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Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini.

Jailed Iranian pastor reports 'threatening' abuse

Feb 22, 2013

Christian Pastor Saeed Abedini, a U.S. citizen sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison, has spoken out about his... Read more

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Report finds Chinese persecution of Christians rising

Feb 8, 2013

A new analysis by ChinaAid found that persecution of Christians by the Chinese government increased in 2012, and focused on... Read more

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Syrian bishop hopes new patriarch's experience will save lives

Feb 4, 2013

A Syrian bishop is happy with the election of Archbishop Louis R. Sako as Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church... Read more

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Vatican official hopes legal dialogue will help persecuted Christians

Jan 29, 2013

As the Church celebrates the 30th anniversary of canon law, legal experts at the Vatican are continuing their push for... Read more

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedin with his family.

Iran's eight-year sentence for Christian pastor draws outcry

Jan 28, 2013

Christian pastor Saeed Abedini's sentence of eight years in prison by an Iranian judge for allegedly threatening local security with... Read more

Imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini.

Imprisoned Christian pastor banned from trial

Jan 24, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

An American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith has been barred from attending his own trial and faces... Read more

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani in prison.

One Iranian pastor freed, another remains imprisoned

Jan 9, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Reports in Iran indicate that a Christian pastor who was arrested on Christmas Day has been released, while a second... Read more

Eritrean seminarians at study in Asmara.

Eritrea's forced military service drains Church manpower

Dec 4, 2012

The Eritrean government’s practice of forced military conscription means that seminarians and other church workers are being forced into the... Read more

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Car bombs terrorize Syrian Christians in Damascus

Nov 30, 2012

Two deadly car bombs that exploded in a Damascus suburb Nov. 28 killed at least 34 people and are “terrorizing”... Read more

Cardinal John Onaiyekan walks through Vatican City after being made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI Nov. 24.

Nigerian cardinal condemns bombing of Protestant church

Nov 26, 2012

The newest cardinal from Nigeria has condemned a deadly terrorist attack on a Protestant church at a local military base,... Read more

Bishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore, Pakistan.

Court dismisses blasphemy case against Christian teen

Nov 20, 2012

The Islamabad High Court has dismissed all charges leveled against a disabled Christian girl accused of violating Pakistan’s blasphemy law.  Read more

Msgr. Obiora F. Ike walks in front of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria.

Nigerian Catholics respond to attack with prayer and fasting

Nov 13, 2012

After his parish in southern Nigeria was desecrated on Nov. 4, Monsignor Obiora F. Ike called on his parishioners to... Read more

\Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria.

After Catholic church bombing, Nigerians call for security

Nov 1, 2012

Following the deadly suicide bombing on a Catholic Church in north Nigeria, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of... Read more

The entrance to María Auxiliadora School in Mérida, Spain.

Spanish youths attack Catholic school, threaten to burn priests alive

Oct 19, 2012

A group of young people shouting, “Where are the priests? We’re going to burn them at the stake,” attacked the... Read more

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Richard E. Pates.

US bishops offer condolences, support after Nigeria church bombing

Sep 28, 2012

Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops offered their support to the Church in Nigeria after a suicide car... Read more

Rep. Chris Smith speaks at an April 2012 press conference.

House passes bill to promote human rights in Vietnam

Sep 18, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

A bill to encourage freedom and respect for human rights, including religious liberty, in communist-run Vietnam was approved by the... Read more

Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima, Karaganda, Kazakhstan

New cathedral consecrated for post-Soviet Kazakhstan

Sep 10, 2012

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima was consecrated in the city of Karaganda in Kazakhstan on Sunday, marking the... Read more

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Pakistani teen released on bail in blasphemy case

Sep 10, 2012

A 14-year-old Christian girl with Down's syndrome who has been held on suspicion of burning pages of the Quran was... Read more

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in prison.

Iranian pastor freed after three years, acquitted of apostasy charges

Sep 10, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Amid continued pressure from the international community, Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has been released from an Iranian prison after nearly... Read more

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Girl with Down syndrome granted bail in blasphemy case

Sep 7, 2012

A judge granted bail on Friday, Sept. 7 to a 14-year-old Christian girl with Down syndrome who has been held... Read more