Middle East - Africa News


Mexican Cardinal says faith and reason together lead to encounter with God

Nov 15, 2004

Amidst the confusion and disorder of certain scientific and technological “advances,” man must understand that reason alone cannot address his... Read more


Homosexual group to give sessions at national religion conference

Nov 8, 2004

The Gay Men's "Issues In Religion" Group will be presenting workshops at the American Academy of Religion's 2004 Annual Meeting... Read more


Pope to return relics to Orthodox Church after 800 years

Oct 31, 2004

Pope John Paul II will return the relics of two of the Great Doctors of the Church, Saint John Chrysostom... Read more


Iraqi Christians thankful for Pope’s concern

Oct 31, 2004

The Vatican News Agency Fides reported last week Christians in Iraq have expressed their gratitude to Pope John Paul II... Read more

Result of presidential election serious concern for world, says Knights of Columbus CEO

Oct 25, 2004

Knights of Columbus CEO Carl A. Anderson, consultor to the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace who were meeting in... Read more


In face of terrorist violence, Iraq’s Christians defiantly vow to stay and rebuild country

Oct 18, 2004

Iraqi Christian leaders have issued a joint statement in response to the bombings of five churches on Saturday, October 16,... Read more


Christians fleeing Iraq due to growth in Muslim extremism

Oct 7, 2004

The EFE News Agency reported this week that persecution against Christians has resurfaced in post-war Iraq and that more believers... Read more


Salesians condemn killing of street boys in the Congo

Oct 4, 2004

The news agency of the Salesians published a strong condemnation by the Salesian Province in Central Africa of the brutal... Read more


Patriarch of Baghdad “played all his cards” for release of Italian volunteers

Sep 28, 2004

The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Emmanuel Delly, said this week the Church in Iraq played “all her cards” in working... Read more


Rwandan bishops reject accusations of Church involvement in 1994 genocide

Sep 22, 2004

The bishops of Rwanda have issued an official statement demanding the media cease from implying the Catholic Church bears some... Read more


Human situation in Darfur is "unbelievably desperate" says Salesian missionary in Sudan

Sep 21, 2004

Salesian Father Jim Comino gave testimony of the dire situation in the Darfur region of Sudan during a recent visit... Read more


Syrian Catholic Church supports Iraqi Christian refugees

Sep 14, 2004

Families fleeing Iraq after the Aug. 1 attacks on Christian churches have found safe haven in Syria, thanks to the... Read more


Bishop asks Catholics to visit Egypt to encourage “persecuted brethren”

Sep 7, 2004

The Coptic Catholic Bishop of Sohag in southern Egypt, Bishop Youssef Aboul-Kheir, is asking Catholics around the world to visit... Read more


Bishops of Sudan issue plea for international help to stop genocide

Sep 2, 2004

The Bishops of Sudan have asked the United Nations and the international community to pressure the government of Khartoum to... Read more


Military chaplains keep ‘U.S. military machine running,’ says press report

Aug 22, 2004

Alongside U.S. troops, on a battlefield of intense bombing and gunfire, stands one unarmed man – a military chaplain –... Read more


Pakistani bishops to present letter on family life in Asian bishops’ conference

Aug 16, 2004

The “Pastoral Letter on Family Life” published by the Pakistani bishops conference will be presented by Mgr. Lawrence John Saldanha,... Read more


Iraq’s Christians fleeing to Syria to escape violence

Aug 10, 2004

Iraqi Christians are fleeing to neighbouring Syria in search of refuge from violence and persecution meted out by Islamic militants,... Read more


Bishop blames massive attack against Iraqi Christians to ‘foreign fanatics’

Aug 1, 2004

Fourteen Iraqi Christians were believed dead last night at least 60 wounded in Baghdad and Mosul and after car bombs... Read more


Iraqi priest says dialogue between Turks and Iraqi Kurds are “a step towards peace”

Jun 24, 2004

Fr. Nizar Semaan, an Iraqi priest in Mosul, told the Vatican news agency Fides this week that meetings between Turkish... Read more


Cardinal Arinze urges dialogue, harmony among Christians and Muslims in Nigeria

Jun 21, 2004

Dialogue, respect, mutual acceptance and the promotion of development and justice are the best ways to create positive relations between... Read more