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Nov 27, 2020 - 08:20 am .- A Nigerian archbishop has asked for prayers for the safe release of a priest kidnapped in Abuja earlier this week.
Nov 26, 2020 - 05:30 am .- At an event in Saudi Arabia this week, a Vatican diplomat emphasized the importance of religious freedom and said that “authentic encounter” among religions can take place only in the context of the “pursuit of Truth.”
Nov 24, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- Iraqi Christians are trying to face challenges with strength and hope as they continue to rebuild their lives after the Islamic State invaded in 2014, a Chaldean Catholic priest has said.
Nov 24, 2020 - 12:00 pm .- Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa has entrusted his new mission as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem to the prayer of contemplative religious orders in the Holy Land.
Nov 19, 2020 - 06:27 pm .- The reconstruction of a church in Beirut severely damaged by the massive explosion that rocked the city this summer is a sign of hope to the area’s inhabitants, said a local priest.
Nov 17, 2020 - 09:00 am .- The United Nations human rights commissioner has called for international attention and aid in Mozambique in response to an escalating series of attacks by Islamist militant groups. 
Nov 12, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- When 90-year-old Cardinal Christian Tumi was interrogated in captivity by armed separatists in Cameroon last week, he calmly told his captors that he has been called by God to preach only what is true.
Nov 11, 2020 - 05:32 pm .- A conflict between the Ethiopian government and the government of Ethiopia’s Tigray region must halt immediately, or it will destroy more lives and turn the country into a “failure,” Ethiopia’s Catholic bishops have said.
Nov 11, 2020 - 06:00 am .- In response to reports that militants linked to the Islamic State had beheaded more than 50 people in northern Mozambique, a Catholic charity is sending emergency aid to the affected diocese.
Nov 6, 2020 - 05:35 am .- Cardinal Christian Tumi, who was kidnapped by gunmen Thursday evening in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, has been freed.
Oct 26, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- As Lebanon continues to deal with fallout from the massive August explosion that devastated parts of the capital, Beirut, advocates for Lebanese Christians call for continued U.S. aid and collaboration with local NGOs, while one State Department official says that conversations about additional aid have stalled.
Oct 20, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- In a statement announcing directives to guide the expansion of public worship in Zimbabwe last week, the nation’s bishops encouraged the people of God to attend Mass.
Oct 16, 2020 - 11:01 pm .- Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the presidential election, scheduled for Oct. 31 amid persistent tensions.
Oct 9, 2020 - 03:00 am .- An Italian Catholic priest was freed Thursday two years after he was kidnapped by a jihadist group.
Oct 6, 2020 - 12:59 am .- On August 4, a fire in the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon spread to a warehouse containing some 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate.
Oct 5, 2020 - 10:00 pm .- The Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is providing aid to nearly 70 religious communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo facing extreme poverty due to the coronavirus crisis.
Sep 29, 2020 - 04:01 pm .- Gunmen kidnapped a Catholic priest in Nigeria’s Delta State on Saturday, the second kidnapping that same priest has experienced since 2018. The kidnappers released him Tuesday, though it is not yet clear whether the kidnappers were paid a ransom.
Sep 25, 2020 - 06:19 pm .- The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has been nominated for the Sakharov Prize for his work to preserve hundreds of historic manuscripts from destruction by the Islamic State in 2014.
Sep 24, 2020 - 12:10 pm .- Religious and political leaders warned that persecuted Christians were at risk of being forgotten, during a summit Wednesday, and highlighted the situations in Nigeria and Turkey. 
Sep 18, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- After nearly 10 years of war, the Syrian people have now been hit with a “poverty bomb” amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Vatican diplomat said this week.

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