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African priest praying rosary.

Bishop calls for prayers after kidnapping of DRC priest

Apr 5, 2018

The bishop of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is urging the faithful to pray for a priest... Read more

Reported message from kidnapped nun calls on Pope for help

Jan 30, 2018

A reported video message from a Colombian nun kidnapped almost a year ago in Mali appeals to Pope Francis for... Read more

Refugees in Nigeria's Maiduguri diocese, September 2014.

Nigerian bishops deplore dehumanizing trends of violence

Jan 18, 2018

Nigeria's bishops challenged government authorities Tuesday to resolve the country’s violent disputes, especially after recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen have... Read more

Italian Catholic priest kidnapped in Nigeria

Oct 16, 2017

An Italian Catholic priest, who is a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, was kidnapped on Thursday by armed men in... Read more

Father Tom Uzhunnalil meets with Pope Francis in Vatican City on Sept. 13, 2017.

Fr. Tom to Pope Francis: I offered my suffering for you and the Church

Sep 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

Just one day after being released from 18 months of captivity, Indian priest Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil shared an emotional meeting... Read more

Bishops plea for two priests abducted in DRC

Jul 18, 2017

Gunmen have abducted two Catholic priests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, prompting the country’s bishops to plead that the... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Indian politician suggests ransom fund for kidnapped priest

May 31, 2017

A member of India’s Legislative Assembly is encouraging the Church to raise money for the release of kidnapped priest Father... Read more

Four people charged in connection with kidnapped nun in Mali

Apr 7, 2017

Four people have been arrested in Mali in connection with the February kidnapping of a nun who remains missing.  Read more

Mali bishops plead for kidnapped nun's release

Apr 2, 2017

The Catholic bishops of Mali are asking the general public to help secure the release of a nun who was... Read more

Nun in Mali kidnapped by alleged jihadists

Feb 10, 2017

The Colombian bishops are asking for prayers after a religious sister from Colombia was kidnapped for the home where she... Read more

Missing priest in Mexico found dead

Jan 13, 2017

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

Jan 12, 2017

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

Elizabeth Smart.

Elizabeth Smart on captor's porn use: 'It just led to him raping me more'

Dec 18, 2016

Elizabeth Smart, who drew the nation’s attention when she was abducted from her home at age 14, said that her... Read more

Mexican archdiocese closes missing persons registry

Nov 28, 2016

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

Another Catholic priest has been kidnapped in Mexico

Sep 23, 2016

Mexican Cardinal Alberto Suárez Inda is offering prayers for the safety of a priest who was kidnapped in the country... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil.

Key bishop: 'We don't know' if Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil is still alive

Sep 2, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the situation in Yemen continues to worsen, Bishop Paul Hinder on Friday requested prayers for priests, for the Missionaries... Read more

Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Yemen March 4.

Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

May 4, 2016

Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case... Read more

A man makes a sign outside the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations on June 2, 2014 in New York City.

Protestors slam global failure to save missing Nigerian girls

Jul 30, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Gathering outside the Nigerian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to mark the 100th day since the kidnapping of nearly 300 girls... Read more

International Committee of the Red Cross.

Three Red Cross workers remain kidnapped in Syria

Oct 14, 2013

A day after their kidnapping in Syria, the whereabouts of three relief workers from the Red Cross remain unknown, though... Read more

Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio S.J.

Report: kidnapped Jesuit priest alive in Syria

Oct 10, 2013

A Jesuit priest missing since July is alive in an area of northern Syria that is controlled by an Islamist... Read more