Arab world

Two months after 3-year-old Christina Khider Abada was snatched by Islamic State militants from a bus as her family helplessly watched, Ayda Abada wonders about the fate of her daughter. Now...
Sister Habiba's kindly face is etched with sadness as she surveyed the muddy field where dozens of tents sheltering displaced Iraqi Christians once stood. Cold, punishing rains and blustery wind...
On August 22, 1939, Adolf Hitler, explaining his decision to invade Poland, asked, "Who after all speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?" On the centennial of the massacre of the...
Despite persecution and threats faced by the Catholic faithful in Syria, religious communities in the war-torn country have continued their initiatives to proclaim the message of the Gospel. On...
Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï, the head of the Maronite Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has called upon Lebanon’s Christian political parties to stop...
Iraqi Prime Minister Hider Al-Abadi has expressed an explicit and personal commitment to take charge of the defense of the Christian community in Iraq during a meeting with the leaders of the...
Thousands of ancient Christian manuscripts are being kept safe at an undisclosed location in Kurdistan after being spirited out of Qaraqosh in the Nineveh plain in August, just hours before the town...
In a new book coordinated by Samuel Lieven, titled “The Black Book on the Condition of Christians in the World” and now on sale in Europe, Jean-Michel di Falco, Timothy Radcliffe and Andrea Riccardi...
As the civil war in Syria continues its fourth year, Christians who remain in the country’s capital are finding it harder just to get by – even with the help of the Maronite local Church. “The number...
Basima al-Safar retouches a picture of Jesus on an easel outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of Mosul. The murals she paints tell the story of her people, Christians...
A group of American Muslim and Christian organizations on Thursday, October 23, announced the formation of an interfaith coalition to protect Christians and other religious minorities in Arab...
Reflecting on his recent trip to the Holy Land and to Iraqi Kurdistan, Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City said that for all practical purposes, the bishops of Mosul no longer have Churches to...
At the consistory that Pope Francis wished to dedicate to the tragic situation in the Middle East, particularly in Syria and Iraq, Aleteia had the opportunity to interview the Chaldean Patriarch of...
The most ancient St. Catherine’s (Katherine’s) Orthodox Monastery situated on the Biblical land of Sinai peninsula has been once again persecuted by Muslim extremists and local authorities, reports...
Despite efforts by northern Iraq’s Catholic bishops to ensure that Christians and other refugees can survive the winter, housing shortages and a significant lack of financial support pose serious...
Pope Francis convened a Consistory of Cardinals on Monday, October 20, in the Vatican. Originally scheduled in order to proceed with the causes of candidates for beatification, the Holy Father...
A Middle East without its Christians would be like a garden without flowers: that’s what Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Thomas Meram of Urmyā, Deputy President of the Iranian Bishops Conference, says...
During the Synod on the Family the date was announced, following the wishes of Pope Francis, that the consistory already envisaged for October 20 would be on the Middle East. Patriarch of Baghdad of...
The military intervention against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, although lawful and necessary, will not stem the extremism phenomenon at its roots, Catholic leaders have agreed. They called...
The bombings carried out in the Nineveh Plain of Iraq by the US-led coalition against posts of the Islamic State have hit and devastated the Church of the Resurrection, near the town of Qaraqosh,...