Arab world

Iraq is at risk of losing its Syriac Christian presence if it does not legally recognize the group in its constitution, leading Church figures have warned. Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem...
Franciscan Minister General Fr. Michael Perry, alongside the superior of the Franciscans based in Syria and Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton, on Tuesday, October 4, issued a statement...
The Pope is encouraging Catholics to alleviate the crisis in Syria, where all inhabitants are suffering, but around 13 of its 17 million people are experiencing the dramatic consequences of the war...
But despite being bombed, schools are rebuilt and remain open: “We are responsible for pupils, no matter what”. “Religious are like soldiers. And soldiers don’t run away.” Sister Luisa points to the...
Remarkable stories of how refugees who lost everything are now rebuilding their lives from scratch have emerged from Iraq. There are many Christians among the many thousands of Iraqis and Syrians...
Those responsible for the bombing of Aleppo “will be accountable before God for their actions”, stated Pope Francis on Wednesday, September 28, launching a new and urgent new appeal for Syria and...
The martyr city’s Maronite archbishop says “some are urging Christians in the Middle East to leave given that there are so few of them. It’s not worth it, leave. But there needs to be a Christian...
The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the...
The bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church began a week-long synod in Erbil, Iraq, on September 22. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako told AsiaNews that the synod would examine the situation in the...
Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities gathered in Washington two weeks ago and proposed for there to be a safe zone created for them in the Nineveh Plains, which are northeast of...
Twelve members of the US House of Representatives - 9 elected in the Republican Party, and 3 elected in the Democratic Party - presented a resolution to the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House...
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Thursday, September 15, discussed with His Holiness Pope Francis, ways to...
Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Rif'at Bader has termed the current visit undertaken by Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan to the...
A Nebraska congressman has introduced a resolution calling for a semi-autonomous Nineveh Plain province that would serve as a safe haven for Christian Iraqis. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry’s resolution would...
A year on, the monk talks about the liturgies celebrated in the areas that are in the hands of the jihadists, adding that today “Russia could welcome the displaced and refugees fleeing Syria, to show...
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I stated this in a document analysing Iraq’s political situation: “political hunters” are trying to use them “to gain political benefits”. If and when the Islamic...
Egypt's lawmakers on Tuesday, August 30, passed the country's first law spelling out the rules for building a church, a step Christians have long hoped would free up construction that was often...
Christianity is in danger of disappearing across entire countries in the Middle East, the land of its birth, according to a senior Orthodox Church leader. There have been repeated warnings about the...
The world was taken by surprise when, ISIS (Daesh) and resembling organizations constrained human freedom; displaced and killed civilians; or burnt them alive; enslaved women and took them captive;...
The Egyptian government on Thursday, August 25, approved a bill for the construction and renovation of churches in the Arab country. In a statement, the government said the bill was endorsed after “...