• Beirut Explosion Update: Lebanon Detains 16 People In Inquiry As Anger Mounts

    BEIRUT, LEBANON - AUGUST 06: Search and rescue works are carried out at damaged buildings after a fire at a warehouse with explosives at the Port of Beirut led to massive blasts in Beirut, Lebanon on August 6, 2020. (Photo by Houssam Shbaro/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Some of Beirut's... Read more
  • Lebanon priest says corruption is ultimate cause of Beirut blast

    After a deadly explosion in Beirut Tuesday left at least 100 dead, Lebanese Father Abdo Raad pins blame for the tragedy squarely on government corruption, saying the cumulative impact of the coronavirus, a dire financial situation and yesterday’s blast is enough to make Lebanon collapse... Read more
  • Nicaraguan cardinal says Mass at entrance of firebombed cathedral chapel

    Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes Solorzano of Managua said Mass Wednesday at the entrance of the Blood of Christ chapel in his cathedral, which was firebombed last week. "The Church has always suffered and will continue to suffer, but our assurance is that the Lord is with us,” Cardinal... Read more
  • Priest Flees as Beirut Explosion Shockwave Collapses Church During Mass Livestream

    Priest Flees as Beirut Explosion Shockwave Collapses Church During Mass Livestream Footage of a Maronite priest celebrating Mass during Tuesday’s Beirut, Lebanon explosion recently surfaced. The explosion killed more than 100 people and wounded approximately 4000. In the livestream video,... Read more
  • Lebanese cardinal: ‘The Church has a great duty’ after Beirut explosion

    After at least one explosion occurred at the ports of Beirut on Tuesday, a Maronite Catholic cardinal has said the local Church needs support to help the people of Lebanon recover from this disaster. “Beirut is a devastated city. A catastrophe struck there because of the mysterious... Read more
  • