Latest news: Middle East - Africa

Mar 30, 2020 - 02:30 pm .- The Church of the Holy Sepulchre will remain closed until further notice. It is the first time in nearly 700 years that the holy site has closed for an extended period due to disease. 
Mar 27, 2020 - 11:19 am .- Four men working in Iraq for the French humanitarian organization SOS Chrétiens d'Orient who went missing in Baghdad in January have been released by their kidnappers, the French president announced Thursday.
Mar 25, 2020 - 07:11 pm .- The Italian bishop of a missionary region of Ethiopia is the first Catholic bishop known to have died of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 24, 2020 - 04:40 pm .- A Yemeni appeals court run by Houthi rebels on Sunday upheld the death sentence of a member of the Baha'i religion. The decision also ordered the dissolution of Baha’i institutions.
Mar 22, 2020 - 04:00 am .- The Syrian civil war has led to one of the largest refugee crises of modern times, and presented unique problems for Syria’s ancient Christian communities.
Mar 21, 2020 - 12:00 am .- A bishop in Israel has renewed a call for educational leaders to address “bigoted attitudes” in the teaching of young people, and stated that failures of the Israeli education system to promote plurality is threatening religious diversity in the Holy Land.
Mar 17, 2020 - 10:23 am .- The principal and a security guard at Bethlehem Girls High School in Lagos died Sunday while helping students escape a burning building following the explosion of a gas pipeline.
Mar 12, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- While Christian schools in Iraq continue to suffer, a non-profit that promotes positive engagement in the Middle East is aiming to provide computers to Assyrian Christian schools.
Mar 12, 2020 - 08:00 am .- New Israeli quarantine measures, in effect from Thursday, have led to cancelled trips to the Holy Land, with some pilgrims forced to leave early or risk being left stranded.
Mar 11, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- Mohammed Hamayal, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy, was shot and killed by Israeli troops Wednesday during a clash in the West Bank.
Mar 11, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- “The underlying point of all these attacks is to drive away any Western ideology, Western form of living, and institute the caliphate,” Fr. Jospeph Bature said.
Mar 7, 2020 - 06:01 am .- As a wartime missionary priest in Aleppo, Fr. Firas Lufti witnessed the trauma endured by a generation of Syrian children who have spent the entirety of their lives in the uncertainty and tragedy of war.
Mar 3, 2020 - 02:37 pm .- A Nigerian priest who was kidnapped after offering Sunday Mass March 1 has been freed, his diocese has reported.
Mar 3, 2020 - 08:00 am .- Another Catholic priest in Nigeria has been kidnapped by gunmen, according to local media reports.
Feb 28, 2020 - 02:17 pm .- After a newly formed unity government for South Sudan was sworn in last week, security concerns in the world’s newest country remain high, posing challenges for Pope Francis’ desired papal trip.
Feb 28, 2020 - 05:00 am .- Bishops from the Middle East have proposed a regional youth gathering similar to World Youth Day for young Catholics from Syria to Somalia.
Feb 27, 2020 - 11:14 am .- Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, the head of the Ethiopian Catholic Church, was prohibited from leaving the Asmara airport Saturday. The move comes after tensions between the Church and government in Eritrea.
Feb 26, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- The bishops of Nigeria told the nation’s Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday to protest the ongoing persecution of Christians in the country.
Feb 25, 2020 - 09:00 am .- Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the murder of his estranged former wife. The trial could also have an canonical consequence for Thabane and his second wife.
Feb 21, 2020 - 09:00 am .- Marginalized for centuries, persecuted by ISIS, afraid to attract any attention from the West, Syrian Christians remain, by most accounts, the war’s most invisible victims.
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