Middle East - Africa News

The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, northern Israel.

Rosary marathon: Nazareth’s Basilica of the Annunciation leads prayer for expectant women and unborn

May 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

The basilica marks the spot where tradition holds that the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary. 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.

'I'm well, improving, I'll be with you': Bishop-elect to S Sudan's Rumbek diocese

Apr 28, 2021

The Bishop-Elect of Rumbek, who is in a Nairobi hospital recovering from gunshot injuries, sought on Tuesday to reassure his... Read more

Bishop Hilary Nanman Dachelem of Bauchi, Nigeria.

Catholic charity to give $9.5 million in aid to Africa’s persecuted Christians

Apr 27, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“In no other region have so many priests, religious and church workers been murdered in the last three years.” Read more

Catholic clerics among 12 arrested after bishop-elect shot in South Sudan

Apr 27, 2021

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was shot in both legs by two armed men. Read more

Fr. Christian Carlassare, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Rumbek

Bishop-elect in South Sudan shot, evacuation plans for specialized treatment underway

Apr 26, 2021

The bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese was shot last night and is nursing bullet wounds at a local health... Read more

Idriss Déby, president of Chad from 1990 until his death on April 20, 2021, from battlefield injuries.

Catholic bishops call for ‘inclusive dialogue’ as Chad’s president is buried after battlefield death

Apr 24, 2021

Idriss Déby, who had led the country since 1990, died April 20 from injuries sustained in battle. Read more

The national flag of Egypt.

Coptic Orthodox Christian executed by ISIS affiliates in Egypt

Apr 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a video, 62-year-old Nabil Habashy Salama can be seen being killed by a gunshot Read more

Cardinal Sebastian Koto Khoarai.

Pope Francis mourns ‘tireless’ first cardinal of Lesotho

Apr 20, 2021

Cardinal Sebastian Koto Khoarai inspired a wave of baptisms and priestly vocations in the African nation Read more

A woman stands in a burned out area after an extremist attack on the village of Aldeia da Paz, Mozambique, Aug. 24, 2019.

Mozambique’s bishops lament Islamist violence in Palma

Apr 19, 2021

The Catholic bishops of Mozambique on Friday condemned the attack by Islamist militant insurgents on Palma, a city in Cabo... Read more

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the UN General Assembly, Sept. 28, 2015.

Christian leaders in Nigeria allege Islamization attempt after recent judicial appointments

Apr 13, 2021

Christian leaders in Nigeria claimed Sunday that Muhammadu Buhari's government is keen on Islamizing the West African nation, following the... Read more

Catholic bishops in DR Congo worried by killings, forced conversions in east

Apr 9, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Renewed violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has resulted in the killing of civilians... Read more

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

At Easter Sunday Mass, Patriarch Pizzaballa tells Holy Land Christians ‘nothing is impossible’

Apr 5, 2021

On Easter Sunday, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians in the Holy Land to take courage and believe that... Read more

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala during the Way of the Cross at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda, April 2, 2021. Courtesy photo

Kampala archbishop dies at age 68

Apr 3, 2021

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala was found dead in his room Saturday morning. He was 68, and had preached... Read more

Screenshot from a video of Cardinal Christian Tumi taken while he was held captive overnight in Nov. 2020.

Cardinal who worked for peace in Cameroon has died

Apr 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Cameroon’s first cardinal and a dedicated advocate for peace in the country’s Anglophone crisis, has died... Read more

Women in Pemba await the possible arrival of a boat carrying their relatives evacuated from the town of Palma following a March 24 attack.

Catholic group: Mozambique massacre should prompt attention, response

Apr 1, 2021

While recent violence in Mozambique has drawn headlines internationally, the country has been dealing with violence for years, which has... Read more

A Marian statue is returned to St. Adday church in Karemlesh, Iraq, March 19, 2021. Photo ourtesy Fr. Thabet Habeb.

Marian statue, once desecrated by Islamic State, returns to Iraqi parish

Mar 29, 2021

A statue of the Virgin Mary that had been desecrated by the Islamic State but was later restored has been... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Catholics asked to support the Holy Land on Good Friday

Mar 29, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Franciscan friars taking care of the Holy Land sites have asked Catholics for prayers and financial support as they... Read more

Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, who was kidnapped Monday, March 15, 2021, in Nigeria’s Warri diocese.

Catholic priest in Nigeria recovering after week-long kidnapping ordeal

Mar 26, 2021

A Catholic priest in Nigeria is recovering after a week-long kidnapping ordeal. Read more


Malawi legislature blocks debate of bill to expand grounds for abortion

Mar 23, 2021

Malawi’s National Assembly earlier this month declined to debate a bill that would expand the grounds for procuring an abortion.  Read more

Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, who was kidnapped Monday, March 15, 2021, in Nigeria’s Warri diocese.

Catholic diocese in Nigeria urges prayers for ‘speedy release’ of kidnapped priest

Mar 19, 2021

A Catholic diocese in Nigeria has appealed for prayers for the “speedy release” of a priest abducted on Monday. Read more