Arab world

"The Christian community in Libya is now reduced to a minimum but I intend to stay here even if only one Christian remains", says His Exc. Mgr. Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli, Apostolic Vicar of...
Three French bishops visited the Christian communities affected by the ongoing conflict and unrest in Iraq last week. Their four-day trip included stops in Karakosh, Alqosh, Kirkuk and Erbil. Among...
Protests are ramping up around the world against Islamic extremists who have purged Iraqi Christians from lands they have inhabited for 2,000 years. Demonstrations against the Islamic State of Iraq...
The families that have fled Mosul "must be able to stay in our homeland, Iraq". Facilitating their exile through special visas is not the real solution, rather a political effort is needed that will...
Archaeologists, historians, and many in the local populace are distraught. Iraqi-British archaeologist Lamia Al-Gailani Werr is an honorary senior research associate at the Institute of Archaeology,...
Lebanese TV station LBCI is adding the Arabic letter "N" to its name in solidarity with Iraqi Christians, who are being persecuted for their faith by the jihadist terror group Islamic State....
Since capturing the country's second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay taxes levied on non-Muslims, or...
Pope Francis celebrated the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola by meeting the family of a Jesuit kidnapped in Syria a year ago and joining them and priests at the Jesuit headquarters for lunch. Fr...
The patriarchs and heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued a statement in which they strongly condemn the persecution and displacement of Christians in Mosul by the so-called Islamic State in...
MANCHESTER, England (CNS) -- Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist...
If there is hell on Earth, it is found these days in the Middle East where aggression and violence are rampant. Political and religious extremism are leading to fear, disempowerment, dispossession,...
The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) has issued a statement condemning painful events swiping across Syria, Palestine and Iraq. It also denounces the displacement of Christians and others from...
Though 2013 was one of the worst years ever for attacks on religious freedom around the world, there are numerous interfaith initiatives at grass roots level that give great hope for long term...
The Iraqi ambassador to the Holy See has lamented the ongoing persecution of Christians by ISIS forces in Iraq, stating that they are an important and historic part of the country’s origins. “Right...
After the destruction of historical monuments in the city of Mosul by militants of the Islamic State, the first local movement of armed resistance against the jihadists who have proclaimed the...
A missile launched from the areas of Aleppo controlled by the rebels has fallen in the area of the Armenian Catholic parish of the Holy Trinity, in the district of Al-Meydan, causing the death of...
The proclamation of the caliphate by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) provoked enthusiasm in the young generations of jihadists but criticisms from numerous Muslim figures who reacted to...
Archbishop of Lyon His Eminence Cardinal Philip Barbarin visited Baghdede (Qaraqosh/Hamdaniya) on Tuesday, July 29, and met with the clergy and refugees from Mosul. The archbishop was accompanied...
France says it is ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by Islamic extremists ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death. France’s...
Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for the month of August has been released focusing on “refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes” that they may “find a generous welcome and the...