Arab world

The United States must take “bold action” by the end of 2017 to prevent Christianity in Iraq — the cradle of Christendom — from disappearing in just “a few short years,” warns former Rep. Frank Wolf...
On Friday, October 6, the Libyan General Prosecutor officially confirmed the finding of the bodies of the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were beheaded in 2015 by jihadists linked to the Islamic...
Pope Francis has urged leaders of the Chaldean Church to be builders of unity, favouring dialogue and collaboration between all actors of Iraqi society. The Pope was addressing bishops in Rome for...
Leaders and advocates fear a new war over Kurdish independence is poorly timed and could be the last straw for Iraq’s remaining Christians. ***** The Kurdish referendum vote for independence from...
French-Lebanese theologian and philosopher Antoine Fleyfel emphasizes the importance of the Oriental Christian community for the diversity of the Arab world and warns against the temptation to turn...
As the deadline looms for the State Department and USAID to provide portions of more than $1 billion in aid to the religious minorities targeted for genocide by ISIS in Iraq, the children of...
Church leaders have expressed anxiety over a Kurdish vote for independence in a recent referendum, saying Kurdistan’s decision to split from Iraq could prompt more conflict and uncertainty in a...
With the help of the French NGO "Fraternité en Irak" (Brotherhood with Iraq), Father Jacob Youssef Hasso Isso is working on the reconstruction of Mar Behnam which ISIS attempted to blow up. It is an...
Despite a Sept. 25th independence referendum in which 93 percent of Kurds voted to break with Iraq, leading to border closings, threats of economic reprisals, and fears of military conflict,...
Originally dedicated to supporting lepers, the Raoul Follereau Foundation has broadened its range of action and is now implementing projects to assist Christians in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain region and...
During a conference on rebuilding Christian villages on the Plains of Nineveh, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Christians are an essential part of Iraqi society, and must...
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, on Thursday September 28, praised a "so-called Marshall Plan" that seeks to encourage and support Iraqi Christians to return to their homes...
More than 1400 Christian families have already returned to their homes and villages scattered in the Nineveh Plain, which they abandoned in the summer of 2014, due to the advance of the jihadist...
A document issued on the eve of the referendum guarantees autonomy and administrative decentralization in areas where minorities have “historical roots”. But Christian political organizations are...
Suffering persecution even before genocide under ISIS, Iraq’s Christian population has fallen from 1.5 million before 2003 to just hundreds of thousands today. Last month, eight churches were closed...
In the Syrian city of Maaloula (Ma'loula) The Christian Church began to commence services in the Christian monastery of St. Thecla. The pilgrims from all around the world traveled to religious...
Sisters caring for Syria’s sick and wounded throughout five years of heavy bombardment have received essential medical equipment from Aid to the Church in Need. The charity has provided the Sisters...
Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has expressed regret at the suffering of Christians in Syria, saying he has held political talks to resolve their problems. Speaking at a church in Iran's...
The Ma’loula church complex, looted by Islamic militants, is being restored at an accelerated speed. One of the churches is expected to be ready for parishioners in the near future, RIA-Novosti...
About 500 Christian families, up to 2,500 people, have celebrated their long-awaited homecoming to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains with ceremonies marking a fresh start in their old towns and villages. In...