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A baptismal font in St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria.

Adults from Afghanistan, Iran, prepare to be baptized as Catholics in Vienna

Oct 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

Some have had ‘very deep religious experiences.’ Read more

Afghan refugees are being processed inside Hangar 5 at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, Sept. 8, 2021.

USCCB, Catholic Charities ramp up efforts to welcome Afghan refugees

Sep 23, 2021

By Autumn Jones

Over the next several months, the USCCB and Catholic Charities locations across the U.S. will welcome upwards of 7,500 refugees... Read more

Pope Francis meets with a group of Afghan refugees at the Vatican on Sept. 22, 2021.

Pope Francis meets Afghan Christian whose parents were killed by the Taliban

Sep 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“It was beautiful,” one Afghan refugee told CNA after meeting the pope. Read more

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Nov. 25, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.

Afghanistan’s Christians ‘completely ignored’ in European Parliament resolution

Sep 17, 2021

By CNA Staff

ADF International estimates that 10,000 Christians face danger in Afghanistan. Read more

Taliban fighters gather along a street during a rally in Kabul on August 31, 2021 as they celebrate after the U.S. pulled all its troops out of the country to end a brutal 20-year war.

PODCAST: An Afghan Christian’s plea: “You are my last hope”

Sep 14, 2021

By Kate Olivera, Jonah McKeown

A young Christian, desperate to flee Afghanistan, exchanges frantic messages with two CNA employees, pleading for help as the Taliban... Read more

Pope Francis greets people after a documentary screening at the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Sept. 6, 2021.

Pope Francis greets Afghan refugees after Vatican documentary screening

Sep 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

He offered those who escaped the chaos in Kabul words of ‘affection and comfort.’ Read more

March 26, 2021: The restored image of the Virgin Mary destroyed by ISIS returned to its original parish in Iraq.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee urges Biden to protect Iraqi Christians

Sep 1, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

After the last U.S. forces left Afghanistan this week, an interfaith coalition implored President Joe Biden to keep American troops... Read more

Pope Francis is interviewed by Carlos Herrera, a journalist at the Spanish radio station COPE.

Pope Francis says that he hopes Cardinal Becciu is innocent of charges in Vatican finance trial

Sep 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He made the comment in his first interview since undergoing colon surgery. Read more

Aircraft at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan

Aid group ‘devastated’ as dozens of ‘endangered’ employees stuck in Afghanistan

Aug 31, 2021

By Matt Hadro

As U.S. forces completed their withdrawal from Afghanistan on Monday, the head of a global charity was “devastated” as "endangered"... Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference.

Catholics in Poland to hold ‘day of solidarity’ with people of Afghanistan

Aug 30, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki appealed for ‘prayer and material assistance’ for suffering Afghans. Read more

An Afghan mother and her children rest in a tent at a makeshift IDP camp in Share-e-Naw park in Kabul.

5 things you need to know about Christians in Afghanistan now

Aug 29, 2021

By Alejandro Bermudez

As the situation in Afghanistan rapidly deteriorates and the U.S. withdrawal date of Tuesday, Aug. 31 approaches, these are five... Read more

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer.

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray and fast for Afghanistan

Aug 29, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

“In historical moments like this we cannot remain indifferent, the history of the Church teaches us this,” Pope Francis said. Read more

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, before the Monstrance in Eucharistic Adoration in 2021.

Archbishop pleads for charity workers, high school students trapped in Afghanistan

Aug 27, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A group of California high school students and their families are among those Americans currently trapped in Afghanistan, and the... Read more

Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Dec. 20, 2018.

Pope Francis meets Nadia Murad as Nobel Prize winner advocates for Afghan women

Aug 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The survivor of ISIS enslavement has expressed concern for the future of Afghan women. Read more

A Missionary of Charity in Rome, Sept. 16, 2017.

Missionaries of Charity and 14 disabled children from Kabul arrive at Rome airport

Aug 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The children were residents of an orphanage founded by the sisters in 2006. Read more

Christian Afghan refugees leaving Kabul

Desperate Afghan Christians turned away at airport, aid groups say

Looming over the deepening humanitarian crisis is a deadline of Friday for civilian evacuation operations at the Kabul airport to... Read more

Refugee children in Kabul, Afghanistan

Christian legal group decries conditions for Afghan religious minorities, urges aid

Aug 25, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A Christian legal group on Tuesday warned of deteriorating conditions for Afghanistan’s religious minorities, and pushed for an immediate international... Read more

Early morning in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Vatican urges countries to accept refugees from Afghanistan

Aug 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

A Vatican diplomat challenged nations to “move from declaration to action.” Read more

Refugee children from Afghanistan.

Afghan refugees deserve welcome, Australian and Irish bishops urge governments

Aug 24, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishops in Ireland and Australia have asked their governments to do more to take in refugees from Afghanistan after the... Read more

Refugees during the Hungnam evacuation, c. December 1950

He once rescued 14,000 refugees – now could he intercede in Afghanistan’s crisis?

Aug 24, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

As thousands try to escape a crisis in Afghanistan, Catholics could ask the intercession of a man who orchestrated the... Read more