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US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

Jul 2, 2013

In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear... Read more

Msgr. John Kozar.

Muslims 'people of good will,' head of Catholic aid group says

Jun 21, 2013

The head of a papal agency that gives assistance to Christians in the Near East says local Muslims are largely... Read more

Pope Francis holds an audience with students from Jesuit-run schools in Italy and Albania in Paul VI Hall June 7, 2013.

Pope urges union of faith and charity in Middle East

Jun 21, 2013

Considering the plight of Christians in Syria and across the Middle East, Pope Francis advised aid agencies for Christians in... Read more


US called on to support two-state solution in Palestine

Jan 29, 2013

A group of 30 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders signed a statement urging the Obama administration to work for... Read more

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled June 9, 2012 in the city of Homs, Syria.

Syrian conflict could worsen Christian exodus

Jan 4, 2013

Fighting in Syria continues to put pressure on the minority Christian population, leading to fears that more Syrians will join... Read more

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani in prison during his first incarceration.

Iranian pastor's Christmas arrest worries religious liberty advocates

Jan 2, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

A Christian pastor who spent nearly three years in an Iranian prison for his religious conversion was reportedly arrested again... Read more

Bishop Richard E. Pates, chairman of the bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, speaks at the June 2012 USCCB meeting.

US bishop calls for nuclear negotiations with Iran

Dec 20, 2012

The U.S. bishops’ leader on international peace issues said that dialogue is the path to a peaceful resolution of nuclear... Read more

A shell lays in the middle of the street in Homs, Syria, a remnant of the June 11, 2012 heavy attack leveled on the city.

Bishops' delegation says international support critical for Syrian refugees

Nov 2, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A delegation from the U.S. bishops’ conference that recently visited the Middle East believes that the Syrian refugee crisis is... Read more


Vatican condemns Beirut car bomb attack

Oct 19, 2012

The Vatican’s spokesman is condemning the car bomb attack in Beirut which killed a leading Lebanese security official and seven... Read more

Smoke billows skyward as homes and buildings are shelled June 9, 2012 in the city of Homs, Syria.

Pope sending Cardinal Dolan on peace mission to Syria

Oct 17, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will be part of a papal delegation to Syria that will voice “fraternal solidarity”... Read more


Catholic bishop supports girl shot by Taliban

Oct 11, 2012

A Catholic bishop in Pakistan has voiced “sympathy and solidarity” towards Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Muslim activist critically injured by... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan.

Catholics decry Muslim violence in Libya, Middle East

Sep 15, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Catholic leaders and scholars have denounced the violence that killed a U.S. ambassador and several other Americans in Libya, as... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during an in-flight press conference on his way to Lebanon.

Benedict XVI: fundamentalism a 'falsification' of religion

Sep 14, 2012

Pope Benedict described fundamentalism as “a falsification of religion,” which goes against its true purpose as “an invitation to share... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Vatican condemns killing of US Ambassador in Libya

Sep 13, 2012

The Vatican voiced its “firmest possible condemnation” of the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, which... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI speaks during his wednesday general audience in Paul VI Hall.

Pope Benedict urges Christians to be 'builders of peace' in Middle East

Sep 12, 2012

Only 48-hours before his Apostolic Visit to Lebanon begins, Pope Benedict XVI has called upon the Christians of the Middle... Read more

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in prison.

Iranian pastor freed after three years, acquitted of apostasy charges

Sep 10, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Amid continued pressure from the international community, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after nearly... Read more


Christians, Muslims to hold vigil as Lebanon papal visit approaches

Sep 10, 2012

Christians and Muslims will come together for a prayer vigil on Sept. 12 to invoke the protection of God and... Read more

Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria

Syrian bishop says civil war not the only option

Jun 21, 2012

One of Syria's most senior Catholic bishops believes his country can still regain the path to peace and reform despite... 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