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Pope Francis blesses a Lamborghini Huracán at the Vatican on Nov. 15, 2017.

How Pope Francis used a donated Lamborghini to help rebuild Iraqi Christian communities

Mar 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Christians in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains were able to rebuild a nursery school and other facilities destroyed by the Islamic State... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil at the Chaldean cathedral in Erbil, Iraq, April 12, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Archbishop Warda: With papal visit, world will see ‘joyful people’ of Iraq

Mar 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Erbil said he hopes with Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, the world will see a... Read more

The official logo of Pope Francis' visit to Iraq. Credit: Saint-Adday.

Where is Pope Francis going in Iraq and why? A CNA Explainer

Feb 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

In a week’s time Pope Francis is expected to make history by becoming the first pope to travel to Iraq.... Read more

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa. Credit: Diocese of Pemba's Facebook page.

Bishop: Mozambique’s persecuted Christians living an ‘experience of the cross’

Feb 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Catholics living in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province have lived an “experience of the cross” amid the escalation of terrorist violence... Read more

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

Lagos archbishop urges Nigerian president to secure release of kidnapped girl

Feb 23, 2021

Three years after Leah Sharibu was abducted from her school in Dapchi in Yobe State within Nigeria’s Diocese of Maiduguri,... Read more

The flag of South Sudan.

Catholic clinic in South Sudan closes temporarily as doctors test positive for Covid

Feb 19, 2021

A Catholic health centre of the Diocese of Wau has temporarily shut down after all three doctors at the facility... Read more

Archbishop Dominique Mathieu (center) after his consecration as archbishop of Tehran-Isfahan, Iran, in Rome’s Basilica of the Twelve Apostles. Credit: Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

‘Offer the light of the Gospel’: Tehran’s new Catholic archbishop is ordained

Feb 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A Franciscan friar was ordained archbishop of Tehran-Isfahan this week and commissioned to “offer the light of the Gospel” in... Read more

The Iraqi flag. Credit: Alyaa99 (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq comes as country faces ‘multiple crises’

Feb 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq comes at a time when the country faces severe political, socioeconomic, and security challenges. The... Read more

Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, Nigeria, whence four seminarians were abducted Jan. 8, 2020.

Nigerian bishop laments continuing insecurity since seminarian's killing a year ago

Feb 15, 2021

One year after the burial of Michael Nnadi, an 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian abducted and killed by gunmen, the local bishop... Read more

An Iraqi Catholic wears a facemark at a Mass in Baghdad on Dec. 24, 2020. Credit: Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty Images/CNA.

Iraqi government imposes COVID restrictions weeks before papal visit

Feb 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Iraqi government has announced new COVID-19 restrictions, including the closure of all places of worship, less than three weeks... Read more

Fr. Pedro Opeka. Credit: Anne Aubert/Amici di Padre Pedro via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Catholic missionary priest nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Feb 11, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A Catholic missionary priest in Madagascar known for serving the poor living on a landfill has been nominated for this... Read more

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

Maronite Catholic leader calls on international community to ‘help save Lebanon’

Feb 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch called on Tuesday for the United Nations to help resolve the country’s crisis by convening an international... Read more

Vatican releases logo of Pope Francis' trip to Iraq

Feb 8, 2021

As Pope Francis’ trip to Iraq becomes more likely, the Holy See Press Office released Feb. 8 the logo for... Read more

Fr. Georges Jahola in Al-Tahira church in Bakhdida in November 2016, shortly after the town's liberation. Photo courtesy of Fr. Jahola.

Pope Francis to visit Iraqi cathedral burned by Islamic State

Feb 8, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida was charred black inside after the Islamic State set it aflame after... Read more

Ali al-Sistani, the leader of Shia Muslims in Iraq. Credit: IsaKazimi (public domain).

Who is Ali al-Sistani, the Muslim leader whom the Pope will meet in Iraq?

Feb 2, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

During his upcoming trip to Iraq, Pope Francis will meet with the Shia Muslim leader Ali al-Sistani, a man in... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin attends an ordination at the Basilica of Sant'Eugenio in Rome, Sept. 5, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Vatican cardinal visits Cameroon as Catholic Church seeks to resolve Anglophone crisis

Jan 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s Secretary of State kicked off a week-long trip to Cameroon on Thursday in which he will visit a... Read more

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

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

Jan 28, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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.

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

Jan 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

Jan 24, 2021

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

Jan 21, 2021

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