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Ali Ehsani.

An Afghan appeals to Pope Francis: Save a Catholic family stuck in Kabul

Aug 20, 2021

By Courtney Mares

An Afghan Christian refugee whose parents were killed by the Taliban in the 1990s is appealing to Pope Francis to... Read more

San Francisco City Hall.

San Francisco Catholic archdiocese 'surprised' by order to cease indoor, public Masses

Jul 2, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of San Francisco is pledging to comply with the city and county public health orders barring indoor public... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch of Eastern Catholic Churches based in the Middle East at the Vatican, Feb. 7, 2020.

Middle East patriarchs discuss plight of Christian minorities with Pope Francis

Feb 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Six Catholic patriarchs from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Friday to discuss the... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Iraqi cardinal pleads for help for Christians on Nineveh Plain

Dec 9, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako has appealed for financial and spiritual aid for Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq.  Read more

Police officers patrol city streets in Philippines.

'Once the Church is persecuted, the faith becomes alive': a pastor's story

Nov 26, 2019

By Matt Hadro

On May 4, 2002, Monsignor Romeo Saniel felt the gun against the back of his head and heard a loud click. It... Read more

A 2008 Orange walk in Glasgow.

Efforts to ease tensions over Orange walks in Glasgow

Jun 19, 2019

Some figures in the Catholic Church and Protestant loyalist groups in Scotland are seeking to reach a compromise regarding Protestant... Read more

The dome of a church profained by IS in the Christian city of Qaraqoosh, Nov. 2016.

USAID and Knights of Columbus in agreement to help Mid East Christians

Oct 12, 2018

The joint effort was agreed in a memorandum of understanding announced Oct. 12 and will begin in Iraq, before being... Read more

A 2008 Orange walk in Glasgow.

Glasgow archdiocese welcomes city's decision to reroute 'Orange walk'

Sep 4, 2018

The Archdiocese of Glasgow has welcomed the city council's decision Monday to reroute a Protestant march which was to have... Read more

Canon Tom White, who was spat upon while an Orange walk passed by his parish in Glasgow, July 7, 2018.

Man charged over assault on priest in Glasgow

Jul 27, 2018

Police Scotland have announced that a 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the alleged assault of... Read more

Canon Tom White, who was spat upon while an Orange walk passed by his parish in Glasgow, July 7, 2018.

Calls to ban or regulate 'Orange walks' after priest spat on in Scotland

Jul 11, 2018

After a priest was spat at, verbally abused, and lunged at with a pole while an “Orange walk” passed by... Read more

The relics of St. John Southworth in London's Westminster Cathedral.

St John Southworth an 'inspiration and intercessor' for Westminster's priests

Jun 26, 2018

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster reflected on St John Southworth, a martyr of 17th century England, in a pastoral letter... Read more