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Chaldean Patriarch Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako presides over the dedication ceremony of the altar of the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mosul, Iraq. April 5, 2024.

As new altar is consecrated at destroyed Iraq church, former parishioner recalls ‘wonderful days’

Apr 18, 2024

By Zoe Romanowsky

Georgena Habbaba says her eyes filled with tears to see her childhood parish and school in Mosul, Iraq, reconstructed and... Read more

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Christian leaders in Africa mark 30 years since Rwandan genocide

Apr 17, 2024

By ACI Africa

Members of the Africa Christian Professionals Forum expressed their solidarity with the people of Rwanda as they remember the 800,000... Read more

People gather at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Family on Palm Sunday in al-Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City on March 24, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas movement.

Catholics in Gaza are burying dead in Muslim cemeteries

Apr 16, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Muslim cemeteries have opened to receive the bodies of Christians and give them a dignified burial.  Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

New York’s Cardinal Dolan ‘safe and secure’ after sheltering amid Iranian airstrikes

Apr 15, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Cardinal Timothy Dolan was visiting Israel in his role as chair of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association and was... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah addresses members of the National Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (NECC) on April 9, 2024.

Cardinal Sarah says contemporary Church is experiencing ‘temptation of atheism’

Apr 15, 2024

By ACI Africa

“We pretend to be Christian believers and men of faith; we celebrate religious rites, but in fact we live as... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako (second from left), patriarch of the Chaldean Church, returned to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, after being absent from his patriarchal seat since July 2023. Along with Bishop Thomas Mirm (right), the patriarch made his way to the Patriarchal Palace, where Bishops Shlimon Warduni (not pictured) and Basilios Yaldo (left) welcomed him, joined by priests from Baghdad's archdiocese.

Cardinal Sako returns to Baghdad at invitation of Iraqi prime minister

Apr 15, 2024

By Georgena Habbaba

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church, returned to Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, after being absent from... Read more

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

By Georgena Habbaba

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