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Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto addresses a dinner of ADF International, "The Crisis of Religious Freedom in Nigeria," at the 2021 International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, D.C.

Outspoken Nigerian bishop says he is 'fine', amid reports he was called in for questioning by state police

Jan 11, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Following Nigerian media reports over the weekend that a Catholic bishop had been summoned for questioning by a state security... Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.

Nigerian bishop who criticized government over Christian persecution called in for questioning: report

Jan 8, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A prominent Nigerian bishop has reportedly been ordered in for questioning by a state security agency, after the prelate criticized... Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Nigerian priest shot dead on Christmas Eve

Dec 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fr. Luke Mewhenu Adeleke, a priest of the Diocese of Abeokuta, was shot dead Friday while returning home after celebrating... Read more

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Holy Land Christians need more protection, Christian leaders in Jerusalem warn

Dec 16, 2021

By Kate Olivera

Christian leaders in Jerusalem are seeking an “urgent dialogue” with local authorities to discuss further protections for Christians in the... Read more

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of the Diocese of Yola, pictured in 2015.

Nigerian bishop: Christian persecution is “more intense now than ever”

Dec 16, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Nigerian Catholic bishop has challenged the United States Secretary of State to justify his decision to remove Nigeria from... Read more

Charles, a 33-year-old father of a family who is a refugee at Pulka in Nigeria's Borno State.

Heroic Nigerian priest risks his life daily to help Christian refugees, aid agency says

Dec 15, 2021

By Agnes Aineah

Not every Catholic priest risks mortal danger every time he visits his people, but this Nigerian priest does. Read more

Majed, a Syrian refugee living in Zahlé, Lebanon.

Here’s what a young Syrian refugee is hoping for this Christmas

Dec 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

‘I have become a refugee, just like the Child Jesus,’ says Majed. Read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle presides at the consecration of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Arabia in Bahrain.

Cardinal Tagle consecrates new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain

Dec 10, 2021

By CNA Staff

The cathedral is the largest Catholic church in the Gulf region. Read more

At least 33 Catholics were killed Dec. 4 when a bus fell into a river in Kitui County, Kenya.

Catholics killed after bus plunges into river in Kenya

Dec 6, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bus passengers, including children, were on their way to a wedding. Read more

A Fulani herdsman in Cameroon.

'Fulani association' warns Christians in Nigerian state to close churches or risk attacks

Dec 2, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State have been cautioned against public worship in churches lest they be attacked, abducted, and their... Read more

The statue of Our Lady of Arabia will be a focal point of Bahrain’s new cathedral.

The story behind the new Our Lady of Arabia cathedral in Bahrain

Nov 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

A Vatican cardinal will consecrate the cathedral on Dec. 10. Read more

The flag of Nigeria on a military uniform.

Legal group joins outcry over removal of Nigeria from religious freedom watch list

Nov 23, 2021

By Kate Olivera

An international legal group has joined the outcry over the U.S. State Department’s decision to remove Nigeria from this year’s... Read more

Pope Francis greeted Father Jean Pierre Schumacher in Morocco March 31, 2019. His martyred community was beatified in December 2018.

The last surviving Trappist monk from Algeria massacre has died at 97

Nov 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The Tibhirine monks’ story was dramatized in the 2010 French film Of Gods and Men, which won the Grand Prix... Read more

Fr. Christian Carlassare, Bishop-Elect of Rumbek, recovering at a hospital in Nairobi April 27 after having been shot in his rectory in Rumbek the previous day. Credit: ACI Africa.

This bishop-elect was shot and his episcopal ordination postponed to 2022

Nov 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was shot in both legs on April 26. Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (front row, sixth from left) with Syrian Catholic Church leaders.

Pope Francis donates $170,000 to Catholic Church in Syria

Oct 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

The country’s civil war has claimed more than 350,000 lives since 2011. Read more

Sudanese carry a man injured during clashes as part of protests against a military coup that overthrew the transition to civilian rule, on Oct. 25, 2021 in the capital Khartoum. - Sudan's top general declared a state of emergency Monday as soldiers rounded up civilian leaders, with three people killed as soldiers put down furious protests decrying a coup.

Bishop urges international community to promote value of human life after Sudan coup

Oct 27, 2021

By ACI Africa

The international community must put pressure on Sudan’s military to show respect and value for human life, a Catholic bishop... Read more

Cardinal Eugene Tisserant, who was dean of the College of Cardinals from 1951 to 1972, and has been named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem: Vatican librarian Cardinal Tisserant made heroic efforts to save Jews

Oct 23, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal Eugene Tisserant was a librarian who knew more than 10 languages, advised multiple popes, and held key Vatican positions. Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa.

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa launches synodal process in Holy Land

Oct 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The process will open simultaneously in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Cyprus. Read more

Enondiale Tchuengia Carolaise, who was shot to death at a checkpoint in Buea, Cameroon, Oct. 14, 2021.

Bishop in Cameroon shocked by shooting death of young girl, lynching of policeman

Oct 20, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

The Bishop of Buea has condemned both the Thursday shooting death of a young girl at a police checkpoint in... Read more

The three seminarians (C) who were released Oct. 13, 2021 by their captors, between Fr. Emmanuel Faweh Kazah, rector of the St Albert Institute, and Fr Jonah Yabanad Stephen, rector of Christ the King Major Seminary.

Abducted Nigerian seminarians released

Oct 13, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

The three seminarians who were abducted Monday night from their seminary in Nigeria's Kaduna state have been released, the chancellor... Read more