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31 Dec 2013 – ISTANBUL (CNS) — In a Catholic church in Istanbul in late December, Father Lorenzo Piretto led about a hundred people in prayer.  Read more...
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26 Dec 2013 – CAIRO (CNS) — A 26 December attack in Cairo and other violence will not keep Egypt from going ahead with its planned referendum on a new constitution, said Coptic Catholic Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza, Egypt.  Read more...
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26 Dec 2013 – AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Some Syrian Christian refugees taking shelter in neighboring Jordan did not have a happy Christmas, fearful for their uncertain future as the violent conflict in their homeland grinds on past 33 months with no end in sight.  Read more...
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24 Dec 2013 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Latin-rite Patriarch Faoud Twal of Jerusalem told reporters he expected to host Pope Francis on a visit to the Holy Land in May.  Read more...
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24 Dec 2013 – BEIRUT (CNS) — More than 800 Syrian and Iraqi refugees were bused to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon for a Christmas Mass in an atmosphere of “great sadness.”  Read more...
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19 Dec 2013 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — The snowstorms and torrential rain that battered the Mideast in mid-December threatened to make this Christmas season an especially difficult one for Christians in Gaza.  Read more...
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16 Dec 2013 – ROME (CNS) — “Extremist political Islam is growing in the Middle East,” prompting Christians to flee and causing death and upheaval among Christians and moderate Muslims alike, said the head of the Chaldean Church.  Read more...
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16 Dec 2013 – OXFORD, England (CNS) — Bishops from Ukraine’s minority Latin-rite Catholic Church have called for prayers and fasting in an effort to end the current social unrest in the country.  Read more...


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