Middle East

ARABIAN SEA (May 16, 2019) Lt. Nicholas Miller, from Spring, Texas, and Lt. Sean Ryan, from Gautier, Miss., launch an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the "Pukin' Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 143 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jeff Sherman/Released)
Kevin Clarke May 20, 2019
This month the increasingly bellicose rhetoric and actions emerging from the Trump administration under the guidance of Mr. Bolton have meant a sudden surge of alarm in the region. Will it mean another war in the Middle East?
Sister Nazik Matty in her garden in Erbil. Photo by Kevin Clarke.
Kevin Clarke April 25, 2019
“We have a mission here; we have a mission with the Muslim people. Our Christian community believes in this mission, that we should be ready to stay, to take this responsibility,” no matter the risks.
Yazidi children from Iraq’s Sinjar region at a displaced person camp served by Jesuit Refugee Service near Shariya, Iraq. Like Nineveh’s Christians, the Yazidi people were targeted by ISIS in what U.N. investigators described as genocide in 2016. (All photos by Kevin Clarke)
Kevin Clarke April 19, 2019
Christians are slowly returning to help rebuild northern Iraq, but many remain fearful of an ISIS resurgence and feel abandoned by the national government.
Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, sign documents during an interreligious meeting at the Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 4, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
Victor Gaetan April 16, 2019
The best way to approach things is to find allies in the Islamic world who share a vision of tolerance and openness and who recognize the concept of the Abrahamic religions as having a common core of beliefs.
Pope Francis greets nuns as he meets with priests, religious men and women and the ecumenical Council of Churches at the cathedral in Rabat, Morocco, March 31, 2019. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell March 31, 2019
There are around 30,000 (including 23,000 Catholics) of them in this majority Muslim nation of 35 million people.
Iraqis and Syrians returning to their homelands and refugees living abroad need the help of all Catholics and people of goodwill, said the Congregation for Eastern Churches.