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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the UN General Assembly, Sept. 28, 2015.

Christian leaders in Nigeria allege Islamization attempt after recent judicial appointments

Christian leaders in Nigeria claimed Sunday that Muhammadu Buhari's government is keen on Islamizing the West African nation, following the... Read more

By Jude Atemanke

Catholic bishops in DR Congo worried by killings, forced conversions in east

Renewed violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has resulted in the killing of civilians... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021.

At Easter Sunday Mass, Patriarch Pizzaballa tells Holy Land Christians ‘nothing is impossible’

On Easter Sunday, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians in the Holy Land to take courage and believe that... Read more

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala during the Way of the Cross at Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala, Uganda, April 2, 2021. Courtesy photo

Kampala archbishop dies at age 68

Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala was found dead in his room Saturday morning. He was 68, and had preached... Read more

Screenshot from a video of Cardinal Christian Tumi taken while he was held captive overnight in Nov. 2020.

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal who worked for peace in Cameroon has died

Cardinal Christian Wiyghan Tumi, Cameroon’s first cardinal and a dedicated advocate for peace in the country’s Anglophone crisis, has died... Read more

Women in Pemba await the possible arrival of a boat carrying their relatives evacuated from the town of Palma following a March 24 attack.

Catholic group: Mozambique massacre should prompt attention, response

While recent violence in Mozambique has drawn headlines internationally, the country has been dealing with violence for years, which has... Read more

A Marian statue is returned to St. Adday church in Karemlesh, Iraq, March 19, 2021. Photo ourtesy Fr. Thabet Habeb.

Marian statue, once desecrated by Islamic State, returns to Iraqi parish

A statue of the Virgin Mary that had been desecrated by the Islamic State but was later restored has been... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Catholics asked to support the Holy Land on Good Friday

The Franciscan friars taking care of the Holy Land sites have asked Catholics for prayers and financial support as they... Read more

Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, who was kidnapped Monday, March 15, 2021, in Nigeria’s Warri diocese.

Catholic priest in Nigeria recovering after week-long kidnapping ordeal

A Catholic priest in Nigeria is recovering after a week-long kidnapping ordeal. Read more

Malawi.

Malawi legislature blocks debate of bill to expand grounds for abortion

Malawi’s National Assembly earlier this month declined to debate a bill that would expand the grounds for procuring an abortion.  Read more

Fr. Harrison Egwuenu, who was kidnapped Monday, March 15, 2021, in Nigeria’s Warri diocese.

Catholic diocese in Nigeria urges prayers for ‘speedy release’ of kidnapped priest

A Catholic diocese in Nigeria has appealed for prayers for the “speedy release” of a priest abducted on Monday. Read more

Qumran caves near the Dead Sea. Credit: Tamarah via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 2.5)

By Jonah McKeown

Discovery of biblical scrolls shows importance of Greek Old Testament, scholar says

Israeli archaeologists announced this week the discovery of several new sets of Dead Sea Scrolls— ancient fragments of biblical text... Read more

On 10th anniversary of Syria’s war, Catholic charity urges US and EU to help aid reach poor

On the 10th anniversary of Syria’s war, a Catholic charity has urged the U.S. and E.U. to remove obstacles to... Read more

Syrian refugee.

By Courtney Grogan

Catholic campaign to aid Syrian children who ‘have known nothing but war’

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of the start of the Syrian war, the Catholic charity Caritas has launched a campaign... Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, poses inside St. Peter’s Square, Oct. 10, 2019.

Vatican cardinal to Catholics: This year’s Good Friday collection vital for Holy Land Christians

Christians will struggle to remain in the Holy Land without financial help from Catholics worldwide on Good Friday, a Vatican... Read more

St. Anthony of Padua Church in Istanbul.

By CNA Staff

Scammer arrested after attempt to sell Turkish basilica

Turkish authorities have arrested a scam artist who reportedly attempted to claim ownership of and sell a famous Catholic basilica... Read more

Fr. Christian Carlassare, MCCI, who was appointed Bishop of Rumbek March 8, 2021. Photo courtesy Fr. Carlassare.

Bishop appointed for S Sudan's Rumbek diocese after nearly 10 years' vacancy

Father Christian Carlassare, who was appointed Bishop of Rumbek on Monday, nearly 10 years since the death of the diocese’s... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference en route from Rome to Iraq March 8, 2021. Caption: Colm Flynn/CNA.

Full text: Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Iraq

Please read below for CNA’s full transcript of Pope Francis’ in-flight press conference from Baghdad, Iraq to Rome, Italy on... Read more

Pope Francis incenses a once-desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary from Karemlesh during his Mass in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis blesses Marian statue desecrated by Islamic State

A statue of the Virgin Mary that had been desecrated by the Islamic State was present at Pope Francis’ Mass... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during an in-flight press conference en route from Rome to Iraq March 8, 2021. Caption: Colm Flynn/CNA.

Pope Francis confirms plans to go to Hungary for International Eucharistic Congress

Pope Francis on Monday confirmed that he planned to visit Hungary for the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress,... Read more