Middle East - Africa News


Patriarch cautions Turks against violent protests during Pope’s visit

Nov 19, 2006

The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians cautioned Turks, in an interview published in Sunday’s Sabah newspaper, against creating... Read more


Catholic, Protestant churches agree to produce common Urdu Bible

Nov 16, 2006

Catholic and Protestant Church leaders in Pakistan have agreed to use one Urdu Bible instead of two different versions, reported... Read more


Sharpshooters, security cameras for Pope’s visit to Istanbul

Nov 16, 2006

Turkish authorities have announced that security will be tight during Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to their country later this... Read more


Jerusalem archbishop says formation needed for dialogue with Islam and struggle against relativism

Nov 16, 2006

Coadjutor Archbishop Fouad Twal of Jerusalem said this week that in order for there to be inter-religious dialogue people need... Read more


South African bishop says parliament's approval of homosexual unions doesn't make it ok

Nov 15, 2006

South Africa’s parliament has approved gay unions, making that country the first in Africa to pass such a law.  Read more


Catholic leaders in Kenya announce plan to battle AIDS scourge

Nov 9, 2006

Faced with the growing threat that some 1.27 million Kenyans are living with HIV, the Catholic Church in that country... Read more


Bishops say Catholics anxiously awaiting papal visit to Turkey

Nov 6, 2006

“The Church in Turkey awaits the encounter with Benedict XVI.  We are preparing for the celebration in December, when the... Read more


Turkish man shoots at Italian consulate to protest Papal visit

Nov 2, 2006

A young man was arrested yesterday after firing three shots into the air in front of the Italian consulate in... Read more


Angolan bishop denounces violence and vandalism of groups who refuse to accept his authority

Oct 15, 2006

Bishop Filomeno do Nascimiento Vieira Dias of Cabinda, Angola, has issued a statement denounce the acts of violence and vandalism... Read more


Iraqi priest’s beheading linked with Pope’s comments re Islam, says family

Oct 12, 2006

Relatives of an Orthodox priest in Iraq, who was kidnapped and found beheaded three days later, said Thursday that his... Read more


Maronite Catholics: “Let Hezbollah go to Iran or Syria”

Oct 1, 2006

Although the conflict in Lebanon has ended, peace has yet returned for the inhabitants of a mostly Maronite Catholic town... Read more


Christians and Muslims can live together in peace, says bishop at funeral of slain Italian nun

Sep 21, 2006

The death of Sister Leonella Sgorbati, killed together with her Muslim bodyguard, Mohamed Mahamodu, who was a father of four,... Read more


John Paul II’s gunman warns Benedict not to travel to Turkey

Sep 20, 2006

The man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981 has warned Pope Benedict XVI not to visit his predominantly... Read more


Nun shot in Somalia offered forgiveness with dying breath

Sep 18, 2006

The Consolata missionary sister who was shot dead by Islamic extremists in Mogadishu, Somalia, forgave her killers with her final... Read more

Pope’s trip to Turkey still on

Sep 17, 2006

According to parties on both sides, Pope Benedict XVI’s November trip to Turkey will continue as planned, despite violent reactions... Read more


Bishop says freedom of worship, but no freedom of religion in Cuba

Sep 12, 2006

Bishop Jose Siro Gonzalez of Pinar del Rio Cuba told a Spanish newspaper this week that freedom of worship, but... Read more


Maronite bishops criticize Hezbollah, sectarian politics

Sep 7, 2006

In a strongly worded statement, Lebanon's Maronite Catholic Bishops criticized Hezbollah and said the interest of political parties in the... Read more


Catholic Relief Services expands operations in Lebanon

Aug 30, 2006

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is expanding its operations in Lebanon with the opening today of a new national office in... Read more


Maronite archbishop urges Christians to remain in Lebanon

Aug 21, 2006

Archbishop Chucrallah Nabil Hage of Tyre in Lebanon is urging Maronite Catholics to keep up their strength and remain in... Read more


Maronite cardinal concerned about Christian exodus

Aug 15, 2006

Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, patriarch of the Maronite Church, is very concerned about the “progressive devastation” in Lebanon and “the growing... Read more