Arab world

An extraordinary Jubilee of mercy, announced by Pope Francis during the penitential liturgy which he presided in St Peter's, arouses reflections among the Christians in Syria, starting from the...
An hour after Nada Kariakos and her family left the house, Islamic militants invaded their town. “I was scared. I feared for my children, for my daughters, I didn’t want ISIS to rape them,” she said...
On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim, were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha'...
The Holy See, together with the Russian Federation and Lebanon, has drawn up a declaration in support of Christians and members of other communities in the Middle East who continue to suffer from...
The Islamic State group’s attempt to erase any culture but its own continues apace. It now has blown up a 10th century Chaldean monastery north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to...
The Islamic State (ISIS) has blown up a 10th century Chaldean Catholic church north of Mosul and bulldozed a nearby graveyard, according to sources. Nineveh Yakou, Assyrian archaeologist and director...
Christian leaders again called for help for Assyrian Christians as Islamic State militants stepped up their attacks against their towns in northern Syria. Syria's northeast Hassakeh Province is...
The Christians abducted by the Islamic State (IS) group on February 23 from villages in northeastern Syria, near the border with Turkey, "were released in mid-week, March 5-6, without payment of any...
Fr. Rafiq Khoury, one of the priests of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, has issued his second book of the new series which can be added to more than 15 books he had authored. He is also the...
The first courses of Catholic University in Erbil, the capital of Northern Kurdistan, will begin this year. Recently, Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, ordinary of the archdiocese of Erbil and...
Four more Assyrian Christian hostages being held by Islamic State militants have been released, a week after being abducted in the Khabour region of Syria. Assyrian TV reported that a married couple...
During a moving audience this week with North African bishops who are in the Vatican for their Ad Limina visit, Pope Francis thanked them and their ecclesial communities for their courage and for...
A pontifical aid organisation has begun sending aid to families who fled their homes when ISIS militants raided a cluster of Assyrian Christian villages on the Khabur River in north-east Syria. The...
Lebanon made an exception to its border restrictions on Syrian refugees Tuesday, March 3, by allowing the entry of some 20 Assyrian Christians who are fleeing the Islamic State, Lebanese priest...
It really is the stuff of hellish nightmares. While 19 of the Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS in north-eastern Syrian have been released, around 200 are still being held hostage. The kidnapped...
The Islamic State group released at least 19 Christians on Sunday, March 1, who were among the more than 220 people the militants took captive in northeastern Syria last week, activists and a local...
Pope Francis following the recitation of the Marian Prayer on Sunday, March 1, remembered the people of Syria and Iraq saying “Unfortunately, there is no cessation in the dramatic news about violence...
Lambasting what he called "intolerable brutality" against Christians in Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis on Sunday, March 1, called for the faithful to practise love that "transforms all." Said the...
The ISIS group has released a new video showing its militants destroying the ancient artifacts at a museum in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. The video released on Thursday, February 26, shows...
Although he is in retreat in the hills of Rome, immersed in Lenten Spiritual Exercises, Pope Francis is following the situation in Syria with deep concern. Speaking to Vatican Radio, Archbishop...