Arab world

A "Hail Mary" for Iraq in flames. At the Angelus on Monday June 16, the Pope invited the faithful to pray "for the dear nation of Iraq" and in particular for "the multitude of people, including many...
The international community should not intervene in the struggle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) extremists in Iraq, according to the archbishop of Baghdad, who says the...
“I invite all of you to unite yourselves with my prayer for the dear Iraqi nation, especially for the victims and for those who most suffer the consequences of the growing violence, in particular the...
The Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul overrun by Islamists have asked Pope Francis and the universal Church for help. The Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul overrun by...
The fall of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, to Islamist militants in early June sent half a million residents scurrying for safety, but Christians from the city say they were targeted long before...
The dramatic voices from Northern Iraq where the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant took control also of ancient churches. Archbishop Nona, successor of the martyr Rahho, who was...
The two Orthodox bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji kidnapped in Syria in April 2013 are currently in the northern city of Raqqa and held captive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (...
Church leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country's second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much...
Islamic militants have seized the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, prompting scores of Christian families to take refuge in the plains of Nineveh. Bishop Amel Shamon Nona of Mosul, Iraq's second-...
Iraq's Kurdistan region is enjoying peace relative to the rest of the country, which has led thousands of Christian families to migrate there, straining the local Church. Archbishop Bashar Warda of...
The Rite of Blessing of the foundation stone of the new Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Arabia was held on May 31, 2014, during the Eucharistic Celebration at the Church of Our Lady of the...
A government official in Sudan is denying claims that a Christian woman sentenced to execution for her faith may soon be freed. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is recognized as Muslim under Sudanese law...
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has expelled Christians from part of Ar-Raqqah Governorate in northern Syria and confiscated their property, according to a report from ARA News, a...
Egypt's Roman Catholic bishop has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his leadership will benefit both Christians and Muslims. “His election gives all...
The three Filipino citizens who were accused of being “foreign spies” are in fact born-again Protestant pastors and Manila has referred to their arrests as a “glaring violation of religious freedom...
Beneath the Latin Church complex or “convent” in the village of Smakieh, Jordan, may be found a set of caverns unearthed by Francisan archeologists in the early 20th century. The underground...
Pope Francis has sent a message to Catholic charitable organizations working in Syria and has launched a new appeal to the international community to allow humanitarian aid. “It is with great pain...
Pope Francis sent a Message on Friday, May 30, to his charitable office, the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, which was hosting a coordination meeting of Catholic organizations helping people caught up...
At the General Audience dedicated to his recent trip to the Holy Land Francis said: “I ask forgiveness for what we have done to encourage the division among Christians”. The meeting with the Orthodox...
The Pope brings interfaith dialogue to a region plagued by atrocities committed along religious lines. Arriving in Jordan with old friends from other faiths, Pope Francis begins his Holy Land tour...