Arab world

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has vowed to promote religious freedom in a private meeting with the archbishop of Canterbury in Lambeth Palace today. Mohammed bin Salman is on a three-day visit to the...
Marina Isaac Polos Malak was born in Mosul, Iraq, in 1994. She and her family, Christians belonging to the Assyrian Church of the East, were forced to flee when ISIS captured Mosul in June 2014....
From Aleppo to Jerusalem, Catholics and people of other faith denominations join in initiatives of prayer for peace. The drama of the civil war in Syria has recently intensified, especially in the...
More than 450 of the poorest elderly people in Syria have received new shoes – thanks to a grant from the UK office of Aid to the Church in Need (CAN). The charity provides for people in Aleppo in...
A Christian woman has spoken of her heartbreak seeing Mosul’s desecrated churches – and remains fearful of Daesh (ISIS) collaborators in the city. Mosul city is still “extremely dangerous” Nadia...
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral on Monday, March 5, in what state media said was an unprecedented visit by an official...
Two facsimiles of the massive stone statues known as Lamassu will start their journey to Mosul from the Netherlands having been reconstructed using 3D-scanners. Many archaic statues and artifacts...
The Orthodox monks of St. Catherine, one of the oldest continuously operating monasteries, share their daily lives with the desert tribes. Along with his dark jellabiya head dress and a red keffiya,...
His Beatitude, the Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, invited a well-known Iraqi religious leaders of Muslims (Shi’a and Sunni) and Christians, as well as representatives of Sabeans, Yazidis and...
Dressed in a traditional white Gulf headdress and with two red crosses embroidered on his black clerical robe, Kuwait’s first homegrown priest cuts a unique figure in the predominantly Muslim emirate...
A prayer service was held in a devastated church in Syria’s Deir Ezzor city. This was first prayer service in almost six years, as the church building was ravaged by the terror group Islamic State’s...
Representatives of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and the Knights of Columbus met at the United Nations Feb. 26, 2018 with Mr. Mourad Wahba, assistant secretary general at the United Nations...
In a 26 February statement, the World Council of Churches (WCC) expressed its dismay at the dramatic escalation of military actions against civilians in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, Syria. More...
A small community of Somali Christians lives in Mogadishu. There are about thirty elderly people. They live hidden for fear of the reprisals of Islamic fundamentalists. But, they consider their faith...
It is clear that minority groups are the most threatened and Christians are the most affected, says the Vatican nuncio to Syria. Syria is experiencing “an infernal time,” Vatican nuncio, Cardinal...
After fundraising for 13 years, the Mar Yosip Parish has started construction of its own building in Gilbert. Until now, the congregation has been meeting in Chandler in rented spaces and the...
In response to the pressure that the Churches are facing in Jerusalem, and which led to the decision to close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) has issued...
Iraqi Catholic leaders are urging Christians to remain steadfast in this Lenten season as they encounter challenges of the so-called Islamic State’s legacy in their historic lands. In a Lenten...
A Syrian Christian political leader has joined the growing ranks of international condemnation over violent attacks in Syria’s northwestern area of Afrin and the Damascus enclave of Eastern Ghouta. “...
A religious Sister in Damascus has told how she, fellow nuns and students narrowly escaped death February 20, 2018, when the sky “turned black” on one of the deadliest days of the conflict in the...