Latest news: Middle East - Africa

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.

These Iraqi children have lost everything – except their faith

Apr 7, 2016 - 03:30 pm .- Six hundred Christian children whose families fled ISIS violence in 2014 have lost their homes, schools, sometimes friends, sanitary living conditions and the stability of a normal life.

Cardinal Dolan visiting Iraq to show support for displaced Christians

Apr 6, 2016 - 09:36 am .- This week Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, will travel to Iraqi Kurdistan in order to offer support to families displaced by extremist violence.

There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:24 am .- Reports claiming that a kidnapped priest in Yemen was crucified over the weekend are likely false and irresponsible, the local bishop told CNA Monday.

Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

Mar 27, 2016 - 02:15 pm .- A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide bombing that left at least 65 dead and 300 wounded.

Gunmen kill Congolese priest who reported on atrocities

Mar 23, 2016 - 05:01 pm .- A Congolese Catholic priest who documented human rights abuses in his home country was killed by armed gunmen early Monday morning.

'Every person is precious' – Malawi’s bishops respond to pro-abortion push

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:06 am .- Malawi’s bishops on Sunday released a pastoral statement on the Year of Mercy, Catholic social teaching, and its relevance for their country, reaffirming respect for the sanctity of life amid a pro-abortion push.

In Egypt, Christians can suffer under strict laws – and a pattern of lawlessness

Mar 11, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- Four Coptic Christian teenagers face up to five years in prison after an Egyptian court found them guilty of insulting Islam, continuing a trend of blasphemy accusations in a country whose Christian minority lacks many basic social and legal protections.

For South Africa's bishops, the Year of Mercy is a time to heal racial division

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Repentance, spiritual healing, and hard conversations are necessary to respond to racism and racial divisions, the bishops of South Africa said on Monday.

Priest still missing after Yemen attack that killed 4 nuns

Mar 9, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Despite a lack of news and the prospect of difficult negotiations ahead, the Salesians remain hopeful that their priest kidnapped in Yemen last week will be freed.

UPDATED: Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen

Mar 4, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday.

Is Boko Haram on the run in Nigeria?

Jan 27, 2016 - 12:01 am .- The bishops of southwest Nigeria have praised the country’s apparent progress towards countering the Boko Haram insurgency.

Satellite images confirm: Iraq's oldest monastery destroyed by Islamic State

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:02 am .- St. Elijah's Monastery in Mosul dated back to the sixth century, making it the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. Muslims and Christians alike have made pilgrimages to the Chaldean Catholic monastery, invoking both poets and historians to write about its religious impact within the Middle East.

Vocations bloom in the desert: two priests are ordained in United Arab Emirates

Jan 17, 2016 - 06:01 am .- Last week Catholics in Southern Arabia gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.

In Ghana, a broken bone can mean starvation. This doctor wants to change that.

Jan 15, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Dr. Joseph Marotta, an orthopedic surgeon from Albany, New York, had always intended to use his medical skills to help people in developing countries. But the final inspiration didn’t come until he was 50 years old.

Recent activity:

Follow us:

Check out Catholic News Agency Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome