Christians in the Middle East

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A family at the Sharia Al Haman Hope refugee camp in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

US aid to Iraqi Christians, Yazidis on fast track via Catholic Relief Services

Jun 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The United States Agency for International Development has announced it is investing $10 million into coalitions led by Catholic Relief... Read more

Syrian refugees in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

Papal agency raises funds to help Christians remain in the Middle East

May 25, 2018

The Catholic Near East Welfare Association in Canada is launching a fundraising campaign to help Christians in the Middle East... Read more

Hartford archdiocese, Knights of Columbus partner to aid Islamic State victims

Apr 18, 2018

In a partnership with the Knights of Columbus, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford are fundraising money to aid the... Read more

Children amid devastated buildings in Gaza.

As Palestinian Christians flee Gaza, priest expresses grave concern

Apr 9, 2018

In the past six years the number of Christians in the Gaza Strip has plummeted from 4,500 to just 1,000,... Read more

A woman at Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq, March 28, 2015.

Knights of Columbus announce Easter pledge to aid persecuted Christians

Mar 28, 2018

In light of Holy Week, the Knights of Columbus announced that it will be donating more than $1 million to... Read more

The remains of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox church in Homs, Syria.

Good Friday collection will aid Christians in Middle East

Mar 12, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Vatican’s annual Good Friday Collection approaches, the head of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches has encouraged people... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil speaks at Georgetown University on Feb. 15.

Archbishop of Erbil: Christians in Iraq are ‘scourged, wounded, but still there’

Feb 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The Chaldean Archbishop spoke of the state of Christianity in Iraq today and what both Muslim and Western leaders can... Read more

Documents from a CUA research trip to to Urmia, Van, and Mosul. Courtesy of The Catholic University of America.

Saving ancient Christian cultures…one story at a time

Dec 29, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Ancient artifacts. Centuries-old legends. Prayers dating back to the time of Christ. An enemy seeking to destroy it all. And... Read more

Find hope in the sign of the cross, Pope tells Eastern Christians

Nov 24, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Friday encouraged Eastern Christians in the Middle East, who are experiencing persecution and violence, to take hope... Read more

Victims of Islamic State in focus at UN forum

Nov 6, 2017

Persecuted religious minorities in Syria and Iraq deserve a better future after suffering at the hands of the Islamic State... Read more

Greek Orthodox patriarch: Christians are not strangers in Middle East

Oct 27, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Middle Eastern patriarchs reaffirmed the deep history of Christianity in the Middle East and called for its perseverance into the... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Lebanon at Harissa, Lebanon.

Christians play vital role in Middle East – the view from Lebanon

Oct 24, 2017

The Church in Lebanon is working to aid the 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, the great majority of whom... Read more

A survey of damage as seen in November 2016 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, which was occupied by the Islamic State Oct. 2014-Oct. 2016.

A modern horror: global persecution of Christians at historic peak, report says

Oct 17, 2017

Anti-Christian persecution is “worse than at any time in history” and in many cases genocide and other crimes against humanity... Read more

A priest examines a church destroyed by Islamic State militants in Karemlesh. Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus.

Why the Knights of Columbus will resettle Iraqi Christians

Aug 4, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The urgency of the problems facing displaced Iraqi Christians has driven a new campaign by the Knights of Columbus to... Read more

A Christian refugee family living in Erbil, Iraq. Photo courtesy of International Christian Concern.

Be a Good Samaritan to Christians in Syria and Iraq, bishop pleads

Jun 16, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As the U.S. bishops discussed immigration at their annual meeting this week, one Syriac Catholic bishop begged them not to... Read more

The remains of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

'Roughly half' of Iraqi, Syrian Christians have fled since 2011

Jun 15, 2017

A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria... Read more

Egypt's Christians to hold restrained Easter services in light of attacks

Apr 12, 2017

After two bomb attacks on worshippers at Coptic Orthodox churches on Sunday, the Coptic Orthodox Archdiocese of Minya has announced... Read more