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Pope Francis pictured at the general audience at the Vatican April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis to meet top Shiite cleric on Iraq visit, says cardinal

Pope Francis will meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during his trip to Iraq, a cardinal said on Thursday  Read more

Patriarch Louis Raphaël Sako speaks at an Aid to the Church in Need press conference in Rome, Sept. 28, 2017. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal calls for 3-day ‘Nineveh fast’ for return to peace and stability in Iraq

Chaldean Catholics in Iraq are undertaking a three-day “Nineveh fast” this week to pray for peace and security in their... Read more

A bishop of the Holy Land Coordination surveys the construction of the separation wall in Palestine's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2017.

Bishops reiterate need for direct Israel-Palestine negotiations if there is to be peace

A group of Christian leaders who advocate for the Holy Land this week reiterated a call for Israeli and Palestinian... Read more

Fr. Rodrigues Sanon. Courtesy photo.

Missing priest in Burkina Faso found dead

A Catholic priest in Burkina Faso who went missing Tuesday has been found dead in a forest, the local bishop... Read more

Pope Francis, pictured on October 4, 2014.

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis sends condolences after 32 killed in suicide bombings in Iraq

Pope Francis said on Thursday that he was praying for the victims of two suicide bombings in Baghdad, which took place... Read more

The Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion in Axum, Ethiopia. Credit: Jialiang Gao via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

By CNA Staff

Hundreds reportedly dead after massacre at Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia

At least 750 people are reported dead after an attack on an Oriental Orthodox church in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, according... Read more

Fr. Rodrigues Sanon. Courtesy photo.

Another priest missing in Burkina Faso

A Catholic bishop in Burkina Faso is asking for prayers after the disappearance of another priest, whose vehicle was found... Read more

Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the diocese of Minna, Nigeria. Public domain.

Catholic priest in Nigeria found dead after abduction

The body of a Catholic priest was discovered in Nigeria on Saturday, a day after he was kidnapped by armed... Read more

Bishop Moses Hamungole of Monze, Zambia. Public domain.

Zambian bishop, 53, dies of COVID-19 complications

Bishop Moses Hamungole of Zambia’s Monze Diocese died Wednesday of COVID-19-related complications. He was 53.  Read more

Mass at the Chaldean Cathedral in Erbil, Iraq, on April 12, 2015. Credit: Mazur/

Iraqi Catholics urged to pray at Sunday Masses that Pope Francis will be able to visit country

A cardinal has called on Iraqi Catholics to pray at Sunday Masses that Pope Francis will be able to visit... Read more

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox monastery on the Jordan River in the West Bank. Credit: Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida (CC BY 2.0)

By Hannah Brockhaus

Franciscan friars return to site of Christ's baptism after 50 years

For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able... Read more

The camp for internally displaced persons at St Peter Claver Cathedral in Bangassou, CAR, Oct. 21, 2017.

Central African Republic rebels seize Bangassou, bishop reports

The Central African Republic city of Bangassou has been captured by rebels aligned with an ex-president, Bishop Juan José Aguirre... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, head of the Maronite Church. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

By Courtney Mares

Lebanese cardinal urges leaders to help country avoid ‘total collapse’

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch has said that the country could be facing “the risk of total collapse” amid a deepening economic and... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, pictured before his appointment as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Credit: Cristian Gennari/OESSH.

Patriarch Pizzaballa: Clericalism is 'very evident' in Holy Land

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has said that clericalism is “very evident” in the Holy Land.  Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, auxiliary bishop of Nigeria's Archdiocese of Owerri. Public Domain.

Catholic bishop released five days after kidnapping in Nigeria

A Catholic bishop in Nigeria, who was kidnapped on Sunday, has been released unharmed, according to the Archdiocese of Owerri.  Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, auxiliary bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri. Public Domain.

Catholic archbishop urges renewed prayers for kidnapped bishop amid ‘misleading’ reports

A Catholic archbishop called Tuesday for renewed prayers for a kidnapped bishop following “misleading” reports about the bishop’s fate.  Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27. Credit: Public Domain

Nigerian bishop kidnapped, Catholics pray for his safety

The bishops of Nigeria have urged prayer for the safety and release of a Nigerian Catholic bishop who was abducted... Read more

Pope Francis holds the flag of Lebanon and prays during his general audience on Sept. 2, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis pens Christmas letter to 'beloved people of Lebanon'

Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the people of Lebanon encouraging them to trust in God during times... Read more


By Matt Hadro

Nigerian Christians facing 'calculated genocide,' Catholic bishop tells Congress

The world must not ignore the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko told members of Congress... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, pictured on Feb. 11, 2015. Credit: Mazur/

By Courtney Mares

Catholic archbishop: papal visit could ‘change trajectory’ of Christian presence in Iraq

Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda has said that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country could be a turning point for... Read more