described the Christian...
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil says the international community is key to aiding his strife-torn country. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, has been the locus for assisting...