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Pope Francis and UN Secretary General António Guterres in the Vatican Apostolic Palace Dec. 20, 2019.

Pope Francis and UN Secretary General record video urging religious freedom, climate protection

Dec 20, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis and the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres recorded a video message together at the Vatican Friday in... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Nov. 13, 2019.

Pope Francis urges dialogue in face of ongoing jihadist violence in Burkina Faso

Nov 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged interreligious dialogue in Burkina Faso Wednesday as ongoing violence by jihadist groups has killed more than 750... Read more

 The former KGB prison now a museum in the city of Vilnius.

Meet the Jesuit who survived the KGB

Dec 26, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Pope Francis visited a former KGB building in Vilnius, Lithuania Sept. 23, Archbishop Sigitas Tamkevicius was the only bishop... Read more

Japanese museum finds rare scroll from country's early Christians

Nov 28, 2018

A Christian scroll found in a Japanese museum is believed to be from the earliest days of Christianity in the... Read more

Venice illuminated red in remembrance of persecuted Christians.

Venice illuminated in red for Asia Bibi, persecuted Christians

Nov 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

To express solidarity with persecuted Christians, including Asia Bibi, a Pakistani woman recently acquitted of blasphemy, the city of Venice... Read more

Pope Francis at The Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly Indonesian attacks

May 13, 2018

By Elise Harris

After multiple bombings at churches in Indonesia left 11 dead dozens more injured, Pope Francis prayed for the repose of... Read more

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Saint Paul film highlights Christian hope in the face of persecution

Mar 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Actors and filmmakers at the red carpet premiere of “Paul Apostle of Christ” said the film’s portrayal of Christian persecution... Read more

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The story of an underground Catholic priest in China

Nov 17, 2017

Fr. Joseph of Jesus is a Chinese priest, faithful to the Catholic Church. Life is not easy for Catholics in... Read more

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Chinese bishop forcibly removed from diocese still missing

Jun 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Monday the Vatican issued a statement on the situation of the Chinese Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou, who... Read more

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North Korean defector: Despite horrific persecution, Christianity is growing

May 14, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Although the North Korean government is doing everything it can to suppress Christianity, the faith continues to spread, said a... Read more

Fr. Jacques Hamel.

Pope Francis comforts sister of Fr. Jacques Hamel, killed in France

Apr 24, 2017

Pope Francis on Saturday comforted the sister of Father Jacques Hamel, an 85-year-old priest who was killed by ISIS sympathizers... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Who conquers the devil's hatred? God's new martyrs, Pope says

Apr 22, 2017

By Elise Harris

The devil’s hatred for Christ and for our redemption is the root cause of all persecution since the beginnings of... Read more

Pope Francis meets director Martin Scorsese in the Vatican Nov. 30, 2016.

Pope Francis meets Martin Scorsese, director of 'Silence,' at Vatican

Nov 30, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday, Pope Francis added world famous director Martin Scorsese to the list of Hollywood stars he has welcomed for... Read more

'Remarkable' resilience of persecuted Christians focus of new film

Nov 12, 2016

Christian persecution around the world is the focus of the documentary short film Under Caesar’s Sword, and the people it... Read more

Pope Francis at the Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square honoring members of the police, firemen, and armed forces on April 30, 2016.

Christian persecution extends beyond genocide, Pope says

Jun 18, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In a wide-ranging question and answer session on Saturday, Pope Francis said it is “reductionism” to describe the violence against... Read more


Men on trial for alleged mock crucifixion of teen at work

Jun 17, 2016

A teenager and practicing Catholic in the United Kingdom was reportedly tied to a cross and hung from a wall... Read more

United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

Intervene in Christian genocide: 400,000 bring plea to UN

Apr 30, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Advocates delivered hundreds of thousands of signatures to the United Nations on Friday, calling on the body to declare that... Read more

Stories of ISIS victims are emerging, and they're unbelievably brutal

Apr 29, 2016

By Matt Hadro

The stories were graphic, brutal and raw.  Read more

Pope Francis delivers Urbi et Orbi blessing at St Peters Basilica on March 27, 2016.

Pope: Easter message brings hope to victims of terrorism, persecution

Mar 27, 2016

By Ann Schneible

In his Urbi et Orbi message for Easter, Pope Francis encouraged victims of terrorism and Christian persecution to find hope... Read more

Pope Francis during the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

For Pope Francis, unity of martyrdom is stronger than Christian divisions

Nov 5, 2015

By Elise Harris

Despite the numerous divisions among Christians today, the followers of Christ are powerfully united in the witness of martyrdom across... Read more