Christians in the Middle East

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

Good Friday collection will aid Christians in Middle East

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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