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Chaldean Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph in Ankawa, Iraq.

Iraqi prime minister tells Christians to come home, but is it safe?

Aug 21, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Iraqi prime minister has encouraged Christians to come home—but  Catholic leaders and aid agencies say without stability and economic... Read more

The flag of Zimbabwe.

Nuncio meets Zimbabwe government minister after clash over Catholic bishops’ letter

Aug 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican’s representative in Zimbabwe met a senior government official Wednesday amid tensions following a pastoral letter issued by the... Read more

Ismail Wague, Mali’s Air Force deputy chief of staff, addresses the media following the coup Aug. 19.

Catholic bishop: Mali coup 'a big failure for our democracy'

Aug 20, 2020

The military coup in Mali is “a big failure for our democracy,” the president of the country’s Catholic bishops’ conference... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 26, 2020.

Catholic bishops in southern Africa thank Pope Francis for 300,000 euro donation

Aug 20, 2020

The bishops’ conferences of Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Malawi thanked Pope Francis last week for his gift of 300,000 euros to... Read more

Flag of Nigeria on soldiers arm.

Islamic militants kidnap hundreds in raid on Nigerian town

Aug 19, 2020

Militants with the Islamic State West Africa Province attacked the town of Kukawa in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, abducting hundreds of... Read more

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

Catholic leader outlines vision for Lebanon as the ‘Switzerland of the East’

Aug 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch issued a memorandum Monday outlining a vision for the restoration of the country’s neutral status as the... Read more

The flag of Zimbabwe.

Nuncio supports Catholic archbishop denounced by Zimbabwe official

Aug 17, 2020

The Pope’s representative in Zimbabwe has expressed solidarity with a Catholic archbishop after he was harshly criticized by a government... Read more

UAE and Israel flags.

Christian advocacy group hails Israel-Emirates deal

Aug 14, 2020

An advocacy group for Christians and other religious minorities living in the Middle East has praised an agreement between Israel... Read more

A fisherman places handmade oil barriers into the sea at the Old Grand Port in Mauritius, Aug. 11, 2020, to block leaked oil from the MV Wakashio.

Mauritius oil spill: Catholic cardinal says local villages are suffering

Aug 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After a damaged ship leaked more than 1,000 tons of oil off the coast of Mauritius, the Bishop of Port-Louis... Read more

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

Cardinal says Lebanon leaders should resign after Beirut blast

Aug 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch called for the resignation of the entire Lebanese government Sunday, following the devastating explosion in Beirut last... Read more

Damage in downtown Beirut following an explosion at the city's port, Aug. 6, 2020.

Catholic groups aid recovery after Beirut explosion

Aug 8, 2020

Following an explosion that killed more than 150 people in Beirut, international Catholic groups have responded by providing health services... Read more

Aftermath of the Aug. 4, 2020 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

Aid to the Church in Need sending 250,000 euro in food aid to Lebanon

Aug 6, 2020

International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced an emergency 250,000 euro food aid package for... Read more

Pope Francis receives in audience Togolese president Faure Gnassingbé at the Vatican, April 29, 2019.

Togolese bishop, supportive of political reform, targeted by spyware

Aug 5, 2020

Researchers based at the University of Toronto announced Monday that Bishop Benoît Alowonou of Kpalimé was among six targets of... Read more

Lebanese Catholics pray at the shrine of St. Charbel, the country's patron saint.

Lebanese cardinal: ‘The Church has a great duty’ after Beirut explosion

Aug 5, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Lebanese cardinal has called on charities around the world to help Beirut's families “heal their wounds and restore their homes.”  Read more

People ride past a car destroyed after a building wall collapsed after a large explosion on August 4, 2020 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Maronite Catholic priest concerned by potential shortages after Beirut blast

Aug 4, 2020

A Maronite priest from Lebanon has expressed concern that the country may face food shortages in the wake of Tuesday’s... Read more

How Natural Family Planning is spreading in West Africa

Aug 1, 2020

By Mary Farrow

In countries throughout Western Africa, the most common religions are Islam and Catholicism. Both of these religions reject the use... Read more

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey.

Syrian government to build replica of Hagia Sophia

Jul 30, 2020

The government of Syria plans to build a replica of Hagia Sophia, with support from Russia, as a protest against... Read more

Sister Anthonia Orji, and Rays of Hope Students

This nun aims to get Ghana's children off the streets, and into school

Jul 29, 2020

Child laborers in Ghana work in hard, dangerous jobs, for practically no pay. Sister Anthonia Orji goes out to the... Read more

Church in Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

'Beyond reprehensible': Christian aid workers executed in Nigeria

Jul 28, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a statement on Tuesday condemning the execution of five aid workers... Read more

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

Patriarchs meet in Lebanon to discuss political neutrality amid crisis

Jul 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As Lebanon reels from an economic crisis, Catholic patriarchs met Thursday and reaffirmed the importance of the country’s neutrality in... Read more