Arab world

After the destruction of historical monuments in the city of Mosul by militants of the Islamic State, the first local movement of armed resistance against the jihadists who have proclaimed the...
A missile launched from the areas of Aleppo controlled by the rebels has fallen in the area of the Armenian Catholic parish of the Holy Trinity, in the district of Al-Meydan, causing the death of...
The proclamation of the caliphate by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) provoked enthusiasm in the young generations of jihadists but criticisms from numerous Muslim figures who reacted to...
Archbishop of Lyon His Eminence Cardinal Philip Barbarin visited Baghdede (Qaraqosh/Hamdaniya) on Tuesday, July 29, and met with the clergy and refugees from Mosul. The archbishop was accompanied...
France says it is ready to welcome Christians from northern Iraq who have been told by Islamic extremists ruling the region to either convert to Islam, pay a religious tax, or face death. France’s...
Pope Francis’ universal prayer intention for the month of August has been released focusing on “refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes” that they may “find a generous welcome and the...
Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants. Sahar Mansour, a...
Fr. Paolo Dell’Oglio’s Relatives Ask Those Responsible to ‘Have the Dignity to Let Us Know His Fate’ The family of Fr. Paolo Dell’Oglio, the Italian Jesuit priest of whom there has been no news for a...
THE UK head of a Catholic charity has hit out at the British government for helping “to lay the foundations” for the rise of extremists in Iraq who have flushed out the last remaining Christians from...
“Many Muslims are now shy to declare themselves Muslim. Several Muslim told me: ‘I am ashamed—I do not understand that Islam is like that.’ So I think it is the time for a true dialogue. I think it...
“Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing. We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going...
Following the effective expulsion of Christians from the city of Mosul by Islamists last week, a prominent local abbot has voiced the need for concrete action supporting Christians in Iraq. “The...
Alive but not at peace, Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul are recounting their nightmares about the group, while also lamenting...
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako says the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate quickly. He said the country has suffered tremendously at the hands of the ISIS militant group, also...
An international crisis was created after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) told Christians in Northern Iraq to leave the region or risk death. Hundreds of thousands of Christians have fled...
Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani has made an impassioned statement to all Iraqi Christians in the wake of their forced migration from Mosul. He tells Iraqi Christians not to think about...
The Vatican has given $40,000 (30,000 euros) in emergency aid to Christians in Iraq displaced by a jihadist onslaught, AFP has said. Most of the money will go to help those from the northern city of...
In a dramatic appeal to the international community the Archbishops of Mosul, Iraq have asked for more outside help for minorities in Iraq. Their declaration, sent to Catholic charity Aid to the...
Pope Francis has phoned the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Louis Raphael I Sako, to manifest his participation and closeness to the suffering of the Iraqi people, starting from Mosul...
On behalf of the bishops conference of England and Wales, Bishop Declan Lang has issued the following press release: As Chair of the International Department of the Bishops’ Conference of England and...