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Early morning in Kabul.

A doctor begged a religious sister for help. Last week, she and her family escaped Afghanistan.

Feb 17, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

When Sister Deirdre "Dede" Byrne picked up the phone in December 2021, a young man on the other end of... Read more

Refugee children in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Aug. 1, 2021.

'Coal for Christmas' aims at saving 5,000 Afghan families from freezing and starving

Dec 24, 2021

By CNA Staff

As the winter in Afghanistan is provoking the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, The Vulnerable People Project is getting... Read more

Afghan refugees in Kabul, Afghanistan, after the collapse of the country in August 2021.

1 million Afghan children could starve this winter. This humanitarian group desperately needs your help

Dec 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

A new initiative is asking Americans for donations this Christmas to help save Christians who risk death in Afghanistan during... Read more

Fr. Giovanni Scalese, head of the Mission Sui Iuris of Afghanistan, celebrates Palm Sunday Mass in 2019.

The leader of Afghanistan’s Catholic community longs to return to the country

Nov 29, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

‘I would not have left the country while even a single sheep was left of my little flock.’ Read more

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