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Christians in the Middle East

Everything concerning the life of Christians in the Middle East: saints, traditions, liturgy, persecution, and current affairs.

Zein, the baby who miraculously survived the war

Siham is a Syrian woman who had to give birth to her baby, by cesarean delivery, amid the war her country is going through. Aid to the Church in Need made it possible, both for mother and son, to be …

ISIS claims responsibility for murder of Catholic priest in Syria

Father Bidoyan and his father were killed during a visit to an Armenian Catholic church.

European court opposes deportation of Afghan convert to Christianity

The court said that the refugee's life would be in danger if he were to be sent back home from Switzerland.

Aid to the Church in Need begins repair of churches, church buildings in Christian homeland in Iraq

Some 45 percent of the population that had fled the onslaught of ISIS in 2014 has returned; shops have reopened, many houses have been repaired, and Church life has picked up thanks to this essential …

Deadly protests in their country leave Iraqi Christians between hope and fear

Some, mostly young Christians on the Nineveh Plains have expressed solidarity with the protestors in Baghdad.

Senior Chaldean priest reports waves of Christians fleeing northeastern Syria

In the wake of U.S. pullout, 300 Christians were forced to leave their towns; a greater exodus is possible.

Report: Christianity may disappear from Syria and Iraq—a call for international intervention  

Aid to the Church in Need has released a new study on the persecution of Christians.

United Arab Emirates to fund rebuilding of Catholic churches destroyed by ISIS

The two churches were destroyed by the Islamic State when it overran Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, in 2014.

Christians in Iraq still have many hurdles before they can get home

Kurdish and Iranian-backed militias and a resurgent ISIS are just a few of the impediments, witnesses say at USCIRF hearing.

New York Times features mass wedding of Maronite Christians in Lebanon

Catholic Patriarch Béchara Boutros Rai presides over union of 34 couples.

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