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Ruben Vardanyan, a former high-ranking official in the ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, was arrested by Azerbaijan authorities on Sept. 27, 2023, as he attempted to flee the region along with over 50,000 other ethnic Armenian refugees.

Former Nagorno-Karabakh Armenian leader arrested as over 50,000 refugees flee region

Sep 27, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Ruben Vardanyan, a former state minister of the Republic of Artsakh, Nagorno-Karabakh’s separatist government, was arrested Sept. 27. Read more

Refugees wait next to a line of vehicles near the border town of Kornidzor, Armenia, arriving from Nagorno-Karabakh, on Sept. 26, 2023.

Explosion kills 68 Armenian refugees as thousands flee Nagorno-Karabakh

Sep 26, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The explosion occurred just off a highway leading away from Stepanakert, where tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians have taken... Read more

A girl sleeps in a street in the town of Stepanakert on Sept. 25, 2023. Ethnic Armenian refugees began to leave Nagorno-Karabakh on Sept. 24, 2023, for the first time since Azerbaijan launched an offensive designed to seize control of the breakaway territory and perhaps end a three-decade-old conflict.

Thousands of Armenian Christians flee homes: ‘Mass exodus has begun,’ expert says

Sep 25, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

According to the government of Armenia, 6,650 “forcibly displaced persons” entered Armenia from Nagorno-Karabakh since last week, with more pouring... Read more

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan speaks during a U.N. Security Council emergency meeting on Nagorno-Karabakh at the United Nations headquarters on Sept. 21, 2023, in New York City. The security council held an emergency meeting to discuss the situation between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh.

‘Destruction’ of ethnic Armenians is imminent, experts warn

Sep 21, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

On Wednesday, ethnic Armenians in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to lay down their arms and dissolve their military... Read more

Protestors gather in downtown Yerevan, Armenia, on Sept. 20, 2023, as separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan’s authorities announced they would cease hostilities, signaling the end of an “anti-terror” operation launched just one day earlier by Azerbaijan’s forces in the breakaway region.

Ethnic Armenians surrender and disarm following Azerbaijan offensive

Sep 20, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

A day after an Azerbaijan offensive in which as many as 100 were killed, ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh have agreed... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his general audience on Sept. 20, 2023.

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Nagorno-Karabakh: ‘Silence the weapons’

Sep 20, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Speaking to more than 15,000 people in St. Peter’s Square, the pope said Wednesday that he was troubled by the... Read more

Armenians protest to urge the government to respond to the Azerbaijani military operation launched against the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region outside the government building in central Yerevan on Sept. 19, 2023.

Azerbaijan unleashes military strikes against Armenian Christians in Nagorno-Karabakh

Sep 19, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Azerbaijan said the attacks will not stop until the ethnic Armenians’ total surrender.  Read more

Students on the first day of school in September 2021 at the Antonia Arslan Armenian-Italian Hamalir in Stepanakert, Artsakh. The school was “established in order to help the Artsakhtsi strengthen and rebuild” and offers a variety of courses, programs, and educational opportunities.

American professor who founded school in Artsakh says Christians there are starving

Sep 9, 2023

By Zoe Romanowsky

Siobhan Nash-Marshall, founder of the Christians in Need Foundation, spoke to CNA about her work in the Nagorno-Karabakh region (Artsakh). Read more

In a Sept. 6, 2023, hearing, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey, accused the government of Azerbaijan of committing genocide against Armenian Christians in disputed territory in the country.

Lawmaker accuses Azerbaijan of ‘genocide,’ seeks answers on Biden administration’s plan

Sep 7, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Rep. Chris Smith in a hearing Sept. 6 accused the Azerbaijan government of committing genocide against Armenian Christians in disputed... Read more

Demonstrators rally in support of Karabakh to demand the reopening of a blockaded road linking the Nagorno-Karabakh region to Armenia and to decry crisis conditions in the region, in Yerevan on July 25, 2023.

Armenian Christians trapped and facing genocide: an explainer

Aug 9, 2023

By Peter Pinedo, Kevin J. Jones

Over 120,000 Christian Armenians are currently trapped behind a blockade of the Nagorno-Karabakh region maintained by Muslim-majority Azerbaijan. Read more

Children warming their hands over a wood-fired oven in Nagorno-Karabakh

Warning of ‘humanitarian catastrophe’ in Nagorno-Karabakh

Dec 30, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

A leading politician serving the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) has strongly echoed Pope Francis’ concerns about the humanitarian situation in... Read more

Archbishop José Bettencourt, papal nuncio to Georgia and Armenia.

Papal envoy travels to Armenia in aftermath of 44-day war

Dec 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A papal envoy traveled to Armenia last week to speak with civil and Christian leaders in the aftermath of the... Read more

A billboard in Yerevan featuring the flags of Armenia and the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on Oct. 7, 2020.

Armenia’s ambassador to Vatican stresses threat of Syrian fighters in Nagorno-Karabakh

Nov 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The Armenian ambassador to the Holy See said Wednesday that the recruitment and deployment of Syrian Islamist extremists to the... Read more

Flag of Azerbaijan on military uniform.

Christian advocates call for U.S. to condemn aggression against Armenians

Nov 11, 2020

An ecumenical group of advocates for persecuted Christians is calling on the U.S. to condemn Turkey and Azerbaijan, amid a... Read more

Christian aid groups call for response after Armenian Orthodox cathedral shelled

Oct 9, 2020

A historical cathedral in Nagorno-Karabakh was attacked this week, and Armenia is accusing Azerbaijan of carrying out the attack.  Read more

Pope Francis gives the Angelus address June 21, 2020.

Pope Francis calls for peaceful resolution to clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan

Jul 19, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday said he is praying for the families of victims of clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and hopes... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his June 15, 2016 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

The Church must be close to Caucasus nations, Pope Francis says

Oct 5, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Wednesday Pope Francis gave a recap of his recent trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan, noting how this year both... Read more

Pope Francis arrives to the airport of Baku in Azerbaijan Oct. 2, 2016.

In Azerbaijan, Pope says faith, service weave Christian life together

Oct 2, 2016

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis celebrated Mass immediately after landing in Azerbaijan Sunday, telling faithful gathered in the small church that faith and... Read more

Pope Francis at the Wednesday general audience in St Peters Square on June 17, 2015.

Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan

Apr 9, 2016

Pope Francis will journey this summer to Armenia, and will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan later in the year, the Vatican... Read more