Arab world

From 500 families to 140 members – the story of one church congregation in Aleppo illuminates the harrowing situation of the war-torn city. A Syrian pastor has given an insight into what life is...
The Chaldean Patriarchate has issued a statement regarding Mosul and towns of Nineveh Plain following a Sunday 30, 2016 meeting held at the Chaldean Patriarchate headquarters in the town of Ankawa/...
Lebanon’s parliament elected on Monday, October 31, a former army general as president after a surprising shift in allegiances across the country’s deeply divided political parties. A vote at midday...
The thick layer of soot covering the walls of the church is not enough to hide the word "Islamic State" scrawled in graffiti. Some tiles have crumbled under the heat of fire, the pews were overturned...
A visit of “sadness and suffering” at the destruction carried out by the Islamic State (IS), but also a “great hope” and a feeling of “waiting” for an imminent return and the beginning of a ” new...
Iraqi Christians stranded in Kurdistan have some reason for hope, now that the battle for Mosul and the Nineveh Plane has begun. However, the Chaldean archbishop who, for two years now, has played a...
First, we would like to greet proudly the Iraqi courageous army, the federal police, the Peshmerga and the Popular Mobilization and coalition forces sharing in the liberation of Mosul and the towns...
Between bombs, destruction and fears for the future, returning home remains a distant prospect for the Christians of northern Iraq displaced by the Islamic State jihadist group. Iraqi forces are...
Bartalla, a Christian town in Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital, has been recaptured, and there has been fighting in the area of Qaraqosh, formerly Iraq’s largest Christian town. But...
The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells. A...
The Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, has condemned the “gruesome” impact of the Syrian conflict and the dire humanitarian situation...
Hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians danced and sang to celebrate an Iraqi military operation to retake their community’s main hub of Qaraqosh from jihadists. Iraqi Christian men, women and...
The head of the Catholic aid and development agency, Caritas Internationalis, warned on Thursday, October 19, the conflict in the Iraqi city of Mosul will cause heavy civilian casualties and will not...
Chaldean Patriarch Mar Raphael Louis Sako has renewed his call for national unity for the success of this huge military. "We Iraqis - said the Chaldean Primate - are one in spite of our various...
Iraqi Christians have welcomed the start of the Mosul offensive, the aim of which is to drive Islamic State out of their homeland for the past, but a senior Chaldean Catholic said that the hope they...
Coptic Orthodox priest Royce George, engaged in the pastoral care of the Orthodox Coptic community in Bahrain, has confirmed the donation of land by King Hamad Ben Isa Al Khalifa for the construction...
Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Syria on Wednesday, October 12. Addressing pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly General Audience, Pope Francis said, “I...
More than one million children in Syria signed on Monday, October 10, a petition calling for peace as part of a fresh appeal to political leaders to end the violence engulfing the country. At least...
In an interview with the Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus and newly-elected Cardinal Marco Zenari, he says: “This conflict broke out on Muslim turf, between Sunni and Shiite countries. This is where the...
Bashar Warda, the Catholic Chaldean archbishop of Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, has said that the Church must play a role in “rebuilding the future”, providing jobs for communities and...