Arab world

In April 2013, the parents of slain US journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before...
When word reached Hanifa and her family that the fighters of the so-called Islamic State were approaching their village, they knew they would have to flee, and fast. The fanatics were coming on like...
The president of the US bishops' conference August 19 asked Catholic bishops across the country to take up a special collection for humanitarian needs and pastoral support for Christians and other...
The plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution is a tragedy on an epic level, says Caritas Iraq. They’re working with Caritas Internationalis organisations to reach thousands of people in need. More than...
Pope Francis’s personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community today, pleading for help to liberate...
All over the world, millions of innocent people are facing persecution, imprisonment, and even death because of their religious beliefs. In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of...
“Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in different chapters”. Francis’ words on war, and...
Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil visited Baghdad Monday, August 18, to express his solidarity with Iraq, warning that its division, and the flight of the country's minorities, would have a...
Agenzia Fides has received the new press release of the Chaldean Patriarchate regarding the visit of the Special Envoy of the Holy Father. Following is the text of the press release: The Special...
The plight of religious minorities who are forced to leave Iraq, ISIS’ violence, the US bombings. The Gaza war straight after the prayer for peace. The Holy See’s relations with China, Francis’...
German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier visited Erbil in Kurdistan region on Saturday, August 16, to inspect the conditions of the refugees and to hold talks with Kurdish leaders about the...
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will lead a delegation of Eastern patriarchs in a visit to Iraq to show support and solidarity with the thousands of Christians suffering the advance of Islamist...
The year was 1840, when the Italian city of Otranto met one of the most brutal massacres of Christians in history was perpetrated by the hand of Muslims. A total of 813 people perished in the 18 days...
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged President Obama to answer the call of Pope Francis for the international community "to do...
Pope Francis' special envoy to Iraq has safely arrived in Erbil, the Holy See press officer said Thursday, August 14, adding that he has met with displaced persons and will meet with the Iraqi...
Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, has met with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Vatican special envoy dispatched to address the plight of Christian refugees in Kurdistan. “It is...
Qaraqosh, Tel Kepe, and Karamlesh are just three of the Iraqi towns on the Nineveh plains captured in early August by the Islamic State (IS), but they represent the last major concentration of...
The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State has pushed Vatican diplomacy to add strong calls for international humanitarian intervention to its...
The heads of all of Europe’s bishops conferences have asked the UN Security Council to take urgent decisions to put an end to persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. The...
Iraq's most senior Christian leader has declared that the US and the EU have to flush out jihadist forces from the Nineveh plains and enable communities to return to their ancestral homes. In a...