Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo
Islamists Occupy Churches in Nigeria: ISIL and Boko Haram Hate Christians, Must be Confronted

Islamists Occupy Churches in Nigeria: ISIL and Boko Haram Hate Christians, Must be Confronted Watch

Middle East

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

While news reports give us the gruesome details of the Islamic State beheading one more American journalist in the land which was once a part of ...

Paul Bhatti, Brother of Martyr Shabhaz Bhatti, Urges Pope Francis to Visit Persecuted Christians in Pakistan

Paul Bhatti, Brother of Martyr Shabhaz Bhatti, Urges Pope Francis to Visit Persecuted Christians in Pakistan Watch

Middle East

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

The world should pause once again to consider the Christian heroism shown by Shabhaz Bhatti in 2011. At the time, Shahbaz Bhatti was the only ...

Pope Francis thanks Gaza's sole Catholic priest; tells him to 'have courage'

Pope Francis thanks Gaza's sole Catholic priest; tells him to 'have courage' Watch

Middle East

Father Jorge Hernandez, the Gaza Strip's sole Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those ...

Steven Sotloff beheading video, uncensored (WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Steven Sotloff beheading video, uncensored (WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Middle East

The Islamic State has executed another hostage, this time beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff. A video has been released of the incident, ...

Islamic puritans threaten dissent in Saudi kingdom, asking King Abdullah to DESTROY the tomb of MOHAMED!

Islamic puritans threaten dissent in Saudi kingdom, asking King Abdullah to DESTROY the tomb of MOHAMED! Watch

Middle East

A recommendation from Saudi clerics to Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is creating controversy in the powerful Middle-Eastern kingdom. The proposal, set ...

World 'cannot keep silent about the existence of the so-called ISIS,' patriarchs declare

World 'cannot keep silent about the existence of the so-called ISIS,' patriarchs declare Watch

Middle East

Meeting at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs convened for a special summit to ...

U.S., Europe next on Islamic State's list to attack, Saudi king warns

U.S., Europe next on Islamic State's list to attack, Saudi king warns Watch

Middle East

As the world grows more appalled by the day about the inhumanities conducted by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Saudi Arabia's King ...

Fleeing imminent death, three million Syrians now registered in other countries.  That's half the population of Syria.

Fleeing imminent death, three million Syrians now registered in other countries. That's half the population of Syria. Watch

Middle East

"The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the ...

Yazidi women held prisoners by IS sold as sex slaves, jihadist brides

Yazidi women held prisoners by IS sold as sex slaves, jihadist brides Watch

Middle East

In just the latest devaluation of humanity in the ongoing war in Iraq and Syria, hundreds of Yazidi women being held prisoner by Islamic State ...

Second American confirmed killed fighting for ISIS in Syria

Second American confirmed killed fighting for ISIS in Syria Watch

Middle East

A father-of-nine from Minneapolis has become the second confirmed American jihadi to die fighting for ISIS in Syria. Twenty-nine-year-old ...

Children forced by IS to watch shootings, beheadings

Children forced by IS to watch shootings, beheadings Watch

Middle East

Children in both Iraq and Syria are being forced to watch as IS beheads or shoots its victims at close range. According to a United Nations ...

Video shows rows of bodies as 250 Syrian soldiers DEATH MARCHED, forced to chant praises to their executioners before being killed (Warning: PHOTOS)

Video shows rows of bodies as 250 Syrian soldiers DEATH MARCHED, forced to chant praises to their executioners before being killed (Warning: PHOTOS)

Middle East

The Islamic State has committed another atrocity, this time murdering as many as 250 Syrian soldiers following a half-naked death-march across the ...

Islamic State invasion 'pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide'

Islamic State invasion 'pure and simple religious cleansing and attempted genocide' Watch

Middle East

Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan has returned from the Kurdish region of Iraq, and what he has seen has been harrowing indeed. ...

