Middle East

The churches have enjoyed an unofficial tax-exempt status for centuries.
Syrian refugee children play at Zaatari refugee camp Feb. 12 in Jordan. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)
As Syria's war soon enters its eighth year, the conflict is escalating in the country's north, between Turkey and the Kurds, and in the south, between Iran and Israel. 
Pope Francis talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a private meeting Feb. 5 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Alessandro Di Meo via Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell February 05, 2018
In the period in between their two meetings, the Turkish leader squashed a weak attempt at a coup and has imprisoned thousands of opponents.
Matthew Petti January 26, 2018
The language spoken by Jesus and kept alive by Syriac Christians finds an unlikely haven in Paramus, New Jersey.
Pope Francis called on the world community to do more to protect the Yezidi minority in Iraq and Syria.
A watchdog organization identified three global trends in persecution against Christians.