Middle East - Africa News


Eucharist is source of conversion for secular culture, nourishment for the persecuted and suffering, say bishops

Oct 6, 2005

243 bishops participated in Thursday afternoon's seventh meeting of the 11th General Synod of Bishops taking place in Rome this... Read more


Reconciliation and peace message of the Gospel goes above ethnic and cultural boundaries says Pope to First Encounter of Civilizations in Turkey

Sep 26, 2005

The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI welcomed with joy the news of the first Encounter of Civilizations, celebrated in Antioch... Read more


Lima cardinal says priests must be experts in charity

Sep 26, 2005

The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, said this week priests are called to be "experts in charity" and... Read more


IRAQ: Constitution „opens the door“ to discrimination, says Patriarch

Sep 20, 2005

Mons. Emmanuel III Delly, the Patriarch of Baghdad for the Catholic Chaldeans, has met the President and Prime Minister of... Read more


Italian Catholics attack legal proposal of civil unions

Sep 13, 2005

The Vatican daily, Osservatore Romano, has accused former Italian premier Romano Prodi of undermining marriage and the moral framework of... Read more


Holy Land Christians raise voices against ‘Islamic mafia’

Sep 11, 2005

An “Islamic fundamentalist mafia” has been committing acts of violence and intimidation against Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land, says... Read more


Muslim Turks invite Pope to inter-religious symposium

Sep 6, 2005

Muslim organizers of an inter-religious symposium in Antioch, Turkey, have expressed their intention to invite Pope Benedict XVI to the... Read more


Ruins of pool where Jesus healed blind man found; helps prove authenticity of John’s Gospel

Aug 9, 2005

Workers in Old Jerusalem have stumbled onto the ruins of the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus, in the Gospel of... Read more


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