What Future for Iraq? Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako

A speech delivered on September 9, 2014 by His Beatitude Patriarch Sako, Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, in Antwerp, during a conference organized by Sant’Egidio. For almost two millennia Christian communities have lived in Iraq, Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. These groups have contributed economically, politically, and intellectually, and have helped shape […]

Central African Republic: Hope for a country on the brink

  Christine du Coudray, head of the African section of the international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need”, speaks about the dramatic situation in the Central African Republic. The interview was conducted by Eva-Maria Kolmann   You have welcomed the United Nations Security Council resolution which opens the way for intervention in […]

Egypt – Two Years After the Arab Spring

Egypt is not only pyramids and sun soaked beaches; it is also a country where the economic and political interests of the world’s great powers intertwine.The Arab Spring popular uprising in Cairo’s Tahrir square in January of 2011, has resulted in the country stumbling toward an uncertain future, evermore polarised between Islamist and secular forces. […]

Egypt – “A Church is growing as its faith deepens”

By Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin The tension after the fall of the Muslim Brother Muhammad Mursi can be felt all over Egypt. Life in Cairo is carrying on, the cafés and teahouses of this huge megacity are full. But the people are more attentive than otherwise and more nervous. The taxi-drivers […]


“The army carried out the will of the people.” By Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by AB Griffin, ACN Canada   Montreal, Thursday July 11, 2013 – Father Rafik Greiche, head of the press office of the Egyptian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, emphasized that the military’s ousting of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was not a coup […]

Mali – A deceptive sense of calm

Montreal, May 21, 2013 – Presently, Christians living in the north and east of Mali are no longer. An approximate 500 Catholics have now left the region. Although French troops control important towns such as Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu – pastoral workers, men and women in religious orders, cannot return to their mission stations. Brother […]