Latest news: Middle East - Africa

Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

May 28, 2016 - 05:13 am .- On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in Erbil, providing a silver lining to an otherwise bleak situation.

This priest in Cameroon evangelizes through soccer

May 25, 2016 - 04:11 pm .- Father William Cañón is a Colombian missionary in Cameroon who transforms into a soccer coach every Sunday, helping to bring joy to some 60 local children through sport and camaraderie.

With Albino killings on the rise, Malawi's bishops speak out

May 25, 2016 - 03:02 am .- Amid increased violence against albinos in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, the bishops' justice and peace commission has condemned their killing, which is linked to the practice of witch doctors.

Don't love concepts – love people, Pope Francis tells aid workers

May 24, 2016 - 04:44 pm .- Addressing a global summit on humanitarian aid, Pope Francis offered encouragement and a reminder – don’t ever forget that each suffering person you encounter has a name.

Nun attacked in South Sudan dies from gunshot wounds

May 23, 2016 - 02:58 pm .- A Slovak nun and medical doctor died Friday from gunshot wounds she suffered in an attack in Yei, South Sudan last week.

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

May 18, 2016 - 12:25 am .- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.

'I am a Kurd and a Jew': an interview with Iraq's Sherzad Mamsani

May 12, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout his legs. There’s a reason he was a target: he is a Kurdish Jew.

Aleppo archbishop calls for solidarity with Christians in Syria

May 7, 2016 - 05:44 pm .- The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged, said a Melkite Catholic archbishop from Syria.

Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice' – here's one bishop's response

May 5, 2016 - 03:29 am .- For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every day.

Iraqi Christians grateful, yet uneasy following foiled Islamic State attack

May 4, 2016 - 02:25 pm .- After Islamic State militants broke through Kurdish army forces Tuesday, killing one American and three Kurdish fighters, local Christians voiced gratitude that the attack failed, but remain shaken and on edge should there be another assault.  

Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

May 4, 2016 - 10:18 am .- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.

South African bishops rebuke government for spending billions on weapons

May 4, 2016 - 06:37 am .- The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems. 

Nigerian bishop warns against embracing violence after attack by herdsmen

May 3, 2016 - 04:06 pm .- While the Diocese of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria is still searching for answers following the massacre of dozens of Christians, Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah has urged locals to embrace peace even in the face of such “persistent provocation.”

Why Iraq wasn't what I thought

May 1, 2016 - 04:02 pm .- Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically down his large, round belly.

French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Apr 21, 2016 - 12:36 am .- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.

Two years after Boko Haram's schoolgirl kidnappings, has anything changed?

Apr 14, 2016 - 04:05 pm .- Two years ago, radical Islamists with the militant group Boko Haram stormed a school in Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapping 276 teen girls. The event initially sparked global outrage, with high-profile personalities taking pictures on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls.

'Astounding' – Cardinal Dolan talks about his trip to Iraq

Apr 13, 2016 - 03:01 am .- As he leaves Iraqi Kurdistan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said what struck him most during the visit were the people’s faith and hope, despite violent persecution.

Bulldozed for a shopping mall? What might happen to these Church ruins

Apr 11, 2016 - 06:13 pm .- Newly uncovered ancient ruins of Byzantine-era church are threatened by the construction of a commercial shopping mall in Gaza, with Palestinian Christians and archaeologists making desperate appeals to save a piece of history.

'You are not forgotten,' Cardinal Dolan tells Iraq's Christians and Yazidis

Apr 10, 2016 - 03:52 pm .- On his second full day in Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan traveled three hours to Dohuk, the city where the majority of those who fled Mosul, including the members of the minority Yazidi population, escaped to when ISIS overran the city.

Cardinal Dolan to Iraqi seminarians: You will convert the world

Apr 9, 2016 - 03:18 pm .- After spending his first full day in Erbil, Iraq, Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave a special message to men studying in Iraq’s only remaining seminary for diocesan priests.

Recent activity:

Follow us:

Check out Catholic News Agency Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome