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Militants.

ISIS ally in Philippines storms Catholic cathedral, takes hostages

May 24, 2017

Islamic State-allied militants in the Philippines have taken a Catholic priest and a group of church-goers hostage, threatening to kill... Read more

Eucharist.

Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest

May 22, 2017

Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament... Read more

Syrian Catholic Archbishop Youhanna Boutros Moshe of Mosul blesses a newly-erected cross in Bakhdida, Iraq, May 2, 2017. Photo courtesy SOS Chretiens Orient.

Blessing of cross begins rebuilding of Iraqi towns destroyed by Islamic State

May 9, 2017

With the blessing of the cross raised up in the city of Bakhdida May 2, the reconstruction of the towns... Read more

St. Catherine's Monastery.

Fears rise in Egypt after ISIS attack near ancient monastery

Apr 19, 2017

Gunmen attacked a police checkpoint near an historic Orthodox Christian monastery in Egypt, killing one and wounding four.  Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square at the general audience on Oct. 19, 2016.

ISIS captive among new refugees welcomed by Pope Francis

Apr 3, 2017

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has taken in three new Syrian families, some members of which were ISIS prisoners before gaining freedom and... Read more

Priest visits church destroyed by ISIS: This is from the devil

Mar 30, 2017

The desolation of a burned Iraqi church left Argentine-born missionary Father Luis Montes with the firm conviction that Satan is... Read more

Farman, a Syrian Refugee.

A year after genocide declaration, Knights donate nearly $2 million

Mar 17, 2017

Last year, in a nearly unprecedented event, the United States declared that Christians, Yezidis, Shi’a Muslims, and other religious and... Read more

Syrian refugee girl.

What will the US do next for ISIS genocide survivors?

Mar 16, 2017

By Matt Hadro

One year after the U.S. declared that ISIS was committing genocide in Iraq and Syria, advocates for religious and ethnic... Read more

Syrian priest: After liberation of Aleppo, living conditions still dire

Feb 24, 2017

Nearly three months after the Syrian Army liberated the city of Aleppo from ISIS control, the local population is facing... Read more

The Sufi Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan, Pakistan, where an Islamic State terrorist killed more than 80 devotees in a Feb. 16, 2017 attack.

Pakistan mourns victims of terrorist attacks

Feb 17, 2017

Pakistanis are mourning those killed and wounded in a series of terrorist attacks which have taken place this week in... Read more

Soldiers survey damaged inflicted by Islamic State forces on Al Tamera Syriac Catholic church in the city of Bakhdida, Iraq, near Mosul. Photo courtesy of Fr. Roni Momika.

Iraqis' experiences recall 'what it means to live as a Christian'

Feb 1, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

An Iraqi priest who was forced to flee his village when the Islamic State seized the area in 2014 said... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Town square in France named after priest murdered by ISIS

Jan 26, 2017

Fr. Jacques Hamel – the French priest who was brutally killed by ISIS terrorists last year – has been honored... Read more

A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq.

One Congressman's plea to the US: Don't abandon Iraq's Christians

Jan 6, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Christian survivors of the ISIS genocide have serious humanitarian needs, but their faith remains strong, one congressman said after his... Read more

St. Mark's Coptic Cathedral, Cairo.

Egyptian cathedral restored after December bombing

Jan 5, 2017

The Egyptian army corps of engineers has completed the restoration of Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, where a terrorist... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Salesians in India hold prayer vigil for release of Fr. Tom

Jan 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Salesians in the Bangalore province of India held a prayer vigil Jan. 4 for the release of Salesian priest Fr.... Read more

Destroyed church.

What Christians are finding as they return to the Nineveh Plain

Jan 3, 2017

By Matt Hadro

As villages on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain are liberated from Islamic State forces, the Christians who lived there have returned, only... Read more

Christina Shabo holds a rosary and a scarf of the Iraqi flag.

'Have mercy on ISIS': The shocking prayer of a young Iraqi

Dec 16, 2016

By Elise Harris

Christina Shabo was born under a tree in a refugee camp after her family fled bombing in their Iraqi hometown... Read more

ISIS may be gone, but Mosul still faces a long winter ahead

Dec 14, 2016

Christians, Muslims and other victims of ISIS feel relief over the terrorist group being pushed back from the Nineveh Plain... Read more

Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre visits a refugee camp in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Humanitarian needs going unmet in Iraq, Catholic leaders tell Congress

Nov 30, 2016

Given new and expanded humanitarian crises in Iraq and elsewhere, Congress should respond generously to a request to approve additional... Read more