Middle East - Africa News

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra inaugurated an apostolic nunciature in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Feb. 4, 2022.

Vatican opens its first embassy in Abu Dhabi

Feb 4, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra inaugurated the new diplomatic post. Read more

The late Father Richard Masivi Kasereka, C.R.M., at St. Michael the Archangel Kaseghe parish, in the DRC’s Butembo-Beni diocese, on Oct. 31, 2021, when he was installed as pastor.

Catholics pray novena for young priest killed in Congo

Feb 4, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father Richard Masivi Kasereka, 36, was killed by armed men on Feb. 2. Read more

The entrance to Christ the King Major Seminary in Fayit, Fadan Kagoma, Nigeria, whence three seminarians were abducted Oct. 11, 2021.

Expert urges attention to persecuted Christians as bishops decry Islamist violence in Nigeria

Jan 28, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Victims of persecution in Nigeria must be listened to, an expert on the persecution of Christians told students at the... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021.

Holy Land’s Catholic bishops invite Orthodox leaders to contribute to synodal path

Jan 28, 2022

By CNA Staff

They invited their counterparts to share their ‘wisdom and experience.’ Read more

Pope Francis met a delegation affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on Jan. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: The story of the Holy Land is the 'Fifth Gospel'

Jan 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land. Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto addresses a dinner of ADF International, "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in Nigeria," at the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C.

Outspoken Nigerian bishop says he is 'fine', amid reports he was called in for questioning by state police

Jan 11, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Following Nigerian media reports over the weekend that a Catholic bishop had been summoned for questioning by a state security... Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.

Nigerian bishop who criticized government over Christian persecution called in for questioning: report

Jan 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate criticized... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Nigerian priest shot dead on Christmas Eve

Dec 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fr. Luke Mewhenu Adeleke, a priest of the Diocese of Abeokuta, was shot dead Friday while returning home after celebrating... Read more

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Holy Land Christians need more protection, Christian leaders in Jerusalem warn

Dec 16, 2021

By Kate Olivera

Christian leaders in Jerusalem are seeking an “urgent dialogue” with local authorities to discuss further protections for Christians in the... Read more

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Diocese of Yola, pictured in 2015.

Nigerian bishop: Christian persecution is “more intense now than ever”

Dec 16, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Nigerian Catholic bishop has challenged the United States Secretary of State to justify his decision to remove Nigeria from... Read more

Charles, a 33-year-old father of a family who is a refugee at Pulka in Nigeria's Borno State.

Heroic Nigerian priest risks his life daily to help Christian refugees, aid agency says

Dec 15, 2021

By Agnes Aineah

Not every Catholic priest risks mortal danger every time he visits his people, but this Nigerian priest does. Read more

Majed, a Syrian refugee living in Zahlé, Lebanon.

Here’s what a young Syrian refugee is hoping for this Christmas

Dec 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘I have become a refugee, just like the Child Jesus,’ says Majed. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle presides at the consecration of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Bahrain.

Cardinal Tagle consecrates new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain

Dec 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The cathedral is the largest Catholic church in the Gulf region. Read more

At least 33 Catholics were killed Dec. 4 when a bus fell into a river in Kitui County, Kenya.

Catholics killed after bus plunges into river in Kenya

Dec 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bus passengers, including children, were on their way to a wedding. Read more

A Fulani herdsman in Cameroon.

'Fulani association' warns Christians in Nigerian state to close churches or risk attacks

Dec 2, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Arabia will be a focal point of Bahrain’s new cathedral.

The story behind the new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Vatican cardinal will consecrate the cathedral on Dec. 10. Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Legal group joins outcry over removal of Nigeria from religious freedom watch list

Nov 23, 2021

By Kate Olivera

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s... Read more

Pope Francis greeted Father Jean Pierre Schumacher in Morocco March 31, 2019. His martyred community was beatified in December 2018.

The last surviving Trappist monk from Algeria massacre has died at 97

Nov 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Tibhirine monks’ story was dramatized in the 2010 French film Of Gods and Men, which won the Grand Prix... Read more

Fr. Christian Carlassare, Bishop-Elect of Rumbek, recovering at a hospital in Nairobi April 27 after having been shot in his rectory in Rumbek the previous day. Credit: ACI Africa.

This bishop-elect was shot and his episcopal ordination postponed to 2022

Nov 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was shot in both legs on April 26. Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (front row, sixth from left) with Syrian Catholic Church leaders.

Pope Francis donates $170,000 to Catholic Church in Syria

Oct 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The country’s civil war has claimed more than 350,000 lives since 2011. Read more