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Report: North Korea, Nigeria among the worst countries for Christian persecution

For the twentieth year in a row, North Korea tops the list of countries where Christians face oppression, according to... Read more

Nigerian security operatives during a military operation.

Knights of Columbus praise US listing of Nigeria as 'Country of Particular Concern'

The Knights of Columbus has praised the United States for listing Nigeria as among the worst countries for religious freedom,... 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

CCTV surveillance cameras in Tiananmen Square.

Pandemic conditions have increased Christian persecution

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated Christian persecution in some places, according to a new report from the group Aid to the... Read more

Cardinal Dolan: Stories of persecuted Christians should move hearts

American Christians must be better advocates for the world’s persecuted Christians, said speakers at a Thursday event featuring victims of... Read more

The flag of Mozambique.

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

Report: Catholic nuns in China forced out of convent amid government harassment 

Due to pressure from the Chinese government, eight Catholic nuns have reportedly been forced to leave their convent in the... Read more

Azoo Raja.

Pakistan Catholics protest after abduction, forced marriage of 13 year-old Catholic girl

Catholics in Pakistan are protesting a judge’s decision not to intervene after a 44-year-old man allegedly kidnapped a 13-year-old Catholic girl,... Read more

Turkish soldiers.

New calls for US sanctions on Turkey for Christian persecution

Christian human rights leaders have called on the Trump administration to issue sanctions on Turkey in response to its actions... Read more

Flag of Azerbaijan on military uniform.

Religion central to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Religion is a central factor in the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Christian advocates explained in a briefing on the conflict... Read more

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

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

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015.

Pope Francis asks Mary 'Mother of Hope' to intercede for Nigeria's persecuted Christians

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Hope,” for Nigeria’s persecuted Christians and... Read more

Church in Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

'Beyond reprehensible': Christian aid workers executed in Nigeria

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a statement on Tuesday condemning the execution of five aid workers... Read more

A woman stands in a burned out area after an extremist attack on the village of Aldeia da Paz, Mozambique, Aug. 24, 2019.

Churches burned, people beheaded in Mozambique’s escalating extremist violence

A Catholic bishop has deplored the world’s indifference to escalating extremist violence in northern Mozambique, where multiple churches have been... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 8, 2020.

Pope Francis to Catholics: Do not fear persecution, violence

Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged Christians to fear sin, not the hostility, violence, or persecution they may face when sharing... Read more

A priest signs the forehead of a child as catholics take part in the Ash Wednesday celebration at the St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri on February 26, 2020.

Nigerian priest: ‘I want the world to know of the suffering of our people’ 

“The underlying point of all these attacks is to drive away any Western ideology, Western form of living, and institute... Read more

Fr. David Echioda.

Nigerian priest abducted by gunmen after Sunday Mass

Another Catholic priest in Nigeria has been kidnapped by gunmen, according to local media reports.  Read more

Fr. Nicholas Oboh.

Nigerian priest abducted in new attack

Fr. Nicholas Oboh of the Diocese of Uromi has been abducted by gunmen in the state of Edo in the... Read more

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General António Guterres in the Vatican Apostolic Palace Dec. 20, 2019.

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General record video urging religious freedom, climate protection

Pope Francis and the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres recorded a video message together at the Vatican Friday in... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis urges dialogue in face of ongoing jihadist violence in Burkina Faso

Pope Francis urged interreligious dialogue in Burkina Faso Wednesday as ongoing violence by jihadist groups has killed more than 750... Read more