• ISIS claims responsibility for murder of Catholic priest in Syria

    he Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the murder of Armenian Catholic priest Father Hovsep Bidoyan, who was gunned down today, Monday, November 11, 2019, on his way a church in eastern Syria. Both Father Hovsep Bidoyan, from Qamishli, and his biological father were killed while... Read more
  • What I Saw on the Road to Damascus

    It was not the vision of the Risen Lord that nearly blinded me on the road to Damascus. It was the searing light and clouds of dust thrown up by the unusually hot October, and the fact that my driver believed in natural air conditioning: windows wide open. While it was romantic to imagine I... Read more
  • Nigerian priest abducted and released, officials increase security measures

    The vice-rector of a seminary in Nigeria was kidnapped earlier this week and released two days later, the latest in the ongoing violence against priests that has led Enugu State authorities to ramp up security efforts. Father Arinze Madu, the vice-rector for the Queen of Apostles Seminary,... Read more
  • A Pakistani Catholic talks about the mistreatment, violence suffered by Christians

    Naseem Nawab is a Pakistani Catholic nurse who has worked at a hospital in Karachi since 2008. She told Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) about a beating she received this summer at the hands of two Muslim colleagues at the hospital. It is an example of a consistent pattern of discrimination and... Read more
  • Jihadist attacks increasing in Africa’s Sahel region

    Security in Africa’s Sahel region has “deteriorated significantly” over the past year, according to one of the largest Catholic development agencies. The arid Sahel region - located at the borderland between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa - has been plagued by attacks from various... Read more
  • Algeria Forces Christians Out of the Country’s Largest Churches

    The Algerian government shut down three churches this week, including the two biggest congregations in the North African country. Authorities forced Christians from their buildings and arrested some who continued to protest the crackdown. Members of the largest Protestant congregation in... Read more
  • Syrian Christians face new threat from Turkey, human rights group warns

    Endangered Christian populations in the Middle East face renewed risks as the United States removes troops from Syria, a leading human rights group has warned. On Oct. 6, the White House announced that Turkish forces would move in to northern Syria and that the United States would not have... Read more
  • ‘Go back to where you came from’: Christians in India living in fear, says bishop

    Christians across India are “living in fear” because of acts of state-led violence and oppression, says the bishop of a region still recovering from one of the country’s worst outbreaks of persecution. Speaking to leading Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Kishore Kumar... Read more
  • Christian girls are being kidnapped and forced to convert, Pakistan Archbishop warns

    A surge in under-age Christian and Hindu girls in Pakistan being kidnapped, raped and forced to marry and convert to Islam has been condemned by one of the country’s leading bishops. In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore... Read more
  • Trump at UN: ‘11 Christians Are Killed Every Day for Following the Teachings of Christ’

    President Donald Trump defended religious freedom around the world today during a groundbreaking speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations. The president pledged that his administration would spend an “additional $25 million to protect religious freedom and religious sites... Read more