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Bishop Adel Zaky of the Vicariate Apostolic of Alexandria.

Egyptian election gives hope to Christians, bishop says

Jun 3, 2014

Egypt's Roman Catholic bishop has welcomed the election of Abdel Fattah El Sisi as the country’s new president, saying his... Read more

St. Teresa parish in Assiut, the see of Coptic Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan, after an Aug. 2013 attack.

Egyptian bishop backs newly drafted constitution

Jan 18, 2014

A Catholic Coptic bishop has said he “very strongly” encourages Christians to accept Egypt's draft constitution for Egypt, voted on... Read more

Cardinal Robert Sarah, President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum on April 13, 2012.

Pope cancels delegation to Syria, focuses on aid work

Nov 7, 2012

A delegation of bishops from the recent synod on the New Evangelization will not go to Syria as violence continues... Read more


Caritas increases aid as refugees flood out of Syria

Sep 9, 2012

By Alan Holdren

Caritas Internationalis is ramping up its efforts to help the growing number of Syrian families who have fled the conflict in... Read more

Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio speaks with CNA in Rome.

Exiled Jesuit priest still hopeful for Syria's future

Sep 6, 2012

The Italian Jesuit who was exiled from Syria after criticizing President Bashar al-Assad says he is still hopeful for the... Read more


Thousands of Christians trapped in Syrian village

Aug 25, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Syrian rebel forces have trapped over 12,000 Greek Catholics in a village near the Lebanese border, causing shortages of food,... Read more

Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of the Maronite Catholic Church.

Pope to proceed with Lebanon trip despite Syria violence

Aug 23, 2012

As fighting in neighboring Syria rages on, Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed that he will proceed with his trip to... Read more

Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of the Maronite Church.

Maronite patriarch warns Syrian conflict could spread to Lebanon

Aug 19, 2012

Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai of Antioch, the head of the Maronite Catholic Church, has warned that the armed conflict in... Read more


Islamists attack Christians, Iraqi refugees in Damascus

Jul 23, 2012

The Syrian rebels’ attack on Damascus has allowed radical Islamist groups to attack Iraqi refugees, Christians allegedly loyal to the... Read more


Franciscans in Syria call for dialogue not weapons

Jul 14, 2012

The Franciscans in Syria are calling upon foreign powers to stop sending arms to the country after reports that over... Read more

Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William.

Interim leader of Egyptian Catholic Copts is hopeful after election

Jul 13, 2012

Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William has said he is optimistic about the future of Egypt following the country’s presidential election.  Read more

Patriarch Gregorios III.

Christians are loyal to Egypt, Melkite patriarch tells president

Jul 2, 2012

Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III emphasized Egyptian Christians' national loyalty, as well as their need for guaranteed human rights,... Read more

Coptic Catholic Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, Egypt.

Catholic leaders react to Egyptian presidential election

Jun 25, 2012

The victory speech of newly elected Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has encouraged Coptic Catholic Bishop Joannes Zakaria of Luxor, who... Read more

Coptic Catholic Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina.

Egyptian bishop hopes next president will protect Christians

May 29, 2012

The Egyptian elections are causing serious doubts among the country's Christians about whether the next president will protect their rights,... Read more

Fr. Samir Khalil Samir speaking at Birmingham Oratory for ACN's Light of the World event in June 2010.

Catholic Middle East expert believes Arab Spring is 'no more'

May 8, 2012

One of the Catholic Church’s leading experts on the Middle East says the Arab Spring is “no more.”  Read more