ACI MENA is an Arabic-language news service headquartered in Erbil, Iraq launched by EWTN Global Catholic Network. The Association for Catholic Information Middle East and North Africa, or ACI MENA, publishes original news content in Arabic using a network of correspondents across the region.

Articles by ACI MENA

Another Byzantine-era church in Turkey to revert to mosque

Feb 13, 2024 / 11:00 am

After serving as a museum for more than 79 years, the Turkish government is proceeding with plans to make the Church of the Holy Savior in Istanbul a mosque.

Ecumenical musical event in Beirut kicks off Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan 22, 2024 / 17:30 pm

In the heart of Lebanon’s capital, Christian leaders gathered with a 400-person ecumenical choir to lift their voices in prayer.

Remembering the night the ‘city of Christians’ fell to ISIS in Iraq

Aug 6, 2023 / 14:20 pm

Aug. 6 marks the ninth anniversary of the fall of Qaraqosh, a city that was almost entirely Catholic and where the pope visited in 2021.

Christians arrested in Libya on charges of preaching and apostasy from Islam

Apr 18, 2023 / 08:23 am

Last week Libya’s Internal Security Agency launched a campaign to arrest Libyan citizens and foreigners accused of apostasy from Islam and preaching Christianity.

This Santa rides a camel around Jerusalem every year. Here’s why

Dec 23, 2022 / 10:00 am

Every year on the feast of St. Nicholas, Issa Anis Kassisieh dons a red suit, black boots, and a thick white beard.

Iraqi government must support Christians, Chaldean Catholic patriarch says

Dec 2, 2022 / 11:45 am

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Cardinal Louis Sako warned that if the government doesn’t change its policies it could spell the end of Christianity in Iraq.