Middle East - Africa News

$ 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

Kenyan archbishop recommends Eucharistic ban for participants in violence

Feb 3, 2008

In a diocesan newsletter, Archbishop Boniface Lele of Mombasa, Kenya suggested that Catholics known to have participated in the on-going... Read more


St. Paul shows that proclamation of Christ is born of love, say Turkish bishops

Jan 31, 2008

The Bishops’ Conference of Turkey said this week that “proclaiming Jesus Christ for Paul was a necessity that was born... Read more


Turkish bishops: Pauline year is chance to intensify Christian identity

Jan 30, 2008

The Bishops’ Conference of Turkey has issued a statement for the celebration of the Pauline Year stressing the need for... Read more

Slain Catholic politician Melitus Mugabe Were

Catholic political leader murdered in Kenyan upheaval

Jan 29, 2008

A Catholic opposition politician is one of the latest victims of the Kenyan violence that began after contested elections in... Read more

Kenya diocese evacuates Catholic priests and personnel from violent areas

Jan 28, 2008

Following the brutal killing of a Catholic priest on Saturday, the Diocese of Nakuru began an operation on Monday evening... Read more


Catholic priest killed in Kenya violence

Jan 27, 2008

A Catholic priest was killed in Kenya on Saturday, yet another victim of the massive violence following contested December elections,... Read more


Churches urge end to Kenyan violence

Jan 25, 2008

Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was scheduled to start a mediation mission in Kenya, even as violence flared... Read more