Arab world

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq says that the number of Christian houses of worship there has dwindled alarmingly in the decade since the U.S invaded and ousted Saddam Hussein from...
The two banners of the two soon-to-be saints now hang on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, and the final countdown toward the highly anticipated canonizations has begun. With just one day to go...
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai has called on the Lebanese deputies "to be responsible and provide the quorum of the second presidential election's round next week." He added that the deputy's job...
Presidential hopeful and former military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi Saturday visited Pope Tawadros II of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo's Abbasiya Cathedral, a day before Easter Sunday. This...
Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, the patriarch of the Chaldean Church (2003-2012), passed away on Tuesday, April 8, in San Diego, California, USA. The Catholic Center for Studies and Media and www.aboun...
The Holy See’s press spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, issued a statement In the wake of the martyrdom on April 7 of Dutch Jesuit Father Francis Van Der Lugt, a priest who had been beaten...
A Syrian priest and an activist group say a masked gunman on April 7 opened fire on a well-known, elderly priest in the central Syrian city of Homs, killing him instantly. Homs-based priest Assad...
Following is the text of the official statement released on April 2, 2014 by the Commission for Peace and Justice of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land in response to a frequently...
The Syrian Orthodox Church has elected her 123th patriarch. Cyril Aphrem Karim, a 48-year-old from Syria, will replace Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, who died on March 21 in a hospital in Kiel, Germany. He...
The 8th Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting was held Tuesday, March 25, marking the feast of the Annunciation, in Beirut, Lebanon. It focused on the theme “Together around Mary, Our Lady." The Solemnity...
Pope Francis has sent a message of encouragement to participants at an Islamic-Christian Prayer Meeting taking place in Lebanon this week. Signed by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin,...
Syrian rebel forces affiliated with Al-Qaeda and based in Turkey crossed the Turkish-Syrian border and attacked the town of Kesab, whose population is predominantly Armenian and Christian. “Armenian...
Patriarchal Election “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:21 Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka...
Catholics in the Arabian Peninsula look forward to building a new cathedral in Bahrain, creating a permanent home for the Church and a place to help support Catholics coming to the region. “Our...
Christians in rebel-controlled areas of northern Syria are facing increasing persecution, according to the Melkite Greek Catholic archbishop of Homs. “Islamic law is to be applied, while all...
Syria’s Catholic leaders have made a call for all Christians abducted during the conflict in the country to be set free. Prompted by the release of kidnapped nuns from Maloula, Syria’s Assembly of...
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch John X Yazigi voiced appreciation to Syria's command, people and army for the release of Maalula nuns and for giving a positive image of the country which "rebuffs...
The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch issued a statement today on the release of the Mar Takla Monastery nuns in Maalula, Syria. The statement said that at a time when the Patriarchate of...
A group of nuns kidnapped by rebels in the Syrian town of Maalula in December 2013 were released early Monday, thanks to Lebanese-Qatari mediation, and handed to the Syrian authorities. A monitoring...
Patriarch Gregorios III Laham, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch and All the East, has welcomed the release of the kidnapped Maalula nuns and highly valued “this event which bears tidings of love...