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Bechara Boutros Cardinal Rai, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch, at the Vatican March 5, 2013.

Maronite patriarch threatened by Hezbollah supporters after calling for Lebanese neutrality in region

The leader of the Maronite Catholic Church received threats from Hezbollah supporters this week after calling for an end to... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square, April 17, 2013.

Pope Francis appeals to Holy Land Catholics as bishops consecrate Middle East to Holy Family

The act of consecration took place at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021.

Catholic bishops to consecrate Middle East to the Holy Family

The act of consecration will take place June 27 in Nazareth’s Basilica of the Annunciation. Read more

Archimandrite Abdullah Yulio of the Melkite Catholic Church demonstrates against the UAE's deal with Israel, in Turmus Aya in the West Bank, Aug. 19, 2020.

US bishops urge direct negotiation between Palestine, Israel after UAE deal

The chair of the US bishops' international justice and peace committee on Thursday called gratifying Israel's decision to suspend the... Read more

UAE and Israel flags.

Christian advocacy group hails Israel-Emirates deal

An advocacy group for Christians and other religious minorities living in the Middle East has praised an agreement between Israel... Read more

Lebanese flag on barbed wire in front of the Lebanese government seat of Grand Serail.

World is 'washing its hands' of Lebanon, Maronite bishop warns

Bishop Elias Zaidan of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles said that the prospect of... Read more

Pope Francis waves from the popemobile in Bari, Italy Feb. 23, 2020.

Pope Francis on Middle East: War should never be considered normal

War is madness, Pope Francis told bishops gathered in the Italian city of Bari in a speech that warned against... Read more

A view overlooking the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall.

U.S. Middle East plan could lead to 'more bloodshed', bishops warn

The proposed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan announced this week is “no solution,” Catholic bishops of the Holy Land said on Wednesday.  Read more

A Palestinian girl in Gaza City Jan. 9, 2020.

Gaza Exodus: Helping Christians caught in a crisis

With fewer than 1,000 Christians in a population of 1.8 million, the Christian population in Palestine’s Gaza Strip today is... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the diplomatic corps Jan. 8, 2018.

Pope Francis to diplomats: Polarization hurts the poor

In his annual address to diplomats Thursday, Pope Francis stressed that solidarity is needed in 2020 to overcome polarization for... Read more

US bishops and Knights of Columbus voice solidarity with Iraq, Lebanon

The U.S. bishops and the Knights of Columbus have professed their solidarity with the people of Iraq and Lebanon, telling... Read more

The city of Taiz in southern Yemen. Yemen / Taiz City. 2018-11-02

In UN address, Holy See voices support for ceasefire in Yemen

A nationwide ceasefire is essential to ease the suffering of the people of Yemen, which has been in a civil... Read more

Catholics from Syria and Iraq walk the Chartres pilgrimage June 10, 2019.

Pentecost pilgrimages in France, Middle East link Catholics in prayer

Catholics walked through Syria’s Wadi al-Nasara, or “Valley of the Christians,” this Pentecost, praying the rosary, alternating between the Arabic... Read more

Pope Francis leads an ecumenical prayer gathering in Bari July 7, 2018.

In Bari, Pope decries 'murderous' indifference to a weeping Middle East

Joined by heads of Christian Churches in the Middle East, Pope Francis Saturday condemned the “complicit silence” and indifference of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis decries 'spiral of violence' in Middle East

Expressing his sorrow for those who have lost their lives, Pope Francis Wednesday called for peace and dialogue in the... Read more

Martin Mosebach in Rome.

'Do you stand by what you believe?'- Mosebach on ISIS killings

Martin Mosebach is the author of “The 21: A Journey into the Land of the Coptic Martyrs.”  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

CNA file photo

Christianity can survive in Iraq but not without your help

“Iraq needs aid now, or it will be without Christians,” said Fr. Luis Montes, a missionary priest has been serving... Read more