Middle East - Africa News

Iraqis survey damage to a church attacked by terrorists

Attacks in Iraq were coordinated, claims archbishop

Jan 8, 2008

Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, the apostolic nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, denounced the yesterday’s attacks against seven churches and convents in... Read more

Latin Patriarch says Holy Land “cannot be exclusive for anyone”

Dec 20, 2007

In a pre-Christmas address on Wednesday, a high-ranking Catholic cleric in the Holy Land criticized Israel’s official identity as a... Read more


Suspect charged in Turkey priest stabbing, victim released from hospital

Dec 20, 2007

Father Adriano Franchini was released from a hospital Wednesday after treatment for wounds he suffered when he was attacked after... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi, spokesman for the Vatican

Father Lombardi says Catholic-Muslim dialogue worries fundamentalists

Dec 19, 2007

The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said Monday the dialogue with the Muslim world desired... Read more


Zimbabwe bishops demand fair elections as Mugabe secures his position

Dec 19, 2007

Zimbabwe’s Catholic bishops have asked their government to ensure free and fair elections, SW Radio Africa reports. Read more


Muslim extremists attack Christian stores and church in southern Egypt

Dec 18, 2007

Thirteen businesses belonging to Christians, as well as the façade of a church, have been attacked by Muslim extremists during... Read more


Nuncio in Holy Land: Will exists for an agreement

Dec 17, 2007

After a meeting of the bilateral commission of Israel and the Holy See on December 12 and 13, which is... Read more


Priest stabbed in Turkey

Dec 17, 2007

A Catholic priest was stabbed in the stomach and hospitalized on Sunday, the Associated Press reports, adding to the numbers... Read more


General Hajj grieved over, Pope Benedict XVI sends his condolences

Dec 14, 2007

In pouring rain, hundreds of Lebanese mourned the passing of Major General Francois El Hajj as his casket proceeded into... Read more


Bethlehem grottos open extended hours to mark Franciscan anniversary

Dec 13, 2007

In order to celebrate the 660th anniversary of the presence of the Franciscans in the Holy Land, the Bethlehem grottos... Read more


Christians continuing exodus from Holy Land

Dec 12, 2007

Leaders from the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) on Tuesday reported on their recent... Read more


Holy See and Israel close to bilateral agreement, says Israeli ambassador

Dec 10, 2007

The Holy See and Israel are “very close to a historic conclusion” to the Fundamental Accord signed in 1993 and... Read more

Fr. Bautista, Joe Burns, and an unidentified soldier

Catholic Navy chaplain shares story of Iraqi conversion

Dec 4, 2007

Recently, CNA had the opportunity to send a writer to the Anbar Province of Iraq to cover the experiences of a... Read more


Biblical wall discovered, archaeologists claim

Dec 3, 2007

A team of archaeologists in Jerusalem claims to have discovered part of a wall described in the book of Nehemiah. Read more

Protests against “Muhammed teddy bear” teacher break out, execution called for

Nov 30, 2007

"Shame, shame on the U.K.," thousands of armed Sudanese protestors shouted, as they spilled out of their mosques after their... Read more

Archbishop Michel Sabbah

Bishops satisfied by commitment to peace in the Holy Land

Nov 29, 2007

Two important Church officials, Cardinal Renato Martino and the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Michel Sabbah, have expressed their satisfaction at... Read more


Kenyan Archbishop Kirima dies

Nov 27, 2007

After a long-time battle with kidney problems, Archbishop Nicodemus Kirima of Nyeri, Kenya, died today in a Nairobi hospital at... Read more

Gillian Gibbons, arrested for insulting Muhammed

British teacher faces blasphemy charges over "Muhammed" teddy bear

Nov 27, 2007

A teacher from England was thrown into a Sudanese jail on Monday after being arrested for insulting the Prophet Muhammed... Read more

Monsignor Pietro Parolin, head of the Holy See delegation

Delegation from Holy See sent to Annapolis, hope expressed by leaders

Nov 27, 2007

The path to peace in the Middle East could take a fortuitous turn today as leaders from 40 different organizations... Read more


New Iraqi cardinal: "pray for us, pray for Iraq"

Nov 26, 2007

At a Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica on Saturday elevating twenty-three clerics to the cardinalate, Pope Benedict XVI created the... Read more