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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

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Christianity can survive in Iraq but not without your help

Nov 2, 2017

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

'Unbelievable' – Persecuted Christian bishops denied UK visas

Dec 8, 2016

U.K. officials drew strong criticism for denying visas to Middle East bishops from regions that have suffered Islamic State group... Read more

Pope Francis lauds Middle East effort to save local art, culture

Dec 5, 2016

Pope Francis endorsed a recent conference dedicated to the conservation and restoration of art and heritage within the Middle East,... Read more

A Christian refugee family of eight living in a construction site in Erbil, Iraq. Courtesy of International Christian Concern.

What will ensure the survival of Middle East Christians?

Oct 31, 2016

Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help... Read more

Supreme Knight Dr. Carl A. Anderson address the 129th Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention during the States Dinner.

Carl Anderson: Christian forgiveness is the path to Middle East peace

Oct 14, 2016

Christianity is at a crossroads in the Middle East, and only a dedicated campaign of aid and activism can help... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica at the Vigil of Divine Mercy, April 2, 2016.

What the Holy See has to say about conflict in the Middle East

Jul 14, 2016

If peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, it will be a joint effort, requiring the cooperation of... Read more

Watch this video and 'wake up' from indifference to persecuted Christians

Jan 21, 2016

A video that shares the testimonies of people who have personally suffered the persecution of Christians in the Middle East... Read more

Refugee children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

A prayer from the Pope – may Christians not be forced out of the Middle East

Oct 27, 2015

The sufferings of the Chaldean Catholic Church were the focus of Pope Francis on Monday when he addressed a synod... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on August 14, 2014.

Pope prays for peace in the Holy Land amid escalating violence

Oct 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

Following multiple knife attacks in the Holy Land this weekend, Pope Francis has appealed for courage and strength in bringing... Read more

Pope Francis bowed in prayer in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope Francis leads synod in praying for peace in the Middle East

Oct 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

This morning, Pope Francis offered one of the synod’s daily moments of prayer for peace in the Middle East, and... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 3, 2014.

No one can play dumb on what's happening in the Middle East, Pope says

Sep 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

While the international community can't seem to find solutions to the current crisis ravaging the Middle East, thanks to the... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Sept. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Sep 3, 2015

Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

Knights of Columbus unveil new campaign to aid Middle East Christians

Jul 27, 2015

As Christians continue to face unprecedented persecution – especially in the Middle East – the Knights of Columbus have announced... Read more

Refugees who have fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa, in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

For Middle East Christians, UN indifference is deadly

Mar 5, 2015

Inaction on the part of the United Nations and international community toward the brutality of ISIS has drawn criticism from... Read more

Man in church.

A Middle East without Christians: advocates call for action before it's too late

Feb 25, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Middle Eastern Christian communities face extinction, and the results for the stability and peace of the region would be devastating,... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for all cardinals and bishops who died in the last year, Nov. 3, 2014.

Pope pleads with Middle East churches to address crisis together

Dec 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis addressed the increasing challenges caused by violence in the Middle East with members of the Syriac Catholic Church,... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

'Every five minutes, a Christian dies in the Middle East'

Dec 12, 2014

Fr. Gabriel Nadaf is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. He lives in Nazareth and faces death threats for... Read more

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley.

Award praises OKC archbishop's 'rallying cry' against black mass

Dec 5, 2014

Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Paul Coakley has received a Catholic leadership award for his prominent opposition to a satanic black mass... Read more