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'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

Ankawa in Erbil Province.

Ankawa bomb attack strikes unease in refugees with nowhere else to go

Apr 18, 2015

By Elise Harris

A car bomb explosion in front of the American consulate in what is considered the safest city in Iraq has... Read more

Is there a light in the dark for Turkey's invisible Christians?

Apr 11, 2015

By Elise Harris

Despite Turkey's claim of religious freedom, Christians there have faced ongoing hostility, including  government oppression and murder – but a... Read more

Fr. Ghazwan Yousif Baho speaks with CNA in Rome on Oct. 4, 2014.

Priest returning to Iraq: ISIS threatens the whole world

Oct 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

An Iraqi priest who has chosen to return to his city, which lies just six miles from ISIS-controlled territory, said... Read more

Archbishop William E. Lori takes part in a press conference at the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2013.

Archbishop: Be vigilant against US religious freedom threats

Aug 27, 2014

By Mary Farrow

Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to... Read more

Refugees from Iraq fled their homes and now take shelter at a refugee camp.

Priest from Nineveh: 'Christianity is finished in Iraq'

Aug 8, 2014

By Elise Harris

A priest hailing from what used to be Iraq’s largest Christian city has lamented the exodus of over 100,000 Christians... Read more

Religious freedom nominee's record prompts worry

Jul 31, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The announcement that Rabbi David Saperstein is being tapped as the next U.S. ambassador for global religious freedom has drawn... Read more