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Christians in the Middle East are heroic witnesses to the faith, and the U.S. must help ensure they can stay in their homelands in peace, a Maronite bishop who is a leading advocate for the region’s...
War is not fought with war, but through dialogue, forgiveness, reconciliation, and the will to start a new life and follow new paths of peace", said Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Butros...
Nearly 3,000 Christian families have been repatriated since Iraqi forces liberated Nineveh from ISIS, according to a local official. In late August, the Iraqi government announced the recapture of...
Kidnapped Indian priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil has been freed from captivity and flown to Oman, the country’s government has said. Fr. Tom was kidnapped when his care home in the Yemeni city of Aden was...
Christians in the Middle East are voting with their feet for the government of President Assad in Syria. With all that American government officials and the news media have said to condemn the...
With towns and cities such as Qaraqosh and Bashiqa in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains now liberated from Islamic State (IS) forces and their original inhabitants beginning to return, there is confidence among...
Fr Ibrahim Alsabagh, a 44-year-old Franciscan, is the parish priest and custodian of the Aleppo Latin Parish. He is currently in Italy for a series of conferences, and spoke to AsiaNews about the...
Some of the few Christians remaining in Baghdad would like to see the international community protect their religion with the establishment of an independent state like the Vatican or Kuwait. “We as...
Religious Sisters in Iraq have set out plans to return to a key town in the ancient Nineveh Plains where they hope to provide help and healing for thousands of Christian families returning there....
The “situation is still dramatic” in Syria, said Cardinal Mario Zenari. “There are some signs of hope, but the situation is still very difficult,” he explained. On August 30, 2017, L’Osservatore...
Mass has returned to the city of Mosul, after three years of occupation by the Islamic State. Father Luis Montes said the sight of so much desecration in the city was painful for him, but he added it...
Leader Nasrallah reports that negotiations on the surrender of militants in the mountains between Lebanon and Syria have also included talks about the fate of the two clergymen missing since April...
"We believe in God first, Trump second," says a Christian man in Ainkawa, Erbil, in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. "You hear it said often here." Iraq's Christians in 2003 numbered more than a...
As life-threatening poverty has left Syria’s war-torn families struggling to buy food, a leading Catholic charity has responded with much needed help. Working with local Church leaders, Catholic...
The installation process of Saint Charbel's largest statue got under way Friday, August 25, at the Cross Mountain in Faraya after it had been delicately transported from Haret Sakher over the weekend...
A mostly Christian town about 25 kilometers north of Mosul that Kurdish Peshmerga and US Special Forces liberated from ISIS, is slowly returning to life as 4,000 residents have now returned. Brett...
The conflict in Syria is taking a turning point. Unfortunately, details of the kidnapped bishops of Aleppo remains mysterious. Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop...
A recent trip to Iraq drove home the perilous state of Christians and Yazidis there, a former US Congressman from Virginia has recounted in a new report. “If nothing is done, I believe that we will...
Within just one month up to 15,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are expected to return to the town in the ancient Nineveh Plains which suffered the worst violence carried out by Daesh (ISIS). The...
After three years in exile from Iraq's Nineveh Plain while it was occupied by the Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena are returning to their homeland to face the daunting...