Middle East - Africa News

Early morning in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Catholic charity concerned for safety of Christians in Afghanistan

Aug 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

"The instability of the situation will lead to the suspension of all activities," Caritas Italiana said Sunday. Read more

Bechara Boutros Cardinal Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite patriarch threatened by Hezbollah supporters after calling for Lebanese neutrality in region

Aug 13, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The leader of the Maronite Catholic Church received threats from Hezbollah supporters this week after calling for an end to... Read more

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez

Prayers asked for nun kidnapped in Mali in 2017

Aug 11, 2021

By Walter Sanchez Silva

An initiative that works to highlight persecution of Christians released Friday a video seeking prayers for Sister Gloria Cecilia Nárvaez... Read more

Members of the standing committee of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Catholic bishops in DR Congo ‘strongly condemn’ attacks on Church

Aug 9, 2021

By CNA Staff

Incidents include the storming of Cardinal Fridolin Ambongo’s residence. Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a soldier’s arm.

Report: 17 Christians killed every day in Nigeria in first half of 2021

Jul 31, 2021

By CNA Staff

More than 3,000 Christians were murdered in 2021’s first 200 days. Read more

St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria was vandalized Nov 4, 2013.

Sympathizers in Nigeria's high-ranking positions stall fight against militants, priest says

Jul 23, 2021

By ACI Africa

Boko Haram sympathizers and others who support Nigeria being an Islamic State are stalling the fight against militants in the... Read more

Ethiopia's bishops during their plenary assembly in Mojo, July 2021. Credit: Ethiopian Catholic Secretariat via Facebook.

Ethiopian bishops call for ceasefire in Tigray crisis

Jul 22, 2021

By Magdalene Kahiu

As the war over control of Ethiopia's Tigray region expands into neighboring regions, the country's bishops on Saturday urged an... Read more

Nigerian Christians displaced from their homes by Boko Haram attacks. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Maiduguri.

Nigerian seminarian calls for 'prayer backed up with action' to counter violence

Jul 19, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Religious persecution is rampant in Nigeria, where militant groups such as Boko Haram carry out abductions that appear to target... Read more

Daughters of the Resurrection walking in Bukavu,  eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Catholic nun abducted on way to the market in DR Congo set free

Jul 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

The nun is “traumatized but physically unharmed.” 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.

'I believe in the Resurrection': Nigerian bishop keeps hope amid rampant violence

Jul 15, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As some warn that anti-Christian violence in Nigeria is reaching the level of genocide, the bishop of the Diocese of... Read more

South African flag, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Southern African bishops call for an end to violence and looting

Jul 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

At least 72 people have died amid rioting. Read more

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30, 2021, in Nigeria’s Maiduguri diocese.

Catholic priest in Nigeria who escaped nine-day captivity 'responding well to medication'

Jul 13, 2021

By Evans Kipkura

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada, a priest of the Diocese of Maiduguri who was abducted June 30 and held for nine... Read more

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya (1939-2021).

Cardinal who spearheaded democratic process in DR Congo dies at age 81

Jul 12, 2021

Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya died on July 11. Read more

Christian refugees iving in an abandoned mall in Lebanon.

Christian refugees in Lebanon live in abandoned mall amid economic crisis

Jul 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

An NGO has documented the harsh living conditions. Read more

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, pictured in Abu Dhabi on May 13, 2008.

Vatican foundation honors Abu Dhabi crown prince with ‘Man of Humanity’ award

Jul 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi traveled to the UAE to present the award. Read more

Sudanese Church of Christ after apparent razing and looting in Um Bartumbu, South Kordofan, Sudan, June 16, 2012.

Advocate for Christians attacked in Sudan

Jul 7, 2021

By Agnes Aineah

Boutros Badawi, a Christian activist and advisor to Sudan’s Minister of Religious Affairs, was attacked recently in the Sudanese capital. Read more

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30, 2021, in Nigeria’s Maiduguri diocese.

Suspected members of Boko Haram kidnap Catholic priest in Nigeria

Jul 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30. Read more

An anti-Christian slogan graffitied on a Coptic church in Egypt.

Christians' situation in Egypt improves, though many still consider them 'second-class citizens'

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

While the situation of Christians has improved in Egypt under its current president, many continue to regard the minority as... Read more

Santa Cruz Chapel on Murdjajou mount in Oran, Algeria.

Religious freedom advocates warn that church closures are ‘wrong direction’ for Algeria

Jun 30, 2021

By ACI Africa

The closure of several Christian churches in Algeria, as well as court convictions of Christians for undermining Muslim beliefs, are... Read more

Aftermath of the explosion inside Emmanuel-Butsili Parish in Beni, DRC on June 27, 2021.

Bomb in Catholic church in Democratic Republic of Congo 'seriously injures' two parishioners

Jun 28, 2021

By Jude Atemanke, Evans Kipkura

The early morning explosion at Emmanuel-Butsili Parish in the town of Beni was caused by a homemade bomb that had... Read more