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Fr. Hanna Jallouf, OFM, of the Custody of the Holy Land, parish priest of Qanaya, Syria, was set free on October 9, according to a statement by the Custody of the Holy Land. The statement adds that...
The entire affair surrounding the disappearance of Fr. Hanna Jallouf and his parishioners is a snapshot of the kind of life Christians are living in Syria, caught as they are in the midst of a...
The Custody of the Holy Land has confirmed that Fr. Hanna Moussa Jallouf, OFM, of the Custody of the Holy Land, parish priest of Qanaya, Syria, was kidnapped by brigades linked to Jahbat Al-Nusra...
The government of Iraq is guilty of not helping Christians desperate to flee Islamic State militia, according to a leading Catholic bishop from the country. Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil...
A Franciscan parish priest in northern Syria is in the hands of Jabhat al-Nusra militia and there has been no news of him since the kidnapping. The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land reported the...
With extremists flying the black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) less than an hour down the road, the future of one of the last Christian communities in the Middle East is at grave...
The apostolic nuncios representing the Pope in the Middle East have gathered at the Vatican for a three-day meeting to discuss the dire situation of violence and unrest in the region. The theme of...
The "issue of the Christian Arabs" has always been the main concern of His Majesty the King. In addition to the historic initiatives which Jordan hosted and founded--to become conspicuously global in...
"I want to send my best wishes to our Muslim brothers," asking God "to protect and preserve our country from every form of evil." This is the wish that his Beatitude Mar Louis Raphael I Sako sends to...
This morning, October 2, Francis began a three-day meeting in the Vatican with Apostolic Nuncios to Middle Eastern nations and Superiors of the Secretariat of State and the Roman Curia, including the...
The conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine demand a revitalized United Nations where member states put their responsibility to protect persecuted peoples above personal interests and thoroughly...
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has lashed out at American conduct of the war against the Islamic State in Iraq. “Bombing these jihadists will not make them disappear, that’s for sure,” said...
Gianni Valente Rome “There’s no future for us if the Lord does not help us.” There’s suffering and concern in Louis Raphaël I Sako’s words. The concern of a pastor who sees that his flock is in...
“Be careful! The day will come when, if these terrorists are not stopped in Iraq, they will go elsewhere. They behave like cannibals! Their action is against the whole of humanity not just against...
Senior Christian and Muslim religious figures convened on Thursday, September 25, at Dar el-Fatwa in Beirut by holding the first spiritual summit after electing Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian as mufti of...
Weeks before its first horrendous beheading of an American journalist, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria gave Christians in Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, a stark one week choice: Convert or...
The leaders of Iraq’s Christians have called on the United Nations to urgently address the growing refugee crisis before a freezing winter forces displaced Christians to leave the country. “We...
In the part of his September 10 speech on confronting the Islamic State that probably drew the least attention, President Obama mentioned the need to help Christians and other minorities, expelled...
For the first time in history, Iraqi Christians who always had a "high standard of education" in the region, are being deprived of the right to study and cannot attend schools. This represents a...
At the headquarters of Caritas International in the Vatican, a meeting of Caritas Middle East was held on September 15-17, 2014, updating on the geopolitical and demographic situation, and the needs...