Latest news: Middle East - Africa

Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Aug 26, 2015 - 12:16 am .- Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and hungry school students, while calling for more humanitarian aid to help stabilize the country.

Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Aug 21, 2015 - 03:10 pm .- Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a Syrian town captured by the group earlier this month.

Dozens of new grads join the ranks of Kenya’s Catholic nurses

Aug 20, 2015 - 12:04 am .- What began as a training facility for rural health care workers in the 1970s has now turned into a Catholic nursing school with hundreds of graduates.

Could the release of 22 Christians signal another Islamic State attack?

Aug 14, 2015 - 12:03 am .- After Islamic State militants on Tuesday freed 22 Christians they have held captive since February, a Syrian archbishop cautioned that while the news is good, it could be a distraction ahead of another major assault.

In Burundi's crisis, the Church stands with the people

Aug 13, 2015 - 06:02 am .- A Burundian priest has spoken out about the worrying crisis in his country, particularly following the Aug. 2 murder of  General Adolph Nshimirimana, a close ally of president Pierre Nkurunziza, who is seeking a third term in office.

What a pro-life march looks like in Ghana

Aug 12, 2015 - 12:52 am .- More than 1,000 people took part in a pro-life march in Ghana’s capital of Accra, seeking to protect all life and rejecting efforts to promote abortion in the country and throughout the continent.

Priest urges prayer for victims, perpetrators of latest Islamic State abduction in Syria

Aug 10, 2015 - 05:10 pm .- A priest in Syria has called for prayer after militants of the Islamic State kidnapped dozens of both Christians and Muslims near Homs last week.

New Armenian Catholic patriarch pulled from retirement to take the reins

Aug 1, 2015 - 03:04 pm .- In a rare move, the Armenian Catholic Church has pulled their new patriarch from out of retirement to take on the role as their new head. Church leaders cited his energy and authority as necessary when dealing with current issues, particularly those in the Middle East.

African leaders counter Obama's 'ideological colonization' in Kenya

Jul 28, 2015 - 02:25 pm .- U.S. president Barack Obama has come under fire from African politicians and Church leaders after advocating for gay rights in Kenya this weekend – a practice Pope Francis has referred to as “ideological colonization.”

Aleppo archbishop aims to help Christians stay in Syria

Jul 24, 2015 - 06:07 am .- With half of Syria’s population displaced due to its ongoing civil war, Church leaders in the country are seeking to send a message of hope and support for the persecuted Christian minority who have chosen to stay.

Hope for Gaza? Despite a tough year, Catholic aid group says yes

Jul 23, 2015 - 04:04 am .- One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is helping conflict victims to find new homes.

Less 'euro-centric,' please – what African bishops want from the synod

Jul 22, 2015 - 06:02 am .- October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said.

Despite terror attack, Christians in Tunisia have reasons to remain hopeful

Jul 9, 2015 - 01:51 pm .- In the wake of a June 26 terrorist attack on tourists in Tunisia which killed 38 people, one of the country’s leading Catholic priests insisted that the majority of Tunisians are not extremists.

Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria

Jul 7, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya Aziz, who was abducted by militants in Syria on Saturday.

Catholics in Holy Land aggrieved by arson attack on monastery in Israel

Jun 19, 2015 - 11:45 am .- Catholic leaders have been joined by Israeli leaders in their concerned reaction to Thursday's attack on a church located on the Sea of Galilee, which has hospitalized two persons and caused extensive damage.

A new church is consecrated in United Arab Emirates amid hope for peace, dialogue

Jun 18, 2015 - 06:02 am .- The inauguration and blessing of a new parish in the capital of the United Arab Emirates last week was met with jubilation, as the church will be a boon to the thousands of migrant Catholics working and living on the outskirts of the city.

Muslim leaders in Lebanon condemn persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Jun 17, 2015 - 12:03 am .- The leaders of four branches of Islam in Lebanon gathered earlier this month to issue a joint statement in the face of sectarianism and the rise of the Islamic State, denouncing attacks against Christians in the region.

For Pakistan Catholics, Mary is protector and bridge for dialogue

Jun 13, 2015 - 04:03 pm .- Thousands of faithful gathered to crown Mary at a parish of the Lahore archdiocese last month, bringing prayers for peace, forgiveness and restored cultural harmony in a region where some churches have suffered violent attacks.

Mosul archbishop's plea to the West: Save us from ISIS

Jun 13, 2015 - 07:43 am .- A leading Iraqi prelate has called on world governments to increase their efforts to defeat ISIS and restore land and property to some 120,000 exiled Iraqi Christians.

Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Jun 10, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while reaffirming that Christians have a place in the Middle East.

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