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Sudanese Church of Christ after apparent razing and looting in Um Bartumbu, South Kordofan, Sudan, June 16, 2012.

Advocate for Christians attacked in Sudan

Boutros Badawi, a Christian activist and advisor to Sudan’s Minister of Religious Affairs, was attacked recently in the Sudanese capital. Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org| The flag of the People's Republic of China. Credit: Gang Liu/Shutterstock

Christian group supports prayer octave for China

A Christian coalition is supporting the prayer octave for the Church in China urged by Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of... Read more

Catholic Church of the Saviour in Xicheng District, Beijing, China.

US bishops promote prayer octave for China

The chair of the US bishops’ international justice and peace committee on Thursday called for participation in the prayer octave... Read more

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

A funeral Mass in Nigeria.

Africa seeing ‘dramatic increase in jihadist groups,’ says global religious freedom report

Aid to the Church in Need says groups have spread ‘within an alarmingly short timeframe’ Read more

The Croatian flag flying in Dubrovnik, southern Croatia.

Croatia offers scholarships to young persecuted Christians

The Croatian government is offering college scholarships to young Christians at risk of persecution Read more

A Marian statue is returned to St. Adday church in Karemlesh, Iraq, March 19, 2021. Photo ourtesy Fr. Thabet Habeb.

Marian statue, once desecrated by Islamic State, returns to Iraqi parish

A statue of the Virgin Mary that had been desecrated by the Islamic State but was later restored has been... Read more

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo preaching at Westminster Cathedral in London, England, May 12, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org| The flag of the People's Republic of China. Credit: Gang Liu/Shutterstock

Cardinal Bo urges prayer octave for China

Charles Maung Cardinal Bo of Yangon on Sunday called for the expansion of a day of prayer for the Church... Read more

Pope Francis incenses a once-desecrated statue of the Virgin Mary from Karemlesh during his Mass in Erbil, Iraq, March 7, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis blesses Marian statue desecrated by Islamic State

A statue of the Virgin Mary that had been desecrated by the Islamic State was present at Pope Francis’ Mass... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a young boy in the Syriac Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida, Iraq, on March 7, 2021. Photo credits: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis in the Nineveh Plains: ‘Terrorism and death never have the last word’

Pope Francis entrusted the rebuilding of Christian communities in the Nineveh Plains to the protection of the Virgin Mary at... Read more

Shahbaz Bhatti, who was assassinated March 2, 2011, speaks at a 2010 press conference in Islamabad.

'He refused to be silent.' What a slain Pakistani religious freedom advocate can teach the world

Ten years after his assassination, various world leaders have praised the life and death of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistan cabinet... Read more

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith outside his residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Jan. 13, 2015.

Catholic bishops urge Sri Lankan government to release report on 2019 Easter bombings

The Sri Lankan government must release its report on the Easter 2019 terrorist attack on Christian churches and hotels, say... Read more

The flag of Pakistan.

Two Christians accused of breaking Pakistan's blasphemy law

Two Christian evangelists could face the death penalty after being charged with violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law after an encounter in... Read more

Good Shepherd Seminary in Kaduna, Nigeria, whence four seminarians were abducted Jan. 8, 2020.

Nigerian bishop laments continuing insecurity since seminarian's killing a year ago

One year after the burial of Michael Nnadi, an 18-year-old Nigerian seminarian abducted and killed by gunmen, the local bishop... Read more

Icon of the 21 Martyrs of Libya. Image courtesy of Tony Rezk, via tonyrezk.blogspot.com

Pope Francis praises Coptic Orthodox martyrs as 'saints of all Christians'

Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them... 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

A portrait of Shahbaz Bhatti from the Pakistan National Assembly roster. Credit: www.na.gov.pk.

Catholics remember Shahbaz Bhatti 10 years after his assassination in Pakistan

The diocese of Rome will host a memorial Mass on Friday for Servant of God Shahbaz Bhatti, a Catholic politician in Pakistan... Read more

Man who filmed 'prank video' at Mass in Canada charged with hate crime

A 25-year-old man who late last year interrupted a Mass in Canada by exposing himself as part of a “prank... 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

The Catholic leaders of the Holy Land are demanding an investigation into an attempted arson attack at a basilica located... Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s... Read more