EWTN launches Arabic-language news agency based in Erbil, Iraq

IRONDALE, Ala., March 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched a new Arabic-language news service headquartered in Erbil, Iraq. Chairman and CEO of EWTN Michael P. Warsaw announced the opening of the new branch on March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The Association for Catholic Middle East Information and North Africa or ACI-MENA will publish original news content in Arabic using a network of correspondents across the region. The news agency will operate from the Erbil campus catholic university (SIGNAL). A ceremony marking the occasion was held in Erbil, attended by His Excellency Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil.

Bashar Jameel Hanna, a Chaldean Catholic layman from Baghdad, will run EWTN’s new Arabic-language news service, ACI-MENA. The service will provide a new voice to help spread the Gospel and Church news to Christian communities in the Middle East and North Africa.

ACI MENA will be a local news agency written in Arabic for the Arabic-speaking world.

“I am pleased to announce that EWTN has launched a news reporting service from beleaguered and underserved Christian communities in the Middle East“, said Warsaw. “This is an important step in the growth of EWTN News around the world, and I am delighted that we are taking this important step to better serve our brave brothers and sisters in the region who have endured so much.”

“Because it is published in Arabic, this agency will also complement the service offered by ACI-Africa, our Nairobi, KenyaWarsaw-based Catholic news agency launched by EWTN in 2019 that publishes content in English, French and Portuguese,” Warsaw added. “ACI-MENA will provide a new voice to help spread the Gospel and Church news to these communities in their own language. »

ACI-MENA will be led by Mr. Bashar Jameel Hannaa Chaldean Catholic layman from Baghdad.

Hanna studied philosophy and theology for nine years at Babel College in Iraq and graduated with a civil engineering degree from the University of Nantes in France. Hanna is fluent in Arabic, French, English and Aramaic and has a significant understanding of classical Arabic.

“When war broke out for IraqI lost friends and relatives and became a political refugee in Europe“, said Hanna. “Ten years later, I received a call to work for the reconstruction in the plains of Nineveh, to rebuild the church of Mosul. Then, at the end of last year, I received a call for the position of editor-in-chief of ACI-MENA. And I heard the Lord say, “I have taken you from the ends of the earth; from its remotest corners I called you. I said, you are my servant; I chose you and did not reject you. (Isaiah 41:9)’ Becoming editor of ACI MENA, to bring the message of love to the Arab world still overwhelmed by conflict and persecution, can be a heavy cross… But he is risen!”

Alexander BermudezExecutive Director of the ACI Group of which ACI MENA is now a part said, “We are honored to expand our news coverage of the ancient and heroic communities of this region, providing them with local, Vatican and world news in Arabic. ACI MENA will not be just a translation of news into Arabic, but a local news agency written in Arabic for the Arabic-speaking world, which will also bring stories from local Christian communities to the rest of the world. This is a major step forward for the ACI Group as well as the extended EWTN News family.”

ACI-MENA is the latest addition to the ACI Group, which includes ACI Prensa, the world’s largest Spanish-language Catholic news organization headquartered in Lima, Peru; ACI Digital, Sao Paulo, Brazil-based press organization, which serves the Portuguese-speaking world; ACI Stampa, the Italian-language news agency based in Rome; and ACI Africa, which covers news from the African continent in English, French and Portuguese.

ACI Group is part of the larger EWTN News, Inc. division, which also includes Catholic News Agency (CNA), the German-language news service CNA Deutsch, and several other Catholic media outlets, including the National Catholic Register, EWTN News Nightly, EWTN News In Depth and several other television news programs.

In his 40th year, EWTN is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 global television channels are broadcast in multiple languages ​​24 hours a day, seven days a week to more than 390 million TV households in more than 150 countries and territories. EWTN platforms also include radio services transmitted via SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio and more than 500 national and international AM and FM radio stations; a global shortwave radio service; one of the largest Catholic websites in the United States; and EWTN News; as well as EWTN Publishing, his book publishing division.

EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched a new Arabic-language news service headquartered in Erbil, Iraq.  The Association for Catholic Information in the Middle East and North Africa or ACI-MENA will publish original information in Arabic using a network of correspondents throughout the region.  The news agency will operate from the campus of the Catholic University of Erbil (CUE).

EWTN Global Catholic Network has launched a new Arabic-language news service headquartered in Erbil, Iraq. The Association for Catholic Information in the Middle East and North Africa or ACI-MENA will publish original information in Arabic using a network of correspondents throughout the region. The news agency will operate from the campus of the Catholic University of Erbil (CUE).

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