Middle East - Africa News


Israeli tourism minister excited about Papal visit

Jun 18, 2006

Israeli Minister of Tourism, Isaac Herzog, and Papal Nuncio to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, have reportedly agreed on a visit... Read more


Navarro-Valls says Pope seeks “to recover essence of the family” in Valencia

Jun 13, 2006

The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, said this week Pope Benedict XVI hopes to “recover the... Read more


Priests must have confidence, act as Christ in service to Church

Jun 8, 2006

The ministry of a priest is in the person of Christ and is centered on the daily celebration of the... Read more

Iraqi Archbishop says al-Zarqawi death brings hope

Jun 7, 2006

Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of the Caldean Catholic Church in Iraq, told AsiaNews today that while Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s death... Read more


Madrid Cardinal says religion is greatest unifying factor in Europe

May 30, 2006

In an interview for a new book on Europe since the end of the Cold War, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco... Read more


Provincial council in Spain orders crucifixes removed from school

May 25, 2006

The provincial council of Andalusia in Spain has ordered the removal of all crucifixes from the classrooms of St. John’s... Read more

'Mirror yourselves in Mary's heart. Remain in her school!' Pope says to seminarians and religious in Czestochowa

May 25, 2006

After leaving Warsaw this afternoon, The Pope arrived in helicopter at the Marian Sanctuary of Jasna Góra in Czestochowa, where... Read more


Syria is a country of religions coexistence, says Nuncio in talks with Syrian authorities

May 22, 2006

Yesterday, the Apostolic Nuncio in Syria Giovanni Battista Morandini, met with the Minister of Religious Affairs Ziad al-Din al-Ayoubi on... Read more


Bishops encourage journalists to courageously communicate the truth

May 22, 2006

In a message marking the World Communications Day—which will be celebrated on Sunday, May 28--the Committee on Communications Media of... Read more


Situation of Christians in West Bank worsening since Hamas take-over

May 2, 2006

The Catholic relief association, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recentlyreported on the dire situation of Christians living in... Read more


Pakistan screens first-ever Catholic film; plans made to realize Catholic TV, radio

Apr 30, 2006

Pakistan screened its first-ever Catholic film this week. It “is a historical moment, not only for the Archdiocese of Karachi... Read more


Israeli wall severs ancient pilgrimage route that follows Jesus’ footsteps to Jerusalem

Apr 17, 2006

An ancient pilgrimage route that follows in Jesus’ footsteps, from the place where he raised Lazarus from the dead to... Read more


One dead after attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt

Apr 16, 2006

About 600 Christians demonstrated against what they consider government indifference to sectarian attacks after a Coptic Christian was fatally stabbed... Read more


Jerusalem Church leaders urge int’l community not to boycott Palestinians

Apr 12, 2006

The 13 patriarchs and heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem launched in their joint Easter message a powerful appeal for... Read more

Case dismissed, but Afghan Christian convert still faces danger, seeks foreign asylum

Mar 27, 2006

Although Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who faced death for converting from Islam to Christianity was released from prison on... Read more


Afghan court to release Christian convert, but national tension remains high

Mar 26, 2006

An Afghan man facing a possible death sentence for converting to Christianity from Islam 16 years ago is set to... Read more


Muslims oppose new film about Jesus by Orthodox Christian

Mar 23, 2006

Muslims are expressing their opposition to plans by an Egyptian Orthodox Christian to make the first movie in Arabic about... Read more

Afghan man facing death for converting to Christianity won’t recant, experts ask, ‘is world body doing enough?’

Mar 21, 2006

Abdul Rahman was reportedly turned into Afghan authorities by his own family for becoming Christian--an act which could subject him... Read more


Afghan man could face death for becoming Christian

Mar 20, 2006

The Associated Press is reporting that an Afghan man who reportedly converted from Islam to Christianity is facing a potential... Read more


Did media downplay attacks on Turkish parish?

Mar 14, 2006

On March 11th, a young man armed with a long knife entered a Catholic church and threatened two monks and... Read more