Arab world

Christians lived in Iraq for nearly 2,000 years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many Christian refugees they must forever leave their homeland. “No, we will never go back,”...
“Thank you, thank you, thank you”: Suheila, an old Christian woman from Mosul was effusively expressing her gratitude as she met a delegation from the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN...
When insurgents stormed Kessab, they posted pictures of themselves protecting ancient churches. But a visit to the Syrian town tells a different story. Rain seeped into the tombs through shattered...
Dr. Ramsay F. Dass, president of the American Middle East Christians Congress, sent a message to US President Barack Obama on December 30, 2014 blaming the US for its inaction reading the plight of...
Iranian aid convoys are awaiting an entry permit from the government in Baghdad to distribute humanitarian aid among suffering Christian communities in the north of the country. This was reported to...
By the end of 2014, after initial successes on several fronts in both Iraq and Syria, ISIL forces began to be pushed back on several fronts. The most important factor in ISIL's retreat were the US-...
The outrages of radical Islamists on Iraqi and Syrian territory have not only deprived Christians who live under the yoke of the takfirists of the joy of Christmas, but also alarmed neighboring...
Satellite photographs show digging and looting around the 3rd century building that is priceless for Christian archaeology. After four years of war and slaughter, we might get used to hearing news...
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi conveyed Christmas good wishes to Iraqi Christians all over the world on the occasion of Christmas celebrations and new year, hoping that the new year will bring...
Threatened by forced conversion or death at the hands of the Islamic State, many Iraqi Christians have had to flee their homes – but one refugee family sheltered at a Jordanian church has declared...
As Advent winds to a close, Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the birth of God. Every human heart should be gladdened by the tidings of comfort and joy that were revealed to poor...
Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the...
Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the Christians of the Middle East to express his closeness to them at a time of “afflictions and tribulations” due to “the continuing hostilities in...
No, Miriam, Santa Claus did not forget you this year. In these circumstances, though, and being far from home, it is a reasonable question for a 5-year-old to ask. "Yes, he will come, he will never...
Pope Francis this evening, December24, telephoned refugees sheltered in Kurdistan to express his closeness to them on Christmas night. The telephone call to Father Benoca, who heads the Christian...
In a grim Christmas message to the Lebanese people, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai acknowledged the ‘darkness’ of the current political phase Wednesday, December 24, as he called for a swift exit...
The government of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan has proclaimed December 25 a holiday in order to express the solidarity of the institutions and the whole society towards Christians, on the...
Pope Francis condemns the violence of the Islamic State, asks for an intervention from the international community and supports ecumenism and dialogue with Islam. He also says that he hopes to have...
As Christmas approaches, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Aleppo has written a letter to his diocese looking forward to the feast of hope, urging his people to practice charity to the less fortunate,...
The Christmas atmosphere of ornaments and carols that permeates the streets and shops of the low-income area of Ras el-Dekwaneh in north Beirut stops at the threshold of a small room in a narrow...