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Pope Francis prays during his Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Peace in Middle East can flourish again, Pope assures

Jun 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In an audience with aid organizations assisting Oriental churches, Pope Francis explained that peace is a gift from God, which... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem on May 25, 2014.

'Who are we before the child Jesus?' Pope reflects in Bethlehem

May 25, 2014

In his homily delivered in Bethlehem this morning, Pope Francis meditated on the role of the Christ child in the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014.

Pope to Palestinian leaders: have courage to 'forge peace'

May 25, 2014

Pope Francis began the second day of his Holy Land pilgrimage in a meeting with Palestinian authorities, urging them to... Read more

Pope Francis addresses pilgrims on Sept. 25, 2013 during his General Audience

Eastern Patriarchs 'watchful guardians' of unity, Pope says

Nov 21, 2013

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis spoke with Patriarchs of various Oriental Churches during a four day gathering in Rome, stating that it is their... Read more

 Bishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi speaks with CNA on Oct. 11, 2013.

Pakistan bishop says attacks on Christians fueled by politics

Oct 14, 2013

By Elise Harris

Amid recent violence against Christians in Pakistan, a leading bishop says that the attacks are deeply rooted in the political... Read more

Senate bill would aid religious minorities in Middle East

Aug 22, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Amid ongoing attacks against Coptic Christians in Egypt, a U.S. Senator has introduced legislation aimed at protecting the rights of... Read more

Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia.

Church in northern Arabia longs for 'place to worship'

May 30, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

As he oversees the missionary territory of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain, apostolic vicar Camillo Ballin outlined Catholics' need... Read more

 Pope Francis meets with Pope Tawadros and his delegation on May 9, 2013 in Vatican City.

Coptic Pope stresses urgency of Christian unity at Vatican

May 10, 2013

The Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt met with Pope Francis at the Vatican and spoke about the... Read more


Lebanese president discusses Syria refugees with Pope

May 3, 2013

Pope Francis and Lebanese president Michel Sleiman met to discuss the Syrian fighting and the influx of refugees it has... Read more


Pope responds to bishops' kidnapping with 'intense prayer'

Apr 23, 2013

Pope Francis is responding to the kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria with “intense prayer” for their health and... Read more

Patriarch Gregory III Laham at press conference in Basilica Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

Syrian patriarch asks Vatican to increase peace efforts

Apr 18, 2013

The most powerful Catholic leader in Syria met Pope Francis today to ask the Vatican to get more involved in... Read more

\Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria.

Egypt's Christians call for peace after attack on Orthodox cathedral

Apr 9, 2013

Christian leaders in Egypt appealed for calm after a mob attacked St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo on Sunday... Read more

Some the Lebanese young people who helped write the Stations of the Cross meditations that will be used on March 29, 2013.

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

Mar 29, 2013

A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they... Read more

Wael Salibi moved to Rome in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Wael Salibi.

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

Mar 26, 2013

A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at... Read more

Protesters carry signs in Washington D.C. on March 14, 2013.

Protest highlights treatment of Coptic Christians in Libya

Mar 19, 2013

Christians gathered in front of the Libyan Embassy in Washington, D.C., on March 14 to peacefully protest the recent detainment... Read more

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad of the Chaldeans.

Patriarch urges protection for Iraq's fleeing Christians

Feb 26, 2013

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, says greater security is needed for Christians in Iraq... Read more


Syrian bishop hopes new patriarch's experience will save lives

Feb 4, 2013

A Syrian bishop is happy with the election of Archbishop Louis R. Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church... Read more


New Coptic Catholic leader receives Pope's approval

Jan 18, 2013

 Pope Benedict XVI approved Bishop Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak as the new Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts in Egypt, granting... Read more


Catholic hospital in Jordan struggles to help Syrian refugees

Jan 17, 2013

A Jordanian Catholic hospital is appealing for more money to help with the growing influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the... Read more

Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem patriarch's Christmas message surveys Middle East situation

Dec 27, 2012

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, has issued a Christmas message that both laments the violence and refugee... Read more