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Ghana’s bishops appeal for peace after contentious election 

The Catholic bishops of Ghana have called for peace amid unrest following national elections earlier this month, which saw the... Read more

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu. Photo courtesy of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy.

By Courtney Mares

As abducted Catholic priest is freed, congregation prays for kidnappers’ conversion

After abducted Nigerian priest Fr. Valentine Ezeugu was released Wednesday, his religious congregation said it was praying for the conversion... Read more

Fr. Valentine Oluchukwu Ezeagu. Photo courtesy of the Congregation of the Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy.

By Courtney Mares

Catholic priest kidnapped in Nigeria while traveling to his father’s funeral

A priest of the Congregation of Sons of Mary Mother of Mercy was kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday while traveling to... Read more

Angola flag.

Bishops of Angola dedicate country to St. Joseph, pray for peace

During a time of civil unrest, and taking a cue from Pope Francis, the Catholic bishops of Angola have dedicated... Read more

Child standing in front of ruined building in Syria.

By Matt Hadro

Remember Syrians this Christmas

Do not forget the suffering Christians in Syria, a member of a pontifical aid foundation implored officials from the U.S.,... Read more

Hagia Sophia, which was inaugurated as a mosque July 24.

Watch groups: Christians in Turkey face suppression, exploitation

Christians in Turkey are being systematically suppressed or exploited for political gains, warns a new report from two human rights... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Dec. 4, 2020. Screenshot from livestream

By Courtney Mares

Patriarch Pizzaballa makes solemn entry into the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa made a solemn entry into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre Friday as the new Latin Patriarch... Read more

Damage inside the Church of All Nations in Jerusalem from a Dec. 4, 2020 arson attack. Photo courtesy of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Gethsemane church targeted in arson attack

The Catholic leaders of the Holy Land are demanding an investigation into an attempted arson attack at a basilica located... Read more

Fr. Matthew Dajo, who was kidnapped Nov. 22 in Nigeria's Abuja archdiocese. Public Domain.

By Courtney Mares

Catholic priest in Nigeria released after being held captive for 10 days

A priest who was kidnapped in Nigeria has been released after being held captive for 10 days.   Read more

Fr. Matthew Dajo, who was kidnapped Nov. 22 in Nigeria's Abuja archdiocese. Public Domain

By Courtney Mares

Catholic archbishop: Pray for priest kidnapped in Nigeria

A Nigerian archbishop has asked for prayers for the safe release of a priest kidnapped in Abuja earlier this week.  Read more

Archbishop Ivan Jurkovič.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Vatican diplomat: ‘Pursuit of Truth’ necessary for inter-religious dialogue

At an event in Saudi Arabia this week, a Vatican diplomat emphasized the importance of religious freedom and said that “authentic... Read more

First Communion at at St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Telskuf, Iraq. Courtesy of Fr. Karam Shamasha.

By Hannah Brockhaus

Iraqi Christians ‘living with hope’ as stability slowly returns to Nineveh Plains

Iraqi Christians are trying to face challenges with strength and hope as they continue to rebuild their lives after the... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa visits Stella Maris Monastery on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Photos: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

By Courtney Mares

Patriarch Pizzaballa entrusts new mission to prayer of contemplative orders

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa has entrusted his new mission as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem to the prayer of contemplative religious orders... Read more

Reconstruction of blast-damaged Beirut church brings hope

The reconstruction of a church in Beirut severely damaged by the massive explosion that rocked the city this summer is... Read more

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Situation 'desperate' in Mozambique following rise in extremist attacks

The United Nations human rights commissioner has called for international attention and aid in Mozambique in response to an escalating... Read more

Cardinal Christian Tumi, pictured after his liberation on Nov. 6, 2020.

By Courtney Mares

Video shows 90-year-old cardinal telling kidnappers: ‘I will preach what is the truth’

When 90-year-old Cardinal Christian Tumi was interrogated in captivity by armed separatists in Cameroon last week, he calmly told his... Read more

A farmer and militia fighter in northwest Ethiopia.

Ethiopia's bishops call for peace, as deadly regional conflict worsens

A conflict between the Ethiopian government and the government of Ethiopia’s Tigray region must halt immediately, or it will destroy... Read more

The flag of Mozambique.

By Courtney Mares

Catholic charity sends aid to Mozambique after reports of mass beheading

In response to reports that militants linked to the Islamic State had beheaded more than 50 people in northern Mozambique,... Read more

Cardinal Christian Tumi, pictured after his liberation on Nov. 6, 2020.

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal is freed after kidnapping by gunmen in Cameroon

Cardinal Christian Tumi, who was kidnapped by gunmen Thursday evening in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, has been freed.  Read more

The port of Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 5, 2020, one day after a massive explosion.

Second round of US aid to Lebanon in question after August blast

As Lebanon continues to deal with fallout from the massive August explosion that devastated parts of the capital, Beirut, advocates... Read more