• 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
  • Christians in Burkina Faso face options: ‘Flee, convert or die’

    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Christians in Burkina Faso are being forced to “flee, convert or die” by Islamic jihadists, according to a leading Catholic aid charity. Burkina Faso’s government said on Monday that suspected extremists have carried out two attacks killing a total of 29... Read more
  • 9/11: When John Paul II grieved with America

    As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. "I remember that... Read more
  • ISIS claims responsibility for deadly blast at wedding in Afghanistan, killing 63 people

    A suicide bomb attack at a wedding in Kabul on Saturday killed 63 people and wounded 182, an Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman said. Among the victims were women and children, spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said. About 20 people were taken to a Kabul hospital run by the Italian... Read more
  • Nigeria diocese facing Islamic militia attacks says, ‘Enough is Enough!’

    An embattled Catholic diocese in southeastern Nigeria facing a mounting wave of violent attacks from Islamic militias has declared “enough is enough,” demanding that “bad” members of the largely Muslim Fulani tribe be “flushed out” of the area and that local self-protection groups be... Read more
  • Suspected Boko Haram fighters kill 65 in attack on funeral in Nigeria

    Villagers were walking home from a funeral in northeast Nigeria this weekend when gunmen on motorbikes surrounded them in a graveyard and opened fire. The attack bearing the hallmarks of terrorist group Boko Haram left at least 65 people dead, authorities said Monday, as residents urged... Read more
  • France marks 3rd anniversary of priest’s murder by Islamic terrorists

    On the third anniversary of the murder of French Father Jacques Hamel by Islamist terrorists, some local clergy and politicians are striving to promote his legacy of dialogue and peace. “It’s right for our spirit to rebel against the homicide of a priest in his church, against all forms... Read more
  • Six Months After Terror Attack, Philippines Cathedral Packed at Rededication

    Despite the fresh memory of a deadly terrorist attack in January, the rededication Mass of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, an island in the Philippines, was packed with Catholics, an aid worker said. “Security was really tight - police and soldiers locked down an entire... Read more
  • When Islamic State came, the monks had just finished hiding the manuscripts

    The first time a band of Islamic State militants “visited” the monks, they presented the monks with a kind of suggestion, in a nonthreatening manner: “Why don’t you become a Muslim?” Already, the four monks at the ancient Syriac Catholic Mar Behnam Monastery in Khidr, Iraq, had felt... Read more
  • Car bomb hits near church in northeast Syria

    A car bomb detonated near a church in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in northeast Syria on Thursday wounding several people, an AFP journalist and state media said. The metal gate of the church was slightly dented by the blast, but the building otherwise emerged intact, the... Read more