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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

Flag of mozambique in the world map.

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

The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe's bishops encourage return to Mass in new guidelines

In a statement announcing directives to guide the expansion of public worship in Zimbabwe last week, the nation’s bishops encouraged... Read more

Ivorian religious leaders attend an interreligious prayer event in Abidjan, Oct. 14, 2020.

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast appeal for dialogue ahead of presidential election

Religious leaders in Ivory Coast have appealed for dialogue and peace ahead of the presidential election, scheduled for Oct. 31... Read more

Fr. Pierluigi Maccalli pictured before he was kidnapped.

Catholic priest freed two years after kidnapping by jihadist group

An Italian Catholic priest was freed Thursday two years after he was kidnapped by a jihadist group.  Read more

Damage in downtown Beirut following an explosion at the city's port, Aug. 6, 2020.

Syriac Catholic Patriarch offers free tuition, rent assistance after Beirut blast

On August 4, a fire in the capital city of Beirut, Lebanon spread to a warehouse containing some 2,750 tons... Read more

Aid to the Church in Need providing aid to nuns in poverty during pandemic

The Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is providing aid to nearly 70 religious communities in the... Read more

By Jonah McKeown

Nigerian priest, kidnapped for a second time in two years, has been released

Gunmen kidnapped a Catholic priest in Nigeria’s Delta State on Saturday, the second kidnapping that same priest has experienced since... Read more

Then-Fr. Najeeb Michaeel at a "Global Dialogue" event in Buenos Aires, Oct. 3,  2016.

Iraqi archbishop who preserves historic manuscripts nominated for Sakharov Prize

The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul has been nominated for the Sakharov Prize for his work to preserve hundreds of historic... Read more

Catholic church, traditional african architecture in the city of Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

By Matt Hadro

Conference highlights 'forgotten' persecuted Christians

Religious and political leaders warned that persecuted Christians were at risk of being forgotten, during a summit Wednesday, and highlighted the... Read more

The Syrian flag.

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal says Syria has been hit with a ‘poverty bomb’

After nearly 10 years of war, the Syrian people have now been hit with a “poverty bomb” amid the coronavirus... Read more