Arab world

In April 2013, the parents of slain US journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before...
The heads of the Chaldean Catholic Church, the Maronite Catholic Church, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, and the Syriac Orthodox Church met in Iraq’s Kurdistan region...
The beheading of American journalist James Foley brought swift and strong words by US leaders. "ISIS has not ideology or any value for human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt," said President Obama...
Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many...
The President of Caritas Internationalis, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodriguez Maradiaga S.D.B. has written a letter to Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako and to the President of Caritas Iraq...
The defense of the attacked is an absolute right. But only "the forces of the State should take charge of this defense", while the creation of differentiated militia on ethno-religious basis "can...
After Iraqi Christian Riyad Hazem found himself and his family refugees, ending up in Jordan, he seeks asylum in a Western country to feel safe again. The 42-year-old father of two said Christians...
The Vatican announced that on Thursday, August 21, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who on Wednesday returned to Rome...
Pope Francis launches another appeal to ask that “all means be used to solve the humanitarian crisis” in Iraq, in a letter signed on the 8th of August and delivered in the past few days to the Iraqi...
The patriarchs of the Orient on Wednesday,August 20, called for international protection for Christians, considering that the idea of establishing a province for this religious minority “has become...
A group of 11 sick, disabled and elderly Iraqi Christians — including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer — defied terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam or be beheaded, saying they...
The Pope’s special envoy to Iraq has said Christians and religious minorities in the country are facing genocide and the international community must act quickly to come to their aid. In an interview...
The international head of a Catholic charity has called on the world’s governments to act immediately to keep Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. “If we do not want to be silent...
In April 2013, the parents of slain US journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before...
When word reached Hanifa and her family that the fighters of the so-called Islamic State were approaching their village, they knew they would have to flee, and fast. The fanatics were coming on like...
The president of the US bishops' conference August 19 asked Catholic bishops across the country to take up a special collection for humanitarian needs and pastoral support for Christians and other...
The plight of Iraqis fleeing persecution is a tragedy on an epic level, says Caritas Iraq. They’re working with Caritas Internationalis organisations to reach thousands of people in need. More than...
Pope Francis’s personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community today, pleading for help to liberate...
All over the world, millions of innocent people are facing persecution, imprisonment, and even death because of their religious beliefs. In 2013, the world witnessed the largest displacement of...
“Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in different chapters”. Francis’ words on war, and...