Arab world

Before ISIS swept across the Nineveh Plains in the summer of 2014, driving more than 100,000 Christians into exile in Kurdistan, some 5,000 Syriac-Catholic families made their homes on ancient...
Mideast Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs decried the desperate situation they face as shepherds of churches “whose existence is in real danger.” They categorized the continued displacement of...
Every summer the Maronite Catholic Eparchy (diocese) of Jbeil, Lebanon, carries out an outreach mission aimed at implementing the word of God in the daily life of parishioners and building up the...
After three years in exile from Iraq’s Nineveh Plain while it was occupied by the Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena are returning to their homeland to face the daunting...
As Iraq and surrounding areas face the destruction of many of the region’s archaeological treasures, one priest and his fellow Dominicans are preserving the area’s history and culture through an...
The Vatican announced Wednesday, August 9, that Pope Francis has named Bishop Emanuel Hana Shaleta as head the eparchy of Saint Peter Apostle of San Diego of the Chaldeans, pulling him from his...
A Christian Charity is giving £400,000 to help thousands of displaced families in northern Iraq in urgent need of shelter. Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, UK (ACN) will provide for 100,...
Although Iraqi forces recaptured Qaraqosh, about nine miles from the edge of Mosul, from the Islamic State last October, it took many months before Christians felt comfortable enough to return, and...
The urgency of the problems facing displaced Iraqi Christians has driven a new campaign by the Knights of Columbus to resettle an entire village in their homes, says a spokesman for the Knights. The...
The Christian population in nine Middle Eastern states is estimated at 14,526,000, down from 14,740,000 in 2010, according to a report published by a Vatican newspaper. The total population of Cyprus...
The Italian section of Vatican Radio on Friday, July 4, interviewed Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, Chaldean Catholic patriarch of Babylon and head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, who spoke about...
It has been three challenging years since 6-7 August 2014, when the Christians of Nineveh Plain (NP) towns were unfairly forced to leave their own land, homes and properties. In remembering such...
Pope Francis, joining the US, the European Union and the United Kingdom, has recognized the crimes of ISIS against Christians and other minorities as genocide. That designation should make Iraq’s...
The Knights of Columbus are to raise and donate $2 million to help save Karemlash, a predominantly Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain that was invaded and ransacked by ISIS before being liberated...
Amid the instability and violence that have occurred in the region over the course of more than ten years, eight churches in Baghdad have closed their doors for good, according to a human rights...
Archbishop Amel Nona was the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul when ISIS invaded the city in 2014 forcing the Christian communities to flee. The archbishop found shelter together with his flock...
“Those were the best moments of my life!” When the summer camp for the St. Francis of Aleppo parish ended, the children’s feedback was unanimous, [and] the camp was a success. Parents were also just...
‘Many of the children would spend the whole day roaming around the streets if they didn‘t come to us in school,’ says local priest Security concerns prompted the Vatican to cancel Pope Francis’ visit...
Thousands of displaced families in northern Iraq urgently in need of a roof over their heads have had their prayers answered – with help from benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need (UK). The...
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...