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Catholic church, traditional african architecture in the city of Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

Conference highlights 'forgotten' persecuted Christians

Sep 24, 2020

By Matt Hadro

Religious and political leaders warned that persecuted Christians were at risk of being forgotten, during a summit Wednesday, and highlighted the... Read more

Pope Francis prays before Our Lady of Fatima May 13, 2015.

Pope Francis asks Mary 'Mother of Hope' to intercede for Nigeria's persecuted Christians

Aug 15, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, “Mother of Hope,” for Nigeria’s persecuted Christians and... Read more

Church in Akure, the largest city in Ondo State, Nigeria.

'Beyond reprehensible': Christian aid workers executed in Nigeria

Jul 28, 2020

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released a statement on Tuesday condemning the execution of five aid workers... Read more

A woman stands in a burned out area after an extremist attack on the village of Aldeia da Paz, Mozambique, Aug. 24, 2019.

Churches burned, people beheaded in Mozambique’s escalating extremist violence

Jul 23, 2020

By Courtney Mares

A Catholic bishop has deplored the world’s indifference to escalating extremist violence in northern Mozambique, where multiple churches have been... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Angelus address June 8, 2020.

Pope Francis to Catholics: Do not fear persecution, violence

Jun 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged Christians to fear sin, not the hostility, violence, or persecution they may face when sharing... Read more

A priest signs the forehead of a child as catholics take part in the Ash Wednesday celebration at the St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri on February 26, 2020.

Nigerian priest: ‘I want the world to know of the suffering of our people’ 

Mar 11, 2020

By Matt Hadro

“The underlying point of all these attacks is to drive away any Western ideology, Western form of living, and institute... Read more

Fr. David Echioda.

Nigerian priest abducted by gunmen after Sunday Mass

Mar 3, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Another Catholic priest in Nigeria has been kidnapped by gunmen, according to local media reports.  Read more

Fr. Nicholas Oboh.

Nigerian priest abducted in new attack

Feb 14, 2020

Fr. Nicholas Oboh of the Diocese of Uromi has been abducted by gunmen in the state of Edo in the... Read more

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

Chinese Flag.

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

Flag of China.

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

North Korean flag.

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