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These Iraqi children have lost everything – except their faith

Apr 7, 2016 - 03:30 pm .- Six hundred Christian children whose families fled ISIS violence in 2014 have lost their homes, schools, sometimes friends, sanitary living conditions and the stability of a normal life.

Cardinal Dolan visiting Iraq to show support for displaced Christians

Apr 6, 2016 - 09:36 am .- This week Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York and chair of Catholic Near East Welfare Association, will travel to Iraqi Kurdistan in order to offer support to families displaced by extremist violence.

There is no confirmation that Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was crucified on Good Friday

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:24 am .- Reports claiming that a kidnapped priest in Yemen was crucified over the weekend are likely false and irresponsible, the local bishop told CNA Monday.

Christian Easter celebrations targeted in Pakistan suicide bombing

Mar 27, 2016 - 02:15 pm .- A crowded park in Lahore, Pakistan where Christian families were celebrating Easter Sunday was the site of an apparent suicide bombing that left at least 65 dead and 300 wounded.

Gunmen kill Congolese priest who reported on atrocities

Mar 23, 2016 - 05:01 pm .- A Congolese Catholic priest who documented human rights abuses in his home country was killed by armed gunmen early Monday morning.

'Every person is precious' – Malawi’s bishops respond to pro-abortion push

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:06 am .- Malawi’s bishops on Sunday released a pastoral statement on the Year of Mercy, Catholic social teaching, and its relevance for their country, reaffirming respect for the sanctity of life amid a pro-abortion push.

In Egypt, Christians can suffer under strict laws – and a pattern of lawlessness

Mar 11, 2016 - 05:02 pm .- Four Coptic Christian teenagers face up to five years in prison after an Egyptian court found them guilty of insulting Islam, continuing a trend of blasphemy accusations in a country whose Christian minority lacks many basic social and legal protections.

For South Africa's bishops, the Year of Mercy is a time to heal racial division

Mar 11, 2016 - 12:04 am .- Repentance, spiritual healing, and hard conversations are necessary to respond to racism and racial divisions, the bishops of South Africa said on Monday.

Priest still missing after Yemen attack that killed 4 nuns

Mar 9, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Despite a lack of news and the prospect of difficult negotiations ahead, the Salesians remain hopeful that their priest kidnapped in Yemen last week will be freed.

UPDATED: Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen

Mar 4, 2016 - 04:09 pm .- At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday.

Is Boko Haram on the run in Nigeria?

Jan 27, 2016 - 12:01 am .- The bishops of southwest Nigeria have praised the country’s apparent progress towards countering the Boko Haram insurgency.

Satellite images confirm: Iraq's oldest monastery destroyed by Islamic State

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:02 am .- St. Elijah's Monastery in Mosul dated back to the sixth century, making it the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. Muslims and Christians alike have made pilgrimages to the Chaldean Catholic monastery, invoking both poets and historians to write about its religious impact within the Middle East.

Vocations bloom in the desert: two priests are ordained in United Arab Emirates

Jan 17, 2016 - 06:01 am .- Last week Catholics in Southern Arabia gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.

In Ghana, a broken bone can mean starvation. This doctor wants to change that.

Jan 15, 2016 - 03:04 am .- Dr. Joseph Marotta, an orthopedic surgeon from Albany, New York, had always intended to use his medical skills to help people in developing countries. But the final inspiration didn’t come until he was 50 years old.

Child labor, sexual abuse, death - the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Jan 14, 2016 - 04:16 pm .- The life of a refugee is rarely easy. But it is particularly difficult for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, most of whom cannot obtain legal status and are vulnerable to exploitation, says a new report by the group Human Rights Watch.

After second abduction, Franciscan priest freed in Syria

Jan 5, 2016 - 12:10 pm .- Franciscan priest Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who had been briefly kidnapped by unknown jihadist militants in Syria in July and was abducted a second time just before Christmas, and has again been set free by his captors.

Doing the Father’s will: how Orthodox rabbis see common ground with Christians

Dec 14, 2015 - 07:01 pm .- A new statement from Orthodox rabbis calls for “fraternal partnership” between Christians and Jews, reflecting on their commonalities and on recent efforts by Catholics to improve relations with Jews.

How can we live the Year of Mercy? Suggestions from Southern Africa’s bishops

Dec 12, 2015 - 06:03 am .- The Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time to reach out to others as “missionaries of God’s mercy,” the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference said on Tuesday.

Military action frees 900 captives of Boko Haram, Cameroon official says

Dec 4, 2015 - 06:48 am .- Cameroon’s government has said a multi-national military action has freed 900 hostages of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.

Seeking peace and mercy, Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Bangui

Nov 29, 2015 - 09:20 pm .- “Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s cathedral on Sunday--the first time a Pope has opened a Holy Door outside Rome.

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