Arab world

The desolation of a burned Iraqi church left Argentine-born missionary Father Luis Montes with the firm conviction that Satan is at the root of the attacks. “The one who is behind everything is the...
“The Pope of Peace in Egypt” is the motto of the trip Pope Francis will undertake April 28-29, visiting the city of Cairo, shared Monsignor Emmanuel Ayad Bushay, Bishop of Luxor, Thebes of the Copts...
Medical needs that are not being met in Iraqi Kurdistan have reached a critical point, according to the UK-based medical donations charity International Health Partners (IHP). This week the charity...
US first lady Melania Trump presented the 2017 Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award to 13 women, including Sister Carolin Tahhan from Syria, on Wednesday, March 29. Sister...
A Sister helping Christian families in war-torn Syria has revealed the severity of the on-going crisis across the country – despite the holding ceasefire. Speaking at Aid to the Church in Need’s Area...
The cost of rebuilding Christian villages destroyed by Daesh (ISIS) in northern Iraq could exceed £160 million (US$200 million), according to a survey carried out by a Catholic charity. But, with...
Christians in Iraq are faced with running out of the supplies that are keeping them alive, the aid coordinator for the Catholic archdiocese of Erbil told World Watch Monitor. As recently as 2003,...
Pope Francis has appealed for a concerted effort to protect Iraqi civilians who are victims of the ongoing bloody war in their nation and he prayed in particular for those who are trapped in the...
It is not possible to describe the suffering of the Syrian people with human words. The only effective description of the southern country is the following: “Whoever doesn’t believe in Hell, suffice...
The hardest challenge for Iraq’s Christians is uncertainty and not knowing where the next dollar is to come from, according to John Neill, a volunteer aid worker for the Chaldean archdiocese of Erbil...
For decades, merchant Rifat El-Sayeh, a Coptic Christian, wanted to see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and visit the Church of the Nativity in nearby Bethlehem. But mostly, he wanted...
Mar Sako tells of west Mosul "difficult but necessary" liberation. Jihadis "use people" as human shields amid narrow streets and houses. Thousands have died and more than 10,000 homes have been...
Yohanna Towaya, who lost all his livelihood after ISIS invaded his home town, says Christians and Yazidis prayed for Trump to win the US election and have high hopes he can lead the way in saving...
Their future depends on help from the West, according to a senior Chaldean Catholic official. A senior aid worker within the Chaldean Catholic archdiocese in northern Iraq has described the Christian...
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil says the international community is key to aiding his strife-torn country. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, has been the locus for assisting...
“One of our sisters was chosen to be part of the spirituality commission that is preparing the program for the Holy Father’s reception with the spiritual animation of parishes and of the faithful,”...
When the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) swept through Iraq in June 2014, a ‘before-and-after’ picture of the Church of Our Mother of Perpetual help in Mosul emerged showing the crucifix topping the...
Rosaries and broken crucifixes strewn across the floor, upturned furniture and littered belongings greeted us as we entered the former rectory in Karemlash, an Iraqi Christian town liberated from the...
A vicar in Iraq has warned that Christians who have fled Mosul may not be able to return to the city because the Islamic State terror group has trained a new generation of child radicals. Over 100,...
Pope Francis’ visit is a propitious occasion to promote Egypt as a destination for Christian pilgrimages and religious tourism, allowing the world to know the initiatives and measures put in place...