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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

Children and teachers outside the free day center run by Catholic sisters of the association For the Children of Kabul in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Charity run by Catholic nuns asks for prayers for Afghanistan

Aug 17, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pray so that "the poor and tortured Afghan people will soon be able to have a future of peace." Read more

Early morning in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Catholic charity concerned for safety of Christians in Afghanistan

Aug 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

"The instability of the situation will lead to the suspension of all activities," Caritas Italiana said Sunday. Read more

Mass for U.S. military personnel at a forward operating base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Dec. 23, 2001.

US troop withdrawal poses new challenges to Afghanistan’s Christians

Aug 3, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Catholic community will not leave unless it is ‘obliged to.’ Read more

US bishops welcome emergency resettlement of Afghans

Aug 2, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Leading U.S. bishops on Friday welcomed Afghan nationals to the United States who had assisted the United States’ military, diplomatic,... Read more

Pope Francis waves during Regina Coeli address on May 2, 2021.

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

May 9, 2021

By Courtney Mares

"To love as Jesus means ... detaching ourselves from our own human certainties, from earthly comforts, in order to open... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass at Casa Santa Marta June 9, 2016.

Pope prays for victims of 'inhumane' Afghan terrorist attack

Jan 28, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Sunday, after leading the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for victims of two recent attacks in Afghanistan, holding a moment of... Read more

Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 3, 2014.

Pope responds to violence in Munich and Kabul with call for more prayer

Jul 24, 2016

By Ann Schneible

On Sunday, Pope Francis responded to recent acts of violence in Germany and Afghanistan, expressing his closeness to the families... Read more

A car damaged in Srinagar, India because of the Oct. 26, 2015 earthquake in northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt as widely as Pakistan and northern India

Pope Francis grieves loss of life in Afghanistan-Pakistan quake

Oct 27, 2015

By Elise Harris

After a massive earthquake rocked Pakistan and Afghanistan yesterday killing hundreds, Pope Francis on Tuesday voiced his sorrow and solidarity... Read more

Women praying Jamaah.

Tears for Farkhunda: Catholics join fury over savage killing of Afghan woman

Mar 25, 2015

By Adelaide Mena, Matt Hadro

After last week’s horrific mob killing of a young woman in Afghanistan, Catholics are calling for a re-dedication to religious... Read more

Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar (second from left) seen with his family after his release, February 2015.

Jesuit priest's cheerful disposition kept hope alive during Afghan captivity

Feb 27, 2015

By Elise Harris

A key player in working for the release of a Jesuit priest held by suspected Taliban militants in Afghanistan for... Read more

Fr. Alexis Prem Kumar, SJ. Photo courtesy of Jesuit Refugee Service.

Relief and gratitude after release of priest abducted in Afghanistan

Feb 23, 2015

Friends and colleagues have pledged their support for a Jesuit priest released after eight months of captivity in Afghanistan, where... Read more

U.S. Army Chaplain, Fr. Lukasz Willenberg, finishing the Afghanistan Boston Marathon. Photo courtesy of Fr. Willenberg/The Rhode Island Catholic

Rhode Island military chaplain introduces Boston Marathon to Afghanistan

May 3, 2014

A year ago, Father Lukasz Willenberg could never have imagined that this year, despite racing under a most unique set... Read more