Middle East - Africa News

Suspects in the shooting of Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare appear in court.

Catholic priest among 4 sentenced in shooting of South Sudan bishop-elect

Apr 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father John Mathiang Machol was given a 7-year jail sentence. Read more

A Christian family in Qaraqosh sporting their traditional dressing for Holy Week in April 2022.

Joyful Iraqi Christians return to Nineveh Plains to celebrate Holy Week

Apr 11, 2022

By Bashar Jameel Hanna

An estimated 25,000 Iraqi Christians gathered for a joyous Palm Sunday reunion after years of war and displacement. Read more

Sister Suellen Tennyson, a member of the Congregation of the Marianites of Holy Cross, who was abducted in Burkina Faso April 4, 2022.

Abducted American religious sister a former leader of her congregation whose heart turned to missionary work

Apr 6, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The American religious sister kidnapped in West Africa this week is a former international leader of her congregation, who was... Read more

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

Months later, nine Egyptian Christians still detained after protests to rebuild church

Apr 5, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Months after protests of the government’s apparent refusal to approve the rebuilding of a damaged church, nine Christian protesters in... Read more

Sister Suellen Tennyson, a member of the Congregation of the Marianites of Holy Cross, who was abducted in Burkina Faso April 4, 2022.

American nun abducted in Burkina Faso

Apr 5, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Prayers are being sought for the safe release of Sister Suellen Tennyson, 83, an American Catholic nun who was reportedly... Read more

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda (center), joined Alejandro Bermudez (far right), executive editor of the ACI Group and Catholic News Agency, and other dignitaries and staff members at a ceremony marking the launch of the Arabic-language news agency in Erbil, Iraq, on March 25, 2022.

'It's the time for the world to hear our voice': Catholic news agency in Iraq to serve persecuted Christians

Mar 25, 2022

By Kelsey Wicks

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq, was among the dignitaries at a ceremony marking the inauguration of ACI... Read more

The logo of ACI MENA, EWTN's new Arabic-language news agency, based in Erbil, Iraq.

EWTN launches Arabic-language news agency based in Iraq

Mar 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched an Arabic-language news service headquartered in Erbil, Iraq. Read more

Father Christian Carlassare, Bishop-elect of Rumbek, speaks at Holy Family Cathedral, March 23, 2022.

Bishop-elect of Rumbek pledges to foster unity, receives heroic reception

Mar 24, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Father Christian Carlassare, the bishop-elect of Rumbek, returned to his see Wednesday to jubilation, as he emphasized his intention to... Read more

Sister Esther Nkiru Ezedinachi, a member of the Handmaids of the Child Jesus, assists victims of attacks in the Catholic Diocese of Ekwulobia, Nigeria.

'It was a miracle I escaped': Nigerian sister recounts deadly shooting

Mar 16, 2022

By Agnes Aineah

Sister Nkiru was returning home from a marriage ceremony with other people when armed assailants opened fire on their vehicle. Read more

Faces of the martyrs of Yemen.

Six years ago today these religious sisters died in Yemen

On March 4, 2018, four Missionaries of Charity were killed by ISIS in Aden, Yemen. Read more

Our Lady of Lebanon in Harissa, Lebanon.

American, European bishops urge support for Lebanon

Mar 1, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

A group of American and European bishops released a statement on Tuesday, March 1 calling for increased protections for the... Read more

Pro-government demonstrators march in support of the regime after the weekly Friday Prayers, Jan. 5, 2018, in Tehran.

Iran is squeezing Christians and other minorities out of the Middle East, researcher says

Feb 22, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A researcher with the Philos Project told journalists today that Iran is using incremental strategies to squeeze non-Muslims out of... Read more

A crucifix which was destroyed during an attack on Saint Kisito minor seminary in Bougui, Burkina Faso, Feb. 10, 2022.

Minor seminary in Burkina Faso attacked

Feb 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

Saint Kisito de Bougui, a minor seminary in Burkina Faso, was attacked overnight, the pontifical charity Aid to the Church... Read more

St. George Maronite cathedral beside the Mohammad Al-Amin mosque in Beirut, the Lebanese capital.

Vatican foreign minister visits Lebanon, still suffering from financial and political crises

Feb 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The five-day visit marked 75 years of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Lebanon. Read more

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