Gaza ceasefire holds: Israeli PM Netanyahu says war in Gaza ended in 'victory'

Gaza ceasefire holds: Israeli PM Netanyahu says war in Gaza ended in 'victory' Watch

Middle East

Saying that the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit hard and got none of its demands," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

Would you drink this? 3,000 year old wine found in Israel

Would you drink this? 3,000 year old wine found in Israel Watch

Middle East

A new excavation of a Bronze Age palace in Israel has revealed a massive wine cellar filled with a collection of over 40 large vessels that each ...

Islamic State threatens to execute U.S. woman if ransom demands not met

Islamic State threatens to execute U.S. woman if ransom demands not met Watch

Middle East

The Islamic State is threatening to execute a 26-year-old American woman if it does not receive $6.6 million in ransom. Remaining unidentified, ...

Casualty of War: Iraq's rich, culturally diverse society destroyed by IS

Casualty of War: Iraq's rich, culturally diverse society destroyed by IS Watch

Middle East

Islamic State forces have advanced further into Syria and overtaken cities in northern Iraq. Those who don't submit to their militant cause are ...

MADE in AMERICA: American man killed fighting alongside Islamic State rebels

MADE in AMERICA: American man killed fighting alongside Islamic State rebels Watch

Middle East

Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American, has been reported killed fighting alongside Islamist militants in Syria. McCain, the U.S. government ...

Evaluating the enemy: U.S. military officials declare ISIS 'incredible fighters'

Evaluating the enemy: U.S. military officials declare ISIS 'incredible fighters' Watch

Middle East

When doing battle, it is never wise to underestimate your enemy. As monstrous and inhumane as Islamic State is, military experts are conceding ...

Watch as Iron Dome intercepts a dozen Hamas rockets simultaneously (VIDEO)

Watch as Iron Dome intercepts a dozen Hamas rockets simultaneously (VIDEO) Watch

Middle East

A dramatic video shows what appears to be the interception of multiple rockets, allegedly fired by Hamas into Israel, intercepted en masse by the ...

ATROCITY ACCUSATIONS: U.N. accuses Islamic State of mass killings

ATROCITY ACCUSATIONS: U.N. accuses Islamic State of mass killings Watch

Middle East

The United Nations condemned the "appalling, widespread" crimes committed by Islamic State forces in Iraq. Officials say that the mass executions ...

U.S. officials admit that the Islamic State is a greater threat than previous terrorist groups

U.S. officials admit that the Islamic State is a greater threat than previous terrorist groups Watch

Middle East

According to a report done by ABC news, U.S. military officials have said that fighters from the Islamic State are "incredible fighters" who are ...

After three years of fighting, Syria may be ready for some help

After three years of fighting, Syria may be ready for some help Watch

Middle East

The Syrian government has stated that it is now ready to accept support from the United States and the United Nations to fight the Islamic State, ...

NOT INVULNERABLE: Islamic State's thriving bootleg oil operations may not be unsustainable

NOT INVULNERABLE: Islamic State's thriving bootleg oil operations may not be unsustainable Watch

Middle East

Declared by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday called the group "as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we've seen" and ...

Could this tiny object reveal a undiscovered ancient civilization?

Could this tiny object reveal a undiscovered ancient civilization? Watch

Middle East

A copper awl unearthed in the Middle East suggests that metals were exchanged across hundreds of miles in the region more than 6,000 years ago, ...

Syria's north is now under the control of the Islamic State

Syria's north is now under the control of the Islamic State Watch

Middle East

Officials in Syria are reporting the fighters from the Islamic State have taken control of the Tabqa airbase in Raqqa province, the last ...

Did this man just find the spot of the Islamic State's latest gruesome murder?

Did this man just find the spot of the Islamic State's latest gruesome murder? Watch

Middle East

A British expert on images of Syria believes he may have identified the exact location where James Foley, the kidnapped American journalist, was ...

ISIS terrorists back down before elderly Christians who mock them and refuse to convert!

ISIS terrorists back down before elderly Christians who mock them and refuse to convert! Watch

Middle East

Eleven sick and disabled, elderly Iraqi Christians said they preferred death to giving up their faith, defying militants from the Islamic State ...