Middle East - Africa News


Archbishop’s death could drive Iraqi Christians underground

Mar 14, 2008

A group called Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) has said that the killing of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho in Mosul... Read more

Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho

Kidnapped Archbishop of Mosul dies in captivity

Mar 13, 2008

Archbishop Paulos Rahho, who was kidnapped on February 29, was found dead yesterday near Mosul, according to Bishop Shlemon Warduni.... Read more

Pakistan bomb attack kills 24, damages Catholic cathedral

Mar 11, 2008

A bomb attack on a government building Tuesday killed 24 people, including two children at Catholic schools, and damaged the... Read more

Kidnapped Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho

Nuncio in Iraq prays for health and quick release of kidnapped archbishop

Mar 11, 2008

The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikat, expressed his concern over the state of health of... Read more

Christians in Middle East pray for release of kidnapped Iraqi archbishop

Mar 5, 2008

The Christian communities in Iraq have launched a prayer campaign for the release of Catholic Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho... Read more


Earthquake aftermath in the Democratic Republic of Congo “still critical”

Mar 5, 2008

Archbishop Francois-Xavier Maroy Rusengo has told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the Democratic... Read more

Iraqi Prime Minster Nuri al-Maliki

Kidnapping of archbishop “an assault on all Iraqis,” Iraqi prime minister says

Mar 4, 2008

The Iraqi prime minister has made the release of a kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop a top priority, saying the assault... Read more

$ 1.8 million ransom demanded for release of Iraqi archbishop

Mar 3, 2008

The Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace) foundation is reporting that the captors of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of... Read more

Archbishop John Baptist Odama

Archbishop praises Uganda peace agreement with guerillas

Mar 2, 2008

The Catholic Archbishop of Ugulu has praised the peace agreement between the government and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as... Read more


First Catholic Church in Arabic country to be dedicated to Mary

Feb 29, 2008

The first Catholic Church in an Arab Muslim emirate will be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, during a ceremony... Read more

Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho

Archbishop of Mosul kidnapped, Pope condemns act as “despicable”

Feb 29, 2008

Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq was kidnapped on Friday by gunmen who killed his driver and two bodyguards.... Read more

Papal visit to Holy Land depends on situation Christians face in the region

Feb 28, 2008

The Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land, Archbishop Antonio Franco, reiterated his hope this week that Pope Benedict XVI would... Read more


YMCA library bombed in Gaza Strip

Feb 16, 2008

Muslim extremists are suspected in an early Friday attack on a YMCA library in the Gaza Strip, Cybercast News Service... Read more

Archbishop Luis Sako of Kirkuk

Persecution strengthens faith of Christians in Iraq, archbishop reveals

Feb 15, 2008

Archbishop Luis Sako of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, revealed that the persecution suffered by Iraqi Christians at the hands of... Read more


Mugabe opponent begins Zimbabwe presidential campaign

Feb 9, 2008

A former finance minister and senior member of Zimbabwe’s ruling party has emerged as a challenger to President Robert Mugabe’s... Read more


Catholics in Pakistan oppose Islamic court plan

Feb 7, 2008

The Pakistan government’s recommendation to replace some regular courts with courts based on Islamic law is facing opposition from Pakistani... Read more


British cardinal prays to end “crisis of governance” in Zimbabwe

Feb 6, 2008

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, recently called for prayer and solidarity with the people of Zimbabwe on a... Read more


Testimony of Italian priest killed in Turkey shows holiness of love

Feb 5, 2008

February 5 marks the second anniversary of the killing of Father Andrea Santoro in Turkey. Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president... Read more

His Beatitude Ignace Pierre VIII Abdel-Ahad

Patriarch of Syrian-Catholics resigns, Benedict XVI appoints committee in his place

Feb 4, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI has decided to accept the resignation of the Patriarch of Syrian-Catholics and in a letter to him, explains... Read more

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier

South Africa Catholic bishops condemn government raid on Methodist church

Feb 3, 2008

The Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference on Friday condemned the actions of the South African Police Service in its raid... Read more