Arab world

Wednesday, March 15 marks the sixth anniversary of the conflict in Syria. And contrary to what is reported by international media, Syria "continues to suffer." This is the key message that the Jesuit...
The pastor of Aleppo in Syria says a recent donation from Pope Francis and the Roman Curia of €100,000 will go to couples and young families in need. Franciscan Fr. Ibrahim Alsabagh is the parish...
If Pope Francis does indeed go to Egypt to visit Al-Azhar, he may need to make sure that any detente with the Sunni Muslim center includes clear insistence that the country's Christian minority must...
Michel Aoun, President of the Republic of Lebanon, will be received by Pope Francis in the Vatican on March 16, 2017, confirmed to Zenit the Vice-Director of the Holy See Press Office, Paloma Garcia...
Hundreds of Egyptian Coptic Christian families have fled their homes in the northern Sinai Peninsula since late February, fearing for their lives in the wake of seven murders between January 30 and...
Despite being victims of harassment and violence, Egypt’s Coptic Christians have set a standard of forgiveness that everyone should imitate, the leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the U.K. has...
Archaeologists found an ancient Assyrian palace under the tomb of the Prophet Jonah, which is located on top of a hill overlooking eastern Mosul in the Nineveh Plain. The team of experts was working...
The Vatican spokesman, American Greg Burke, confirmed on Saturday, March 11, that a papal trip to Egypt is under consideration, but insisted that no dates or itinerary have been finalized. The...
When Mosul will be completely taken away from the jihadists of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and the Iraqi people will be faced with the difficult task to reconstruct a torn political, social...
Freeing al-Dawasa neighborhood of Mosul, Iraqi forces discovered a Christian church that was used as a base by Isis militiamen. The church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Um al-Mauna) no longer bears...
Supreme head of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East in Damascus has announced the issuance of necessary licences to establish a new private university in Syria. A statement issued in this...
The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis returned on Friday March 10 to the Vatican after having concluded the Spiritual Exercises. On Friday morning, before leaving Arricia – where...
More than 40 Christians in Egypt, known as Copts, have been deliberately slaughtered for the faith in the past three months alone by militants aligned with the Islamic State terror group, which has...
“Iraq is in an incredibly difficult situation. Minorities especially, were since 2014 abandoned by the central government of Baghdad and also felt abandoned by the Kurdish authorities. They became...
After ISIS massacres the faithful have fled: "There has been ethnic cleansing. Someone has come back: "You cannot leave the land where your loved ones are buried”. At the entrance of the rectory of...
Hundreds of Coptic Christian families have fled their homes and their lands in al-Arish, the theater of a wave of violence perpetrated by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State (ISIS). According...
Areas freed from the Islamic State’s grip display the depth of the terror group’s war crimes. As Iraqi forces continue that fight, American aid groups are staking out front-line positions, too. In...
The appeal repeatedly launched by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I to Iraqi Christians not to proceed "in random order" on the political and social ground, but to try to merge their forces in one "...
Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Rahi has returned from Egypt, where he addressed the conference organised by Al-Azhar on "Freedom and citizenship: Diversity and complementarity (28 February-1...
The country is undergoing a serious economic and social crisis. The families of the Focolare, gathered together in Cairo on 27 January, want to be a “source of hope and joy” as a contribution to...