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St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox monastery on the Jordan River in the West Bank. Credit: Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida (CC BY 2.0)

Franciscan friars return to site of Christ's baptism after 50 years

Jan 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able... Read more

The camp for internally displaced persons at St Peter Claver Cathedral in Bangassou, CAR, Oct. 21, 2017.

Central African Republic rebels seize Bangassou, bishop reports

Jan 5, 2021

The Central African Republic city of Bangassou has been captured by rebels aligned with an ex-president, Bishop Juan José Aguirre... Read more

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, head of the Maronite Church. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Lebanese cardinal urges leaders to help country avoid ‘total collapse’

Jan 5, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Lebanon’s Maronite patriarch has said that the country could be facing “the risk of total collapse” amid a deepening economic and... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, pictured before his appointment as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Credit: Cristian Gennari/OESSH.

Patriarch Pizzaballa: Clericalism is 'very evident' in Holy Land

Jan 4, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem has said that clericalism is “very evident” in the Holy Land. Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, auxiliary bishop of Nigeria's Archdiocese of Owerri. Public Domain.

Catholic bishop released five days after kidnapping in Nigeria

Jan 1, 2021

A Catholic bishop in Nigeria, who was kidnapped on Sunday, has been released unharmed, according to the Archdiocese of Owerri.  Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, auxiliary bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri. Public Domain.

Catholic archbishop urges renewed prayers for kidnapped bishop amid ‘misleading’ reports

Dec 30, 2020

A Catholic archbishop called Tuesday for renewed prayers for a kidnapped bishop following “misleading” reports about the bishop’s fate.  Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Archdiocese of Owerri kidnapped by unknown gunmen Sunday, December 27. Credit: Public Domain

Nigerian bishop kidnapped, Catholics pray for his safety

Dec 29, 2020

The bishops of Nigeria have urged prayer for the safety and release of a Nigerian Catholic bishop who was abducted... Read more

Pope Francis holds the flag of Lebanon and prays during his general audience on Sept. 2, 2020. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Francis pens Christmas letter to 'beloved people of Lebanon'

Dec 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the people of Lebanon encouraging them to trust in God during times... Read more


Nigerian Christians facing 'calculated genocide,' Catholic bishop tells Congress

Dec 18, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The world must not ignore the “genocide” of Christians in Nigeria, the Catholic Bishop of Gboko told members of Congress... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda, pictured on Feb. 11, 2015. Credit: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk.

Catholic archbishop: papal visit could ‘change trajectory’ of Christian presence in Iraq

Dec 18, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda has said that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the country could be a turning point for... Read more

Ghana’s bishops appeal for peace after contentious election 

Dec 18, 2020

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.

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

Dec 17, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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.

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

Dec 16, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 14, 2020

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.

Remember Syrians this Christmas

Dec 9, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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

Dec 8, 2020

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

Patriarch Pizzaballa makes solemn entry into the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Dec 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 4, 2020

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.

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

Dec 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Catholic archbishop: Pray for priest kidnapped in Nigeria

Nov 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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