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Six dead after al-Qaeda ally attacks Christians in Kenya border town

Oct 6, 2016

A deadly attack on Christians in northeast Kenya was intended to drive them out of the region, a radio station... Read more

DC leaders discuss protection, justice for ISIS victims

Sep 23, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

With ISIS continuing to threaten vulnerable populations in Iraq and Syria, more action is needed to protect victims and offer... Read more

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah.

Christians in Nigeria are essentially 'target practice' – here's one bishop's response

Sep 16, 2016

By Adelaide Mena

For Bishop Matthew Kukah, persecution is not just the history of the Church. It’s a reality that he lives every... Read more

In Hungary, anti-Christian persecution prompts government action

Sep 12, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Hungarian government has established a new office on the persecution of Christians to address both persecutions of Christians in... Read more

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knights of the Knights of Columbus, speaks with CNA June 26, 2014.

The next US president must aid persecuted Christians – Knights' head

Sep 12, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Christians can’t be second-class citizens if they are to remain in the Middle East, and the next United States administration... Read more

How the response to 9/11 affected Christians in the Middle East

Sep 10, 2016

By Matt Hadro

On the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Center terror attacks, we shouldn't overlook how Middle Eastern Christians have suffered... Read more


What's it like to be a persecuted Christian? This exhibit shows you

Aug 19, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A teddy bear, a diploma, a menu – items owned, achieved and touched by Christians who were brutally killed in... Read more


The deadly danger of global blasphemy laws

Aug 10, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Among the biggest threats to religious freedom worldwide are blasphemy laws, the State Department said in its annual religious freedom... Read more

Roni Salim Momika is ordained a priest in Erbil's Aishty camp for the displaced Aug. 5, 2016. Courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

New Iraqi priests bring joy amid years of sadness, displacement

Aug 8, 2016

By Elise Harris

Fr. Roni Salim Momika, one of three priests ordained in an Erbil refugee camp Friday, said the event has turned... Read more

Want to help persecuted Christians? A few easy steps

Aug 4, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Middle East Christians need help to survive, and leaders in the relief effort have outlined what the average Catholic can... Read more

Why Middle East Christians feel betrayed by the West

Aug 3, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Religious freedom is for non-Muslims in the Middle East, too, a Syrian Catholic leader said in a strong warning about... Read more

World Youth Day in Brazil, July 28, 2013.

The powerful witness of Iraqi young people at World Youth Day

Jul 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

Among the swarms of pilgrims registered for World Youth Day in Poland next week is a large group of Iraqi... Read more

Refugee children in Erbil receive their First Communion May 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Deacon Roni Momica.

Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

May 28, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Indian Foreign Minister: Fr. Tom is safe, soon to be released

May 19, 2016

Fr. Tom Uznunnalil, the Indian Salesian priest kidnapped by extremists in March is alive and close to being released, according... Read more

Destroyed buildings in Homs, Syria.

The suffering of Syria's Christians taught him how to be a priest

May 17, 2016

Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he... Read more

Nigerian school girls.

She was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped. This is her dream.

May 12, 2016

By Matt Hadro

“I have a dream of a safe Nigeria.” This is the hope voiced by one of the Nigerian schoolgirls who... Read more

Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria.

Aleppo archbishop calls for solidarity with Christians in Syria

May 7, 2016

The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged,... Read more

A priest stands before the ruins of St. Mary's Syriac Orthodox parish in Homs.

How Christians in Syria keep the faith amid a civil war

May 5, 2016

By Matt Hadro

In a Christian neighborhood inside war-torn Syria, a young boy was waiting to be discharged from a hospital after undergoing... Read more

Deacon Momica leads a prayer gathering in Erbil shortly after the Islamic State attack on Telskuf, May 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of Deacon Momica.

Iraqi Christians grateful, yet uneasy following foiled Islamic State attack

May 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

After Islamic State militants broke through Kurdish army forces Tuesday, killing one American and three Kurdish fighters, local Christians voiced... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Yemen March 4.

Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

May 4, 2016

Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case... Read more