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Cardinal Pietro Parolin (middle) and apostolic nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen (left), are received in the Diocese of Rumbek by Bishop Christian Carlassare (right) on Aug. 17, 2023.

‘Fear is driven out by perfect love,’ Vatican secretary of state tells South Sudanese

Aug 21, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

“Jesus Christ dispelled every lingering doubt and distress,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on the last day of his four-day visit... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin addresses returnees and refugees at their camp in the Diocese of Malakal in South Sudan Aug. 15, 2023.

Vatican secretary of state pledges solidarity with refugees, returnees from Sudan

Aug 18, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

“We feel very sorry for … what happened to you in Sudan,” the cardinal said, adding: “We can do something... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin meets with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Aug. 14, 2023, in Juba, South Sudan.

Vatican official urges South Sudanese to remain committed to peace and reconciliation

Aug 16, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

“Embrace the spirit of peace and reconciliation in order to build a harmonious society in the country,” said Cardinal Pietro... Read more

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin receives Cardinal Pietro Parolin upon the cardinal’s arrival in Juba, South Sudan, Aug. 14, 2023.

Vatican secretary of state to meet refugees from Sudan in four-day visit to South Sudan

Aug 15, 2023

By Kerbino Kuel Deng

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin arrived in South Sudan on Monday, Aug. 14, to meet people fleeing violence... Read more

Israeli President Isaac Herzog visits the Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa on Aug. 9, 2023, following attacks by Jewish extremists against the site and other Christian places of worship in Israel.

Israeli president condemns violence against Christians

Aug 11, 2023

By Martin Barillas

Israeli President Isaac Herzog visited the Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa following attacks by Jewish extremists against the site. Read more

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Church prays for release of kidnapped priest and seminarian in Nigeria

Aug 9, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Father Paul Sanogo and seminarian Melkiori Dominick Mahinini were kidnapped early in the morning of Aug. 3 in Niger state. Read more

Niger's National Council for the Safeguard of the Homeland  Colonel-Major Amadou Abdramane (center), General Mohamed Toumba (center-left), and Colonel Ousmane Abarchi (right) are greeted upon their arrival at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey, Niger, on Aug. 6, 2023.

Nigerian bishops discourage military intervention in Niger after coup

Aug 8, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The Economic Community of West African States threatened military intervention if Niger’s military refused to restore democracy within one week. Read more

Duha Sabah Abdullah, the mother of David Abdullah, who was killed when ISIS shelled the Catholic city of Qaraqosh in Aug 6, 2014, meeting Pope Francis in March, 2021 in Iraq.

Remembering the night the ‘city of Christians’ fell to ISIS in Iraq

Aug 6, 2023

By ACI MENA, Georgena Hababba

Aug. 6 marks the ninth anniversary of the fall of Qaraqosh, a city that was almost entirely Catholic and where... Read more

Prayer gathering at Mar Elias Monastery (Stella Maris) in Haifa, Israel.

Israeli extremists attempt to storm Catholic church and monastery

Jul 31, 2023

By Elias Kattar

In an effort by the church to deter any future attacks, work began today to install an iron fence around... Read more

Image from the Shrine of St. Charbel.

The Lebanese saint who unites Christians and Muslims

Jul 24, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

St. Charbel Makhlouf is known in Lebanon for the miraculous healings of those who visit his tomb to seek his... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako

Iraq’s president revokes recognition of Catholic leader 

Jul 17, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Cardinal Louis Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, announced Saturday that he is withdrawing from his seat in Baghdad. Read more

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa.

Latin patriarch of Jerusalem condemns Israeli military action

Jul 5, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa condemned the military operation and bemoaned the damage to the Roman Catholic parish in Jenin. Read more

The campaign poster for Father Hyacinth Iormen Alia alluded to his well-known healing ministry.

Suspended priest takes charge of Nigeria’s strife-torn Benue State

Jul 2, 2023

By Douglas Burton

Hyacinth Iormen Alia ignored the admonitions of his bishop by successfully running for governor of Benue State. Read more

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez Argoti, a missionary who was abducted in Mali in February 2017 and held for nearly five years.

‘Spiritually transformative’: Nun recalls Mali captivity in new religious freedom report

Jun 28, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

The Colombian nun narrated her experience in the foreword of the 2023 edition of the Religious Freedom in the World... Read more

Members of the National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO).

Violence, emergence of new militia among Democratic Republic of Congo bishops’ concerns

Jun 27, 2023

By Magdalene Kahiu

“We are witnessing the persistence and worsening of insecurity, especially in the eastern part of our country,” the bishops stated... Read more

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Ugandan diocese observes five-day prayer for victims of secondary school attack

Jun 27, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

On June 16, suspected members of the Allied Democratic Forces reportedly attacked the school, killing some 41 people, including 38... Read more

Father Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo.

‘There is sometimes a terrifying silence’ regarding abortions in Africa, priest says

Jun 25, 2023

By ACI Africa

Father Apollinaire Cibaka Cikongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo expressed concern about the “general silence” on abortion in Africa. Read more

Father Marcellus Nwaohuocha was freed from captivity in the Archdiocese of Jos in Nigeria June 20, 2023.

Nigerian priest freed after torture, hospitalized with ‘deep wounds on his head’

Jun 21, 2023

By ACI Africa

Father Marcellus Nwaohuocha, OMI, who was kidnapped on June 17 from Nigeria’s Jos Archdiocese, has been freed.  Read more

Father Marcellus Nwaohuocha was abducted on June 17, 2023, from the Archdiocese of Jos in Nigeria.

Missionary priest abducted in Nigeria’s Jos Archdiocese; security guard killed

Jun 19, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Father Marcellus Nwaohuocha, a member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, was kidnapped June 17. Read more

Father Jeremiah Yakubu of the Diocese of Kafanchan in Nigeria was freed on Monday, June 12, 2023, after 24 hours in captivity.

Nigerian priest abducted on Corpus Christi Sunday regains freedom

Jun 14, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

Father Jeremiah Yakubu, who was kidnapped from his parish rectory in Karku, Nigeria, Sunday evening, has been released. Read more