Arab world

Church leaders and representatives from Syria, the Middle East Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches and the Holy See gathered in Geneva from January 15–17, 2014 for a consultation to...
Egypt’s new constitution, which has the backing of the country’s Christians, has convincingly been passed in a referendum. Around ninety per cent of the people who voted approved the new document,...
Christians facing difficulties and discrimination, especially in the Middle East, can learn a valuable lesson from Japanese Christians who survived by clandestinely baptising, praying and hiding...
Life is not easy in Egypt for Christians. Beyond the reports of churches burned and homes attacked, there is a more subtle hardship affecting ordinary families. While not universal, mistreatment and...
Participants of Theology and the Local Church Conference in the Palestinian territories have expressed solidarity with the abducted archbishops and nuns by the armed terrorist groups in Syria,...
A one-day Vatican-hosted workshop of political experts and leading Church figures has called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria. An end to hostilities is a “humanitarian imperative” they said, and...
One of the bishops currently participating in an annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by a delegation of Catholic Bishops from Europe, North America and South Africa, is the Archbishop of Cape Town...
Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the Holy See drew attention to a recent speech in which Prince Charles lamented the persecution of Christians in the Middle East...
Pope Francis named Fr. Georges Abu Khazen OFM Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo, Syria, for the Latins (Roman Catholics)on November 4. “We are certain that the Lord will enlighten him and grant him prudence...
The leaders of the Christian Churches in Egypt, and also representatives of groups and associations related to the ecclesial communities, invited all their compatriots to participate in the...
Prince Charles visited the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2013 after he had expressed concern about what he termed as the "challenges facing Christians in some...
Coptic Christians, who make up about 10 per cent of Egypt's 86 million people and constitute the largest Christian community in the Middle East, have long complained of official discrimination and...
A delegation from the Syrian government has met with the Vatican secretary of state, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for relations with states. According to a...
On Tuesday, the new Consul General of France in Jerusalem, Hervé Magrot, made his official entrance to the Holy City, in keeping with a century-old tradition, according to which, the French Consul...
His Majesty King Abdullah patronised the conference on "The challenges Facing Arab Christians" which opened in Amman on September 3, 2013. Following is the text of the speech: In the name...
Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak is the leader of the Coptic Catholic Church. Following are excerpts of the interview which addresses current Egyptian affairs:   Your Holiness, the new Egyptian...
Ten years ago, what is still being called nowadays as the "National Interreligious Leadership Initiative for Peace in the Middle East" was established in the United States, with the aim of...
Gunmen of Al Qaeda-affiliated "Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS)” have burned down the Church of the Holy Cross, located in the area of ​​Tal Abyad in Raqqa Province, northeast of...
Cardinal Mar Beshara Boutros Al Rahi, Maronite patriarch of Antioch and all the East has inaugurated the first Maronite church in eastern Europe, calling for an end to the confessional conflict in...