Latest news: Middle East - Africa
Oct 19, 2018 - 04:00 am .- The possibility of mass starvation in Yemen continues as a military engagement over a major port city could block food and other aid for millions of people.
Oct 18, 2018 - 11:45 am .- The head of the United States government’s international aid agency met with Vatican officials and an Iraqi cardinal Wednesday, in an effort to highlight U.S. efforts in the Middle East.
Oct 12, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- A Turkish court has released Pastor Andrew Brunson after two years’ detention, leaving him free to return to the United States. The court declared him free to leave on Oct. 12.
Oct 12, 2018 - 11:00 am .- The joint effort was agreed in a memorandum of understanding announced Oct. 12 and will begin in Iraq, before being rolled out throughout the region.
Oct 11, 2018 - 09:00 am .- William Segodisho said at a press conference in Johannesburg Tuesday  that he was sexually abused by Fr. William MacCurtain - a priest of the British province of the Society of Jesus - over a period of years during his stay at the Streetwise Children’s Shelter in Johannesburg.
Sep 25, 2018 - 12:44 pm .- As the Democratic Republic of the Congo prepares to hold a general election in December, after a two-year delay, Catholics in the capital continue to be activists to encourage a peaceful transition of power.
Sep 24, 2018 - 02:24 pm .- A Catholic priest in Nigeria died Sept. 19, just days after escaping from kidnappers, according to local media reports. The exact cause of his death has not yet been made public.
Sep 21, 2018 - 02:57 pm .- There has been no sign of an Italian missionary priest kidnapped in Niger Monday night, a member of his community said.
Sep 20, 2018 - 11:53 am .- In a strong critique of Nigeria’s governing administration, the country’s Catholic bishops have said that Nigeria must find a new approach to self-governance as it prepares for its 2019 general election. The bishops added that prayer for Nigeria is essential to the country’s future.
Sep 14, 2018 - 06:01 pm .- The Algerian bishops' conference has announced that the beatification of Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in the country between 1994 and 1996, will be held Dec. 8.
Sep 14, 2018 - 03:58 pm .- In the face of Nigeria’s upcoming general election, the country’s bishops have encouraged politicians and residents to participate in a just voting process.
Sep 10, 2018 - 07:01 pm .- A religious vocation to serve in the Holy Land is demanding, but there is nothing like walking where Christ walked to strengthen the life of a Christian, the Franciscans of the Holy Land maintain.
Aug 22, 2018 - 03:00 am .- Christian and Yazidi communities in northern Iraq need security as they rebuild, said Congressman Jeff Fortenberry after a trip to the region to assess economic aid delivery.
Aug 21, 2018 - 08:33 pm .- Belén Manrique had a promising career in journalism, surrounded by good friends and family. But at age 30, she left her life in Spain behind to become a missionary in Ethiopia.
Aug 20, 2018 - 02:48 pm .- Last month's murder of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery in the Egyptian desert, has highlighted tension in the Coptic Orthodox Church over monasticism, ecumenism, and reform.
Aug 16, 2018 - 12:16 pm .- In the Central African Republic's Diocese of Bangassou, several Catholic institutions have taken in displaced Muslims who face violence at the hand of Christian militias.
Aug 13, 2018 - 11:37 am .- Egyptian police have arrested two men, one a monk and one a former monk, over the death last month of Bishop Epiphanius, the abbot of St. Macarius Monastery.
Aug 10, 2018 - 02:48 pm .- President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo announced this week that he will step down after 17 years in power. The announcement follows years of protests, supported by Catholics bishops, against the delaying of elections.
Aug 2, 2018 - 06:01 pm .- A Coptic Orthodox bishop was was found dead as a result of a suspected murder in St. Macarius Monastery in Egypt on Sunday.
Jul 31, 2018 - 05:06 pm .- A recently-adopted Israeli law that strongly affirmed the country’s link with the Jewish people and avoided mention of non-Jews wrongly excluded the non-Jewish population, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has said.