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A screen grab from a video shared with ACI Africa that shows the parish house at St. Raphael Fadan Kamantan Catholic Church of the Diocese of Kafanchan in flames Sept. 7, 2023.

Here’s where Christians continued to face persecution in 2023

Dec 30, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Christians have been persecuted by adversarial groups since the time of the apostles, and in varied parts of the world... Read more

A group of women and children guarded by security forces in Mucimboa da Praia of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province in early September 2023.

Catholic peace organization condemns sexual enslavement of Mozambican Christians

Sep 21, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

In an interview with ACI Africa, the director of the Denis Hurley Peace Institute confirmed reports of a leaked Islamic... Read more

At least 11 people were killed Sept. 15, 2023, after members of the Islamic State attacked a village in Mozambique and opened fire on Christians after hand-picking them from Muslims, the Catholic pontifical and charity foundation Aid to the Church in Need International reported.

11 killed as Islamist jihadists reportedly target Christians in Mozambican village

Sep 20, 2023

By Agnes Aineah

After separating the Christians from the Muslims, “they opened fire on the Christians,” a Sept. 18 Aid to the Church... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Angelus address on March 20, 2022.

Pope Francis honors nun killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique

Sep 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Sister Maria de Coppi was shot and killed last week as terrorists ransacked and burned the Catholic mission where she... Read more

Cardinal Alexandre José Maria dos Santos (1924-2021).

First Mozambique-born cardinal dies at age of 97

Oct 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

He is remembered for promoting peace amid Mozambique’s bloody civil war. Read more

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‘Do not abandon Mozambique’: Catholics appeal for help amid jihadist attacks

Jul 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Churches have been burnt, people beheaded, and girls kidnapped. 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.

Mozambique’s bishops lament Islamist violence in Palma

Apr 19, 2021

The Catholic bishops of Mozambique on Friday condemned the attack by Islamist militant insurgents on Palma, a city in Cabo... Read more

Women in Pemba await the possible arrival of a boat carrying their relatives evacuated from the town of Palma following a March 24 attack.

Catholic group: Mozambique massacre should prompt attention, response

Apr 1, 2021

While recent violence in Mozambique has drawn headlines internationally, the country has been dealing with violence for years, which has... Read more

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa. Credit: Diocese of Pemba's Facebook page.

Bishop: Mozambique’s persecuted Christians living an ‘experience of the cross’

Feb 25, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Catholics living in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province have lived an “experience of the cross” amid the escalation of terrorist violence... Read more

Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa. Credit: Diocese of Pemba's Facebook page.

Catholic bishop in Mozambique hotspot transferred to Brazilian diocese

Feb 12, 2021

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a Catholic bishop serving in a strife-torn diocese in Mozambique to lead a diocese in... Read more

Flag of mozambique in the world map.

Situation 'desperate' in Mozambique following rise in extremist attacks

Nov 17, 2020

The United Nations human rights commissioner has called for international attention and aid in Mozambique in response to an escalating... Read more

The flag of Mozambique.

Catholic charity sends aid to Mozambique after reports of mass beheading

Nov 11, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In response to reports that militants linked to the Islamic State had beheaded more than 50 people in northern Mozambique,... Read more

The Cathedral of St. Paul in Pemba, Mozambique.

Religious sisters missing after jihadist attack found safe and well

Sep 7, 2020

Two religious sisters missing after jihadists attacked a port town in Mozambique have been found safe and well, a Catholic... Read more

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Two religious sisters in Mozambique still missing after Islamist attack

Sep 4, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Two religious sisters in Mozambique are still unaccounted for three weeks after militants linked to the Islamic State seized control... Read more

Pope Francis pictured in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 23, 2019.

Pope Francis calls Mozambique bishop after Islamist militants seize port city

Aug 21, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis made an unexpected phone call this week to a bishop in northern Mozambique, where militants linked to the... 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 arrives in Maputo, Mozambique on September 4.

Pope Francis arrives in Mozambique for 3-nation trip

Sep 4, 2019

Pope Francis arrived in Maputo, Mozambique on Wednesday, kicking off a Sept. 4-10 trip to sub-Saharan Africa. The pope was... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis will visit this Catholic-run HIV treatment center in Mozambique

Aug 30, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Days ahead of his trip to three Eastern African nations, Pope Francis sent a video message to the people of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 27, 2019.

Pope Francis to visit three countries in East Africa

Mar 27, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis will visit the capital cities of the African countries of Mozambique, Madagascar, and... Read more