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Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan ordains a Syro-Catholic priest in Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 28, 2014.

Patriarch urges prayer after at least 90 Christians kidnapped in Syria

With reports circulating saying that ISIS forces have kidnapped at least 90 Christians from villages in northeast Syria, Patriarch Ignatius... Read more

After pilot's heinous execution, Jordan's Christians pray for religious harmony

Christians in Jordan have responded to the Islamic State's gruesome execution of a captured Jordanian pilot with sorrow, calling for... Read more

An Iraqi Christian refugee at a church shelter in Jordan, Oct. 28, 2014.

Can Christians survive the 'dirty games' of Middle East politics?

Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and... Read more

Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria in Jordan.

In Jordan, Church works to assist refugees, protect youth from extremism

For years the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been a haven for refugees from Iraq. However, a critical limit is... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for all cardinals and bishops who died in the last year, Nov. 3, 2014.

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church,... Read more

The delegation of Australian bishops visiting refugees in Iraq, Lebanon later this month.

Catholics in Australia to observe day of solidarity with Middle East brethren

The Australian bishops have declared that Dec. 7 will be a day of solidarity throughout the country with Christians in... Read more

Syrian refugee Sarah, 14, displays a painting she made for Pope Francis.

Young Syrian refugee tells Pope, 'pray for us and pray for peace'

Currently a living as a refugee at a Salesian school in Istanbul, 14-year-old Sarah will give Pope Francis a picture... Read more

Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency.

Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence,... Read more

Syrian refugee and Caritas Jordan volunteer Amer Fahd Al Naser, his wife Noor and their sons at their apartment in Jordan, Oct. 27, 2014.

Amid Syrian refugee relief, Christians and Muslims find fellowship

A Syrian Muslim refugee aided by the Catholic relief agency Caritas Jordan now volunteers to help other refugees, saying the... Read more

Syrian refugees who have settled in Qaa, a village in Lebanon's Bekaa province.

Refugees, displaced take center stage at Middle East consistory

At Monday's consistory on the Middle East, patriarchs gathered to discuss the threats facing local Christians, and focused on the... Read more

Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory.

A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise... Read more

Fr. Hanna Jallouf, O.F.M., who was abducted Oct. 5 along with some 20 villagers from Qunaya, Syria. Photo courtesy of Custodia Terrae Sanctae.

Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village... Read more

Christians displaced by the Islamic State who have sought refuge in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq.

Pope's concern for Christians in Middle East emerges at family synod

In an unexpected move, Pope Francis added to the schedule of the upcoming consistory for the causes of saints a... Read more

These children who have taken refuge from the Islamic State at St. Josef parish in Erbil, are among the 1.2 million internally displaced Iraqis.

Apostolic nuncios to Middle East will discuss aid, response to terrorists

Pope Francis and Vatican officials are due to meet this week with the nuncios to seven Middle Eastern nations to... Read more

Pope Francis prays at General Audience Sept. 25, 2013.

Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians

In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being... Read more

Sister Maria Nazareth.

Argentine nun heads to Syria after Pope's call to peripheries

A religious sister from Argentina, who has been serving for four years in the Gaza Strip, is preparing to go... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience, May 22, 2013.

Pope mourns 'brutal killing' of priest, urges end to violence

In comments made following his general audience address, Pope Francis lamented the killing of a Jesuit priest in Syria, and... Read more

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Syrian patriarch: aid needed to calm Christian flight

Syria’s leading Catholic bishop has said that humanitarian aid should be increased in and near Syria to help contain Christians’... Read more

Thousands of Syrians streamed across a bridge over the Tigris River, entering Iraq on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

Lebanese bishop appeals for Christian Syrian refugees

Christian refugees from Syria living in Lebanon need the support of their Western counterparts, according to an Eastern Catholic bishop... Read more

Pope Francis led a prayer vigil for peace in Syria in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 7, 2013.

Argentine congress recommends Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize

Argentina’s House of Representatives has passed a resolution to nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize for his call... Read more