Arab world

Qaraqosh, Tel Kepe, and Karamlesh are just three of the Iraqi towns on the Nineveh plains captured in early August by the Islamic State (IS), but they represent the last major concentration of...
The persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria by the Islamic State has pushed Vatican diplomacy to add strong calls for international humanitarian intervention to its...
The heads of all of Europe’s bishops conferences have asked the UN Security Council to take urgent decisions to put an end to persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq. The...
Iraq's most senior Christian leader has declared that the US and the EU have to flush out jihadist forces from the Nineveh plains and enable communities to return to their ancestral homes. In a...
The Communication Service of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations has issued a statement calling upon all the political forces concerned and all the people of good will to...
On 7 August 2014, at the heart of a Middle East soaked in blood, the Patriarchs of the East published a press release condemning conflicts and violence which overwhelm the entire region, and most...
he Knights of Columbus announced this week that is establishing a fund to assist those – particularly Christians as well as other religious minorities – facing a horrific and violent persecution and...
The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has issued a statement deploring the upsurge in violence in Iraq, calling on religious leaders, those involved in interfaith dialogue and on all men...
This is the story of the mass exodus from the Plain of Nineveh. Aleteia managed to to contact Father Paul, a priest from Karemlesh, an ancient Assyrian village of about 8,000 inhabitants southeast of...
The expulsion of Christians from cities in northwestern Iraq at the hands of Islamic State (IS) militants is still resonating and felt throughout Lebanon for different reasons. The first is that...
Pope Francis has written to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon regarding the situation in Iraq. Dated August 9, and released Wednesday, August 13, the letter condemns the violent persecutions under way...
Several internet sites are reporting that Pope Francis has endorsed the US bombing campaign in Iraq. Those reports are inaccurate. Some leading Church officials—not including the Pope—have spoken in...
“I place before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq.” Just before Francis left for Korea and after...
The Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, says Pope Francis’s appeal to the United Nations to intervene in Iraq shows the Holy Father feels the...
Iraqi Christians driven from their homes by Islamic State fighters are beginning to die in crowded camps, witnesses claimed. Sahar Mansour, 40, who lectured in chemistry at the University of Mosul...
Iraqi Christians who fled a jihadist onslaught and are packed several families to a room in a church in Kurdistan have lost hope in their country and long to emigrate. "This is our country. We have...
Two of the leading voices in the Muslim world denounced the persecution of Christians in Iraq, at the hands of extremists proclaiming a caliphate under the name Islamic State. The most explicit...
Iraq's Yazidi and Christian minorities have made vital contributions to Arab-Islamic civilisation and are integral to the fabric of Iraqi society, intellectuals and artists told Al-Shorfa. These...
The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain has written to Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia conveying Pope Francis’ appeal for local bishops to support Christians being persecuted in Iraq as the...
In a declaration issued today, August 12, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue called for “a clear and courageous stance on the part of religious leaders, especially Muslims, as well as...