Arab world

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, in Washington, to meet with federal government representatives and members of Congress, decried the "mass cleansing" of Christians from Mosul, Iraq, by what...
In an urgent message to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has said that the UN “cannot stand by and be a witness to the ongoing atrocities committed against...
A new power struggle has emerged within the Syrian rebellion after Al-Qaeda announced it aims to create an Islamic "emirate" to compete with rival jihadist group, the Islamic State (IS). As with IS...
A day after most of Mosul’s Christians fled, Islamic State fighters stormed the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery, a Syriac Catholic monastery in northern Iraq, close to the town of Beth Khdeda....
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has removed the crosses from all 30 churches and monasteries in Mosul and converted the Syriac Orthodox cathedral into a mosque, according to the Assyrian...
“Where is the respect for the rights of Christians?” the Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad Shlemon Warduni asks Vatican Radio. “We have to ask the world: Why are you silent? Why do not you speak out? Do...
On Sunday, July 20, an air-launched missile struck the Franciscan monastery in Yacubiyah, a village located not far from the Turkish border in the Orontes Valley in north-west Syria. The building...
Pope Francis has reassured Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church Ignatius Youssef III Younan that he is following news out of Iraq with concern, particularly the dramatic situation of Christians in...
The Iraqi national government must ensure "necessary protection" for Christians and other minorities in the Country, provide "financial support to displaced people who have lost everything", pay the...
The Chaldean patriarch has urged Iraq to turn away from its current path, warning that the new policies of Islamist jihadists threaten Christian-Muslim coexistence. “Should this direction continue to...
Pope Francis received on Tuesday, July 23, at the Vatican Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan Archbishop Giorgio Lingua. During the meeting, Archbishop Lingua expressed "concern" over the grave...
In his weekly Sunday Angelus, July 20, address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the...
The Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate has published the text of a speech that Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako addressed to Mosul’s Christians after they fled their city rather than convert to Islam. “Our...
The secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani, has condemned what the terrorist group, "The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)" is committing against...
The Middle east Council of Churches (MECC) general secretary issued the following statement: In the midst of the painful events that are sweeping across Syria, Palestine and Iraq, and what the...
On Sunday, July 20, the jihadist militiamen of the self-proclaimed "Islamic Caliphate" took possession of the ancient monastery of Mar Behnam, ten minutes from the city of Qaraqosh, until yesterday...
Christian religious figures and leaders on Sunday, July 20, condemned the recent assault on Christians in Iraq at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS). “We voice complete...
While Israel ramped up its offensive in Gaza on Sunday, with appalling loss of life and injuries, 1,200km to the north-west in Iraq a different, but hardly lesser, tragedy was under way as the...
"Chaldean website ankawa.com says a university professor was killed after speaking out against anti-Christian persecution. Meanwhile, the Islamic State has set the jizyah at $450" He refused to keep...
On Sunday , July 20, an air-launched missile struck the Franciscan monastery in Yacubiyah, a village located not far from the Turkish border in the Orontes Valley in north-west Syria. The building...