• After teacher beheaded, some in France turn to Fr. Jacques Hamel

    Religious leaders gathered at a memorial to slain French priest Fr. Jacques Hamel Sunday, following the beheading of a Paris school teacher in an Islamist terror attack. Catholic Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen was joined by representatives of Muslim, Jewish, and other Christian... Read more
  • Kidnapped Christians released in Nigeria

    Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a global campaigner for religious freedom, has called for continued prayers for Nigeria after the release of four students and their teacher who were kidnapped in August. The gunmen also killed one man and burned down a local church during the raid in the... Read more
  • Catholicism in Nigeria: The Church stays strong while facing terrorism, persecution

    In some ways, Nigeria is a fine example of why many believe the “future of the Church is in Africa.” The continent’s largest nation (now more than 200 million people), with its fast-growing populace and strong religious tendencies, routinely exports priests to countries in need of... Read more
  • Sri Lankan cardinal: It is ‘sad and unfortunate’ that Easter bombing suspects are released

    A year and a half after church and hotel bombings killed 259 people and injured another 500 in Sri Lanka, five of seven suspects arrested in connection with the attacks have been released by the country’s government. The government has said the suspects were released due to a lack of... Read more
  • Iraqi archbishop who saved ancient manuscripts nominated for EU prize

    An Iraqi archbishop who helped save hundreds of ancient manuscripts from being destroyed by Islamic State militants was among the nominees for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize. In a statement released Sept. 17, the European Parliament announced that Chaldean Archbishop Najib... Read more
  • More than 500 Ethiopians Christians have reportedly been murdered in door-to-door attacks since June

    A Christian aid organization, the Barnabas Fund, is reporting that since June more than 500 Ethiopian Christians have been murdered in door-to-door attacks in the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia. According to the group’s report, “extremists arrived in cars and, armed with guns,... Read more
  • Religious sisters missing after jihadist attack found safe and well

    Two religious sisters missing after jihadists attacked a port town in Mozambique have been found safe and well, a Catholic bishop said Sunday.  “It is with great joy that we inform you that the two sisters, Inés and Eliane, who work in the Mocímboa da Praia parish and have been... Read more
  • Iraqi prime minister tells Christians to come home, but is it safe?

     The Iraqi prime minister has encouraged Christians displaced by ISIS to come home—but are the conditions right for a safe return? Catholic leaders and aid agencies say without stability and economic support, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities could become “a museum... Read more
  • The Ignored Genocide of Christians in Nigeria

    The mass slaughter of Christians in Nigeria, which some international observers have classified as genocide, is reaching unprecedented levels. According to an August 4 report, at least 171 Christians were slaughtered by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in the space of roughly... Read more
  • Islamic militants kidnap hundreds in raid on Nigerian town

    Militants with the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) reportedly attacked the town of Kukawa in northeastern Nigeria on Tuesday, abducting hundreds of people. Jihadists in nearly two dozen trucks attacked soldiers who were guarding Kukawa on Tuesday, overrunning the town and taking... Read more