• Cardinal likens fading Christian presence in Middle East to a sinking ship

    Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai warned that the Christian presence in the Middle East is shrinking and church leaders “are called to face the winds that blow in our homelands.” The assessment by the patriarch of Maronite Catholics during a meeting of the Middle East Council of Churches... Read more
  • Report: Chinese government imprisoning more priests, bishops

    The Chinese government continues to imprison Catholic clergy - including bishops - who refuse to support the Communist Party, according to a new report out of the province of Jiangxi. According to UCA News, priests in the Diocese of Yujiang who refuse to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic... Read more
  • New Report on Coptic Kidnappings

    Coptic Solidarity has released a new report entitled ‘Jihad of the Womb’: Trafficking of Coptic Women & Girls in Egypt. Most of Egypt’s Christian community are Coptic Orthodox. The report details Egypt’s obligations regarding human rights, specifically as it relates to... Read more
  • More than 500 Ethiopians Christians have reportedly been murdered in door-to-door attacks since June

    A Christian aid organization, the Barnabas Fund, is reporting that since June more than 500 Ethiopian Christians have been murdered in door-to-door attacks in the Oromia regional state of Ethiopia. According to the group’s report, “extremists arrived in cars and, armed with guns,... Read more
  • Christian in Pakistan sentenced to death for blasphemy

    A Pakistani court sentenced Asif Pervaiz, a Christian, to death Tuesday on charges of blasphemy. The Sept. 8 sentencing by a court in Lahore arose from charges that Pervaiz, 37, included insulting remarks about Muhammad in a text message sent to Muhammad Saeed Khokher, his supervisor at the... Read more
  • Religious sisters missing after jihadist attack found safe and well

    Two religious sisters missing after jihadists attacked a port town in Mozambique have been found safe and well, a Catholic bishop said Sunday.  “It is with great joy that we inform you that the two sisters, Inés and Eliane, who work in the Mocímboa da Praia parish and have been... Read more
  • Pakistani Christian Arrested for Blasphemy After Pages of Quran Discovered in Drain

    International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that a Christian man in Pakistan’s Khybar Pakhtunkhwa province has been arrested and charged under the country’s blasphemy laws. The arrest reportedly took place on August 30, 2020, in the Risalpure neighborhood of Nowshera. A First... Read more
  • Archbishop Warda and Iraq’s Christians Denounce BBC Documentary for Omissions

    Promotional poster for a new documentary about Iraq produced for the BBC and PBS. (BBC/PBS/Frontline) A new five-hour documentary series on the social impact of the Iraq War made for the BBC and PBS has been roundly criticized for entirely ignoring the plight of Iraq’s persecuted Christians... Read more
  • Who is Chen Guangcheng? Chinese human rights activist to speak at RNC

    One of the featured speakers at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26 will be Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese lawyer and human rights advocate who has been an outspoken critic of the Chinese government— particularly its policy of forced abortions and sterilizations. Chen grew up in... Read more
  • Iraqi prime minister tells Christians to come home, but is it safe?

     The Iraqi prime minister has encouraged Christians displaced by ISIS to come home—but are the conditions right for a safe return? Catholic leaders and aid agencies say without stability and economic support, one of the world’s oldest Christian communities could become “a museum... Read more