Middle East - Africa News


An insider’s view: Susan Torres’ family ‘overcame enormous adversity and odds’

Aug 8, 2005

When 26-year old Susan Torres--brain damaged and kept alive by life support--gave birth to 1 pound, 13 ounce, Susan Anne... Read more


African bishop thanks Pope for donation to drought victims

Jul 26, 2005

Bishop Michel Christian Cartateguy of Niamey, Nigeria, expressed his thanks to Pope Benedict XVI this week for the donation made... Read more


Muslim world must condemn terrorism, says Iraqi priest

Jul 25, 2005

The Muslim world must condemn terrorism “carried out in its name,” says an Iraqi Catholic priest in Mosul.  Read more


Two priests arrested in connection with murder of Kenyan Bishop

Jul 21, 2005

Officials in Isiolo, Kenya have arrested two priests in connection with last week’s murder of Bishop Luigi Locati. The total... Read more


Culture of Life Foundation commends Roberts nomination

Jul 20, 2005

Following President Bush’s long awaited nomination of Judge John Roberts to replace retiring Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court,... Read more


Police in Kenya detain two suspects in murder of Italian bishop

Jul 17, 2005

Police in Kenya have detained two suspects who may have been involved in the murder of Bishop Luigi Locati, Apostolic... Read more


US first lady donates $500,000 to Catholic AIDS program

Jul 14, 2005

The United States first lady, Laura Bush, pledged $500,000 to support a Catholic program in Tanzania that provides support to... Read more


Scientist calls Cardinal Schonborn’s evolution editorial a ‘much needed clarification’ on Church teaching

Jul 14, 2005

In light of a recent firestorm over a New York Times editorial by Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schonborn discussing the Church’s... Read more


Jerusalem officials cancel annual gay pride parade

Jun 23, 2005

Jerusalem officials have decided to ban the fourth annual gay pride parade, organized for June 30, claiming the march would... Read more


Pope says Western influence is cause for ‘sexual immorality’ in Africa: Botswana bishop

Jun 21, 2005

An African bishop returning from his first Ad Limina visit with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome said the weeklong meeting... Read more


Vicar-general of Khartoum released

Apr 18, 2005

The vicar-general of the Diocese of Khartoum, Fr. Peter Ayung, was released from prison yesterday. The priest had been arrested... Read more


Iran liberalizes laws on abortion

Apr 11, 2005

The Iranian parliament voted today to legalize abortion for foetuses who are deemed mentally and physically disabled, reported BBC News.  Read more


Iraqi Catholics mourn Pope, hold memorial mass

Apr 7, 2005

Despite potential danger, several hundred people gathered at St. Joseph's Chaldean Church in Baghdad yesterday for a special memorial mass... Read more


Harrisburg bishop’s alma mater raises funds since ordination

Feb 1, 2005

Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Harrisburg returned to his alma mater yesterday to mark Catholic Schools Week and to unveil a... Read more


U.S. soldier in Iraq requests prayers for upcoming vote

Jan 20, 2005

A U.S. soldier in Iraq is requesting prayers as the military unit prepares to deliver the voting machines and ballots... Read more


Kidnapped archbishop says Pope’s appeal resulted in his quick release

Jan 18, 2005

The Iraqi archbishop, who was kidnapped Monday but released yesterday after 19 hours in captivity, credits the Pope for his... Read more


Lutheran panel says ‘no’ to same-sex marriage; proposes tolerance for homosexuality

Jan 17, 2005

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should officially maintain its traditional position against same-sex blessing ceremonies and ministers involved in... Read more


Archbishop kidnapped in Iraq on verge of election

Jan 16, 2005

Today the Vatican released a statement deploring the kidnapping of a Catholic Archbishop in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Read more


Bethlehem mayor says Israeli occupation is driving away Christians

Dec 15, 2004

The mayor of Bethlehem said that the “bitterness” of the Israeli  occupation is driving more and more Christians away from... Read more


Dark future for Christians in Arab regions if world continues neglect, says scholar

Dec 14, 2004

The situation in the Arab world has reached a point at which the further subjugation and persecution of Christians in... Read more