Middle East - Africa News

Archbishop Mazen Mattuka with Father Pius Affas at the Monastery of St. Banham and Sarah in Iraq.

Kidnapped by ISIS, priest in Iraq recounts story of facing fear with faith

Apr 14, 2024


A Syriac Catholic priest in Mosul opens up about his nine-day kidnapping ordeal. Read more

A priest celebrates Mass in Sudan before the outset of war.

Sudan civil war leaves no seminarians and almost no Catholic Church

Apr 13, 2024

By Andrés Henríquez

The third Sudanese civil war has terribly affected the entire country but especially the local Catholic Church, according to Aid... Read more

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Catholic bishops in Kenya urge government to address doctors strike

Apr 13, 2024

By Silas Isenjia

“Witnessing the misery of the sick,” Kenya’s bishops urge the government there to address an ongoing strike of doctors and... Read more

Sister Medhin with school children in Tigray, Ethiopia, in March 2024. The Scotland-based organization Mary’s Meals, which feeds almost 2.5 million children in some of the world’s poorest countries, has been partnering with the Daughters of Charity in Tigray since 2017 to provide meals for thousands of children.

As hunger crisis unfolds in Ethiopia, global charity teams up with Catholic nuns to feed children

Apr 13, 2024

By Zoe Romanowsky

Mary’s Meals, which feeds almost 2.5 million children globally, has been partnering with the Daughters of Charity in Tigray since... Read more

A Palestinian woman assists a child playing on the ruinas of a building destroyed by earlier Israeli bombardment in Gaza City on April 8, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas militant group.

Catholic Relief Services calls for ‘immediate end’ to violence as it ramps up aid in Gaza

Apr 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The group called “for an immediate end to the violence” and “greater humanitarian access to ensure innocent civilians can access... Read more

Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina.

More than 700 baptized on Easter in Nigeria despite rise in attacks on Christians

Apr 9, 2024

By Abah Anthony John

More than 700 Christians were baptized on Easter Sunday in Nigeria’s Diocese of Katsina, where there is a rise in... Read more

An improvised barricade covered with barbed wire. In the background, the tent of activists from the “Save the Armenian Quarter” (ArQ) association who are guarding the “Cow’s Garden” parking lot.

New episode involving land dispute shakes Armenian community in Jerusalem again 

Apr 5, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

According to a communique, on April 3 “an unlawful eviction was initiated by Israeli police on the grounds of the... Read more

Father Jude Nwachukwu (left) and Father Kenneth Kanwa were kidnapped from their parish rectory in the Diocese of Pankshin in Nigeria on Feb. 1, 2024.

Catholic bishop urges U.S. Secretary of State to build ‘partnership’ with Nigeria to address violence

Apr 5, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Bishop Elias Zaidan urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken to heed the concerns of Nigerian bishops who describe their situation... Read more

Catholic Relief Services workers help to distribute humanitarian aid materials to Gazan civilians in March 2024.

Catholic Relief Services increasing efforts in Gaza despite deaths of aid workers   

Apr 4, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

Jason Knapp of CRS told CNA that they remain “committed to doing everything we can to address the significant humanitarian... Read more

Chef José Andrés discussing the delivery of aid to Ukraine in 2022.

World Central Kitchen pauses Gaza relief efforts after 7 workers killed in Israeli strike

Apr 2, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The Israel Defense Forces have accepted responsibility for the strike but said they did not intend to kill innocent humanitarian... Read more

With the incense burned from the newly blessed fire, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, incenses the "Stone of Anointing," located at the entrance of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, where, according to tradition, the body of Jesus was anointed and prepared with aromatic oils for burial. March 30, 2024.

‘The mother of all holy vigils’: Jerusalem basilica is first place to announce Easter

Mar 31, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, the church of the Lord’s resurrection, the Easter Vigil is held on Saturday... Read more

The custos of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton, walks through empty Bethlehem streets during the solemn entrance to the Basilica of the Nativity on Jan. 6, 2024.

The Holy Land may turn into a museum or an architectural remembrance, archbishop warns

Mar 29, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The archbishop of Toledo and primate of Spain, Francisco Cerro Chávez, stressed in a recent letter the need to support... Read more

The Catholic faithful gathered in the Cenacle in Jerusalem for the Mass of the Lord's Supper that the Franciscan friars celebrated on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024. The Cenacle is at the center of strong tensions and disputes regarding ownership and rights of access and celebration. An ancient tradition places King David’s tomb here and over the centuries Jews and Muslims have leveraged this to first expel the Franciscans and then to prevent Christian worship, which they deemed sacrilegious.

PHOTOS: Friars and faithful gather in Upper Room in Jerusalem to mark the Last Supper

Mar 28, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

On Holy Thursday, the doors of the Cenacle in Jerusalem were opened to welcome the Franciscans of the Custody of... Read more

On Holy Wednesday, the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land venerated the column to which, according to tradition, Jesus was bound to be scourged. They prayed the station dedicated to the column during the daily procession that the Franciscans perform inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. At the end, they intoned the hymn “Columna Nobilis” and then, one by one, they performed an act of veneration. March 27, 2024.

Holy Wednesday in Jerusalem: Venerating the pillar of Christ’s flagellation

Mar 27, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

In Jerusalem, the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land venerate the two stones that, according to Luke’s Gospel,... Read more


Holy Land priest recommends 4 ways to live a worthwhile Holy Week

Mar 27, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Father Juan María Solana, LC, director of the Magdala Center in the Holy Land, offers four ways to live worthwhile... Read more

Some Greek Orthodox monks at the entrance of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher wait for the solemn entrance of the patriarch on Saturday, March 23, 2024, for the First Vesper of the first Sunday of Lent, called the "Sunday of Orthodoxy."

PHOTOS: As Catholics enter Holy Week, Orthodox churches begin Great Lent in Holy Land

Mar 26, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

As the Catholic Church in the Holy Land entered Holy Week by literally retracing the steps of Jesus’ passion, the... Read more

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, gives the final blessing with the relic of the holy cross at the end of the Palm Sunday procession from Bethphage to Jerusalem on March 24, 2024.

PHOTOS: Palm Sunday procession in Holy Land celebrates ‘joy in being Christians’

Mar 25, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, led the procession, which departed from Bethphage on the eastern side of... Read more

The daily procession of the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. Due to the restoration works inside the basilica, Franciscans, as well as other communities, had to change the route of their processions. These are all issues that need to be discussed, as they fall within the Status Quo.

What is the ‘Status Quo’ that governs some of Jerusalem’s holiest sites?

Mar 24, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

A decree going back to 1852 governs the possession and rights of use for Catholic and Orthodox Christian communities at... Read more

Map of Congo.

Lifting of moratorium on death penalty in Congo ‘a step backwards,’ cardinal says

Mar 22, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

In a March 17 interview, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo said he finds it “abnormal that a government that claims to be... Read more

A screenshot of Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo during the March 17 interview with KTO.

African cardinal: Fiducia Supplicans seen as ‘cultural colonization, Western imperialism’

Mar 20, 2024

By Jude Atemanke

In a March 17 interview, Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo deplored the lack of “synodality” in the release of the DDF document... Read more