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Pope Francis meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, on May 17, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with Iran’s foreign minister, speaks to Turkish president about Palestinians

May 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Iran's foreign minister said that he and the pope “exchanged views” on Palestine, interfaith dialogue, and U.S. sanctions on Iran. Read more

Archbishop Dominique Mathieu (center) after his consecration as archbishop of Tehran-Isfahan, Iran, in Rome’s Basilica of the Twelve Apostles. Credit: Vatican Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

‘Offer the light of the Gospel’: Tehran’s new Catholic archbishop is ordained

Feb 18, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A Franciscan friar was ordained archbishop of Tehran-Isfahan this week and commissioned to “offer the light of the Gospel” in... Read more

Tehran skyline, Iran.

Iran sentences Christian convert to 10 lashes for 'disturbing public order'

Apr 23, 2020

Iran has sentenced a 21 year-old Christian woman to prison and lashing for “disturbing public order,” after she protested the... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Archbishop Gomez urges prayers for peace amid Iran tensions

Jan 8, 2020

Archbishop Jose Gomez, president of the USCCB, has urged Catholics to pray for peace amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran.  Read more

A picture taken Jan. 8, 2020 in Bardarash in the Dohuk governorate shows shrapnel from a reportedly Iranian missile initially fired at Iraqi bases housing US troops.

Archbishop Warda: US-Iran tensions threaten Iraq's Christian communities

Jan 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

After Iran attacked an air base in Erbil early Wednesday, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil said the current tensions between... Read more

Pope Francis April 18, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for 176 victims of Iran plane crash

Jan 8, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the souls of the 176 passengers of a Ukrainian International Airlines flight, who... Read more

Iranians gather around the caskets of Qasem Soleimani and others during a funeral procession after the bodies arrived in Qom, Jan. 6, 2020.

Iranian nuncio appeals for negotiation, not revenge

Jan 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As tensions escalate between Iran and the United States following the killing of Qasem Soleimani, the pope’s diplomat in Tehran... Read more

Drone flying over mountains on sunset background. Via Shutterstock

Are targeted drone strikes allowed under 'just war theory'?

Jan 3, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian official on Friday has ignited discussion of the Catholic Church’s teaching... Read more

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at a press conference in Romania, Novemebr 2016.

New Iran sanctions continue discussion on 'proportionality'

Aug 2, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The Trump administration added another high-ranking Iranian official this week to its list of sanctions against Iran, inviting continued discussion about the... Read more

Pro-government demonstrators march in support of the regime after the weekly Friday Prayers on January 05, 2018 in Tehran, Iran.

Are economic sanctions on Iran just?

Jul 3, 2019

By Matt Hadro

As some observes warn that sanctions on Iran are beginning to restrict the availability of daily necessities, questions have arisen... Read more

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Drone strikes and proportionality: What is 'just war?'

Jun 21, 2019

By Ed Condon

President Trump said Thursday that he cancelled a military strike because it was not "proportional," a concept rooted in just... Read more

A Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk drone.

May cooler heads prevail regarding Iran, US bishops plead

Jun 20, 2019

The US must avoid war with Iran and instead pursue dialogue and engagement, the chair of the US bishops' committee... Read more

Flooding in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Pope Francis sends 100,000 euros for flood relief in Iran

Apr 12, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the wake of massive flooding in Iran, Pope Francis has sent 100,000 euros (about $113,000) for emergency aid.  Read more

Under pressure, UK to reconsider asylum application of Iranian Christian

Mar 25, 2019

The British Home Office has agreed to reconsider the asylum claim of an Iranian Christian, after it was shown on... Read more

December 29, 2017 protests in Kermanshah, Iran. Public Domain via Wikimedia.

Could Iranian protests bring religious freedom for Christians?

Jan 2, 2018

Ongoing protests in Iran could be a sign of hope for repressed religious minorities, if protesters demand that conscience rights... Read more

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

Pope prays for victims of massive earthquake on Iran-Iraq border

Nov 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

After an earthquake along the Iraq-Iran border left some 340 people dead and another 4,000 injured, Pope Francis voiced his... Read more

Families of Iran's prisoners beg Congress to advocate for their release

Jul 26, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Family members of American citizens imprisoned in Iran pleaded with members of Congress on Tuesday to advocate for their safe... Read more

Pope Francis at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly Tehran attacks

Jun 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

After twin terrorist attacks killed at least 17 people in Tehran, Iran, earlier this week, Pope Francis condemned the 'barbaric'... Read more

US leaders tell persecuted believers: 'You are not alone'

Apr 6, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Religious freedom advocates at the United States capitol on Thursday sent a message of solidarity to all those imprisoned or... Read more

A nuclear bomb explosion at the Nevada Test Site, April 18, 1953. Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration/Nevada Site Office.

Catholic and Shia Muslim leaders unite to condemn WMDs, terrorism

Aug 29, 2016

Shia Muslim religious leaders from Iran and U.S. Catholic bishops say they have a common fight against weapons of mass... Read more