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Bishop Hilary Nanman Dachelem of Bauchi, Nigeria.

Catholic charity to give $9.5 million in aid to Africa’s persecuted Christians

“In no other region have so many priests, religious and church workers been murdered in the last three years.” Read more

Children in the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo, Cameroon, which faces threats from Boko Haram.

Survey: Catholics in US more aware of Christian persecution, but blind spots linger

Catholics in the US are showing more awareness of the problems of Christian persecution worldwide, the pastoral charity Aid to... Read more

The Catholic University of Erbil in Ankawa, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need.

Catholic charity gives boost to Iraqi Christian students on eve of papal visit

A Catholic charity launched a $1.8 million project helping Christian students on the eve of the historic papal visit to... Read more

Irish High Cross at the Rock of Cashel in Co. Tipperary, Ireland. Credit: Marie-Lise Van Wassenhove via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

How a former heroin addict unearthed a book of Irish martyrs

Damien Richardson rediscovered his faith and overcame addiction. Then he unearthed an extraordinary book about Ireland’s Catholic history...  Read more

A crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, one of the sites of the Hearts Aflame pilgrimage for priests and religious.

We have a lot to learn this Lent from persecuted Christians, advocate says at Vatican

In approaching the penitential practices of Lent, Catholics can learn a lot from persecuted Christian communities, an advocate for Aid... Read more

Fr. Werenfried van Straaten, founder of Aid to the Church in Need. Credit: Redigolo via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Aid to the Church in Need confirms ‘credible’ accusation of ‘serious sexual assault’ against founder

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) confirmed on Wednesday the existence of a “credible” description of... Read more

Child standing in front of ruined building in Syria.

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

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

Aftermath of the Aug. 4, 2020 explosion in Beirut, Lebanon.

Aid to the Church in Need sending 250,000 euro in food aid to Lebanon

International Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced an emergency 250,000 euro food aid package for... Read more

Cardinal Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

Iraqi cardinal pleads for help for Christians on Nineveh Plain

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako has appealed for financial and spiritual aid for Christians in the Middle East, especially in Iraq.  Read more

Police officers patrol city streets in Philippines.

'Once the Church is persecuted, the faith becomes alive': a pastor's story

On May 4, 2002, Monsignor Romeo Saniel felt the gun against the back of his head and heard a loud click. It... Read more

Faithful in the Diocese of Miao pray for persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

South and East Asia now the hotbed of Christian persecution, report finds

While Christians in Iraq and Syria suffer in the aftermath of Islamic State genocide, a new “hot spot” of persecution... Read more

Fr. Jude Raj Fernando at the Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island, Oct. 24, 2019.

‘Our faith is stronger than their bombs’: A Sri Lankan priest in Rome

As the pastor of a parish in which many families lost a mother, father, or child in a bombing on... Read more

Aleppo, Syria, in 2009.

New campaign to bring food, medicine to Syrian Christians

The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need has launched a new fundraising campaign to aid Syrian Christians, whose... Read more

Coptic Christian boy lights a candle at a church in Cairo.

US Catholics' awareness of Christian persecution increasing

Nearly half of American Catholics say global persecution of Christians is “very severe,” a 16 percent increase from a year... Read more

Pope Francis lights a candle for Syria during the Angelus Dec. 2, 2018.

Pope Francis lights candle for children in Syria

Pope Francis Sunday lit a candle, a symbol of hope, to pray for the children affected by violence and war... Read more

Report: 'Aggressive nationalism' fueling threats to religious minorities

“Aggressive nationalism” is a principal driver of violence and intimidation targeting religious minorities in certain parts of the world, according... Read more

A protest in Lahore on November 2, 2018 following the Pakistan Supreme Court decision on Asia Bibi.

Catholic mother Asia Bibi moved from prison to Islamabad amid death threats

Pakistani Catholic Asia Bibi was released from prison and moved to Islamabad late Wednesday as her family seeks asylum due... Read more

Rebecca Bitrus.

Former Boko Haram captive shares harrowing tale of faith, forgiveness

Rebecca Bitrus, who was a prisoner with Boko Haram for two years, is a stark reminder that behind all the... Read more

Colosseum to be lit red for persecuted Christians

The Roman Colosseum will be illuminated by red lights later this month to draw attention to the persecution of Christians... Read more