Middle East - Africa News


Bishop of Arabia responds to Muslim scholars' letter

Nov 23, 2007

The Catholic Bishop of Arabia has published an article examining the call to dialogue made by 138 Muslim scholars in... Read more


African and European bishops denounce “new slaveries” that plague Africa

Nov 21, 2007

In a press release issued Tuesday, the bishops of Africa and Europe have called for more attention to be paid... Read more

Pope appeals for peaceful solution to crisis in Somalia

Nov 21, 2007

"Distressing news is reaching us, concerning the precarious humanitarian situation in Somalia,” Pope Benedict said today following his general audience... Read more


Iraqi Christians unable to return due to violence

Nov 20, 2007

Father Zacaria Sulaqa of Basora said this week the Christian community in his region “has almost disappeared.  Of the nearly... Read more


U.S. Bishops’ International Policy Chairman speaks about Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Nov 16, 2007

In an exclusive interview with CNA earlier this week, Bishop Thomas Wenski took time to explain why the Bishop’s Conference... Read more

Future cardinal asks Iraqi president to guarantee teaching of Christian religion in schools

Nov 15, 2007

The director of cultural affairs of the Patriarchate of Babylonia of the Chaldeans and the rector of Babel College, Auxiliary... Read more


Eritrea’s record on religious freedom one of the worst

Nov 15, 2007

The expulsion of 14 Catholic missionaries from Eritrea two days ago is part of a plan of the Maoist dictatorship... Read more

U.S. Bishops support "responsible transition" in Iraq

Nov 14, 2007

The U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference on Tuesday released a statement calling for a responsible transition of power in Iraq in... Read more


Holy See delegation to UN endorses two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Nov 9, 2007

Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio heading the Holy See's Permanent Observer mission to the United Nations, endorsed a two-state... Read more


Priests and religions in Israel continue facing obstacles to obtain visas

Nov 8, 2007

Despite promises from the government, priests and religious who serve or should serve in Israel continue to face many obstacles... Read more

More than half of Christians have fled Iraq since 2003

Nov 8, 2007

The Latin Rite Archbishop of Baghdad, Jean Benjamin Seleiman, said this week that of 700,000 Christians who were living in... Read more


Christians would be main victims of attack by Turkey in northern Iraq

Nov 5, 2007

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Mer Patros said this week a possible incursion into the northern Iraq by Turkish forces in to... Read more


Future cardinals thank Holy Father for remembering Africa

Oct 29, 2007

Archbishops Theodore Adrien Sarr of Dakar (Senegal) and John Njue of Nairobi (Kenya) thanked Pope Benedict XVI for naming them... Read more


Do not become attracted by a permissive consumer society, Pope Benedict warns people of Gabon

Oct 26, 2007

Today the Holy Father received the bishops from the central African country of Gabon as they completed their "ad limina"... Read more


Denmark grants asylum to Christian singer fleeing oppression and torture

Oct 24, 2007

An Eritrean Christian gospel singer who faced torture and unjust imprisonment in her homeland has been granted asylum in Denmark,... Read more

Fathers Pius Affas and Mazen Ishoa

Abducted Iraqi Priests freed, details about release still vague

Oct 22, 2007

Two Catholic priests kidnapped more than a week ago in Mosul have been released and are in good health, the... Read more


Iraqi Archbishop appeals to world to help Iraqi Christians

Oct 17, 2007

The Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Basilios Georges Casmoussa, has called on Christians around the world to help Iraqi Christians. Read more

Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa

Iraqi archbishop denies kidnapped priests have been released

Oct 15, 2007

The Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Basile Georges Casmoussa, has denied a report by the Aina news agency that four... Read more


Bishops endorse Christian-Muslim dialogue, provide guidelines for improvement

Oct 15, 2007

An association of various national bishops' conferences in western Africa has issued a communiqué encouraging Christian-Muslim dialogue as "the only... Read more


Website launched in memory of slain priest in Iraq

Oct 12, 2007

Father Rayan Atto, pastor of the Chaldean Catholic parish of Mar Qardagh in Erbil, announced this week a new website... Read more