Arab world

Christians are fleeing the Middle East, emptying what was once one of the world's most-diverse regions of its ancient religions. They're being driven away not only by Islamic State, but by...
Fr Samir Youssef talks about a plan for outreach and exchange to rebuild a social fabric broken by the Jihadi madness. Weekly meetings, summer camps, films and exchanges are dedicated to interfaith...
Ceremonies took place in the Christian towns of Bartella, Karamless and Qaraqosh, to inaugurate an initiative aiming to repair, rebuild up to 13,000 homes Work has begun on the rebuilding of the...
Behind the scenes - between lights and shadows - of the renunciation of Patriarch Laham. An emblematic story of the “inner” malaise that crosses many Christian Middle Eastern communities. Potential...
While Iraqi forces progressively re-conquer Mosul, and interventions tighten on the future political structure of the regions subjugated to the control of the jihadis of the self-proclaimed Islamic...
Pope Francis on Saturday, May 5, accepted the resignation of the Melkite Greek Patriarch of Antioch, His Beatitude Gregory II Laham, from his pastoral office. A letter from the Holy Father to the...
Rebuilding is to start on some of the first homes belonging to Christian families that were destroyed by Islamic State in Iraq. There will be a Bible-style 'Olive Tree' ceremony on Monday in the...
A delegation of Christian politicians belonging to various Iraqi political groups wanted to meet the country's top institutional representatives to focus their attention on proposals and requests for...
The end of the war and the search for a job that will allow them to "contribute to the development" of the country battered by years of violence and terror; the support of a "growing" faith...
As many as 1.5 million Christians, or close to 75 per cent of all followers of Christ in Iraq, have fled the country since 2003, according to an Iraqi Christian lawmaker. “The number of Christians...
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II has celebrated the Holy Qurobo at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. His Eminence Mor Timotheos Matta Al-Khoury, Patriarchal Vicar...
Pope Francis has said he hoped his visit to Egypt, carried out with “God’s help,” could be “a sign of peace” for the country and the wider region suffering from “conflicts and terrorism.” Recalling...
"With the speeches and gestures of his trip to Egypt, Pope Francis has opened many doors: with Islam, with political authorities, among Christians. We hope that now Muslims also take the opportunity...
Professor Mohammad Sammak, the only Muslim to have participated in two Synods, is convinced the meeting in Cairo has marked a fundamental starting point. He emphasizes the importance of the Pope’s...
Pope Francis' historic, 72-hour visit to Cairo has left a profound mark on Egyptians, Catholic leaders said, as they anticipate increased ties with fellow Orthodox Christians and Muslims. "The Pope's...
Six years ago, a pope addressed Egypt, expressing outrage over an attack on a Christian church and calling for efforts against religious extremism, and the political and clerical establishment...
As Pope Francis returns from his April 28-29 trip to Cairo, Egyptians of all faiths were pleased by his visit and his message – one that filled them with hope for the future, they said. Muslim woman...
In the British mandate of Palestine, the Christian population was 9.6 per cent of the population. By 1999, it was 2.9 per cent. Meanwhile, 35 per cent of the Christians of the West Bank and Gaza left...
With their Joint Declaration (signed in Cairo), the Bishop of Rome and the Orthodox Coptic Patriarch archive the practice of “re-baptizing” contrary to the Gospel and obstacle to the ecumenical...
Pope Francis on Saturday told Egypt’s priests, religious and seminarians to be sowers of hope, builders of bridges and agents of dialogue, despite the many difficulties they face. The pope’s words...