Abduction

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Fr. Benson Bulus Luka was kidnapped from his parish residence in Nigeria’s Kafanchan diocese on Sept. 13, 2021.

Catholic diocese rejoices as priest is freed barely 24 hours after kidnapping

“Barely 24 hours after his kidnap, our beloved brother priest was released by his abductors.” Read more

Freed: Msgr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor, vicar general of Cameroon’s Mamfe diocese.

Catholic priest in Cameroon freed after three days in captivity

Msgr. Julius Agbortoko Abbor was released without payment of a ransom. Read more

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez

Prayers asked for nun kidnapped in Mali in 2017

An initiative that works to highlight persecution of Christians released Friday a video seeking prayers for Sister Gloria Cecilia Nárvaez... Read more

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Abducted Catholic priest, catechist released by Burmese militia

Father Noel Hrang Tin Thang and an unnamed catechist were traveling from the town of Surkhua to Hakha when nabbed... Read more

Daughters of the Resurrection walking in Bukavu,  eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Catholic nun abducted on way to the market in DR Congo set free

The nun is “traumatized but physically unharmed.” Read more

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30, 2021, in Nigeria’s Maiduguri diocese.

Suspected members of Boko Haram kidnap Catholic priest in Nigeria

Fr. Elijah Juma Wada was abducted on June 30. Read more

A tent camp in Haiti.

Haitian archbishop demands release of abducted Catholics

The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince has called for the release of 10 people who were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday and... Read more

Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the diocese of Minna, Nigeria. Public domain.

Catholic priest in Nigeria found dead after abduction

The body of a Catholic priest was discovered in Nigeria on Saturday, a day after he was kidnapped by armed... Read more

Bishop Moses Chikwe, auxiliary bishop of Nigeria's Archdiocese of Owerri. Public Domain.

Catholic bishop released five days after kidnapping in Nigeria

A Catholic bishop in Nigeria, who was kidnapped on Sunday, has been released unharmed, according to the Archdiocese of Owerri.  Read more

A young girl lights a candle at a Marian Grotto in Pakistan.

Christian aid group applauds investigation into forced conversions, marriages in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered an investigation into the forced conversion of women and girls from the country’s... Read more

Nigerian priest, kidnapped for a second time in two years, has been released

Gunmen kidnapped a Catholic priest in Nigeria’s Delta State on Saturday, the second kidnapping that same priest has experienced since... Read more

Kidnapped students in Cameroon released

Seventy-eight students and a driver kidnapped from a Christian school in Cameroon were released late Tuesday.  Read more

The flag of Cameroon.

Seventy-nine students kidnapped in Cameroon

Armed separatists kidnapped 79 students from a Christian boarding school in Cameroon Monday.  Read more

Nigerian priest liberated after four days in captivity

Fr. Edwin Omoregbe, who had been kidnapped last week in Nigeria's Edo state, was released on Sunday.  Read more

Nigerian priest shares harrowing story of being kidnapped

It was supposed to be a quiet retreat weekend last April for Fr. Sam Okwuidegbe, a Nigerian Jesuit priest and... Read more

A center for internally displaced persons, most of whom are Christians, in Dawodiya, Iraq, April 10, 2016.

Why this bill could be crucial for Iraq's beleaguered Christians

After a myriad of reports of United States humanitarian aid not reaching Christian genocide survivors in Iraq, their advocates in... Read more

Missing priest in Mexico found dead

The body of Father Joaquín Hernández Sifuentes, a priest in northern Mexico who had been missing since Jan. 3, was... Read more

Mexico's bishops call on authorities to find missing priest

The Mexican bishops' conference on Tuesday asked authorities to provide more information on the disappearance of Father Joaquín Hernández Sifuentes... Read more

Mexican archdiocese closes missing persons registry

The Archbishop of Guadalajara has announced that his diocese is calling off its distribution of a list of missing persons,... Read more