• Another attack on a Catholic church: 4 faithful killed during Sunday mass

    Four people were killed in an attack on a Catholic church in northern Burkina Faso, perpetrated on Sunday 26 May, in Toulfé, a village about twenty kilometers from Titao, the capital of the northern province of Loroum. "The Christian community of Toulfe was the target of a terrorist attack... Read more
  • The martyrs of Burkina Faso: Know their names

    On Sunday May 12th, between 20 and 30 gunmen entered a Catholic church during Mass in Dablo, Burkina Faso, and started shooting the congregation. Six people, including Father Simeon Yampa, were killed. The attackers then set fire to the church with some worshipers still inside. Probably 95... Read more
  • Four killed in ambush on Catholic parade in Burkina Faso

    Four people were killed and a statue of the Virgin Mary was destroyed in an attack on parishioners during a religious procession in Burkina Faso, church officials told CNN on Wednesday. Unidentified armed men, who on Monday stopped a group of worshipers during a Catholic parade in... Read more
  • Leah Sharibu Inspires Nigeria’s Christians, Faces Execution by Boko Haram

    Christians in Nigeria are desperately praying for 15-year-old Leah Sharibu as the one-month deadline to save the only Dapchi schoolgirl left in Boko Haram captivity draws to an end this week. The terrorist group’s ISIS-affiliated faction threatened last month to kill the teenager, who was... Read more
  • Another Sunday Church Attack in Burkina Faso Kills Six

    For the second time since Easter, a church in Burkina Faso has suffered a terrorism attack during Sunday services. This time, the target was a Catholic church in Dablo, where the priest and five worshipers were killed. This prompted a series of déjà vu headlinesamong global media outlets as... Read more
  • Western Christians should learn from the Sri Lanka martyrs

    “He who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me,” but “he who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:38-9). By that stark measure of discipleship, Sri Lanka’s slaughtered Christians have amply proved themselves. On Sunday, they filled their churches... Read more
  • A Gathering: To Shine the Light

    As I entered Chabad House on that Tuesday evening following the shooting in Poway, California, I was greeted by an armed police officer. It was a reminder to me exactly why I was there and my heart was heavy with sadness. Could a light ever shine out of this tragedy, I wondered. Once inside... Read more
  • Sri Lanka’s Children in White: Receiving the Food of Martyrs

    We are now at the time of year in which, in many parts of the country and globe, young people are receiving their first Holy Communion. As pastors and catechists are well aware, the spiritual significance of this event is sometimes obscured by an excessive focus on suits and dresses, parties and... Read more
  • Pastor of church bombed in Sri Lanka forgives attackers

    The pastor of an evangelical church bombed in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has offered forgiveness to the attackers. Pastor Roshan Mahesen, of Zion Church in Batticaloa, said the congregation was "hurt" and "angry" about the devastating suicide bombings which struck two other churches and... Read more
  • Burkina Faso: Christians killed in attack on church

    Gunmen have opened fire on a church in northern Burkina Faso, killing at least six people, officials say. The attackers reportedly arrived on seven motorbikes at the end of Sunday's service and killed the pastor, two of his sons and three other worshippers. It is the first attack on a church... Read more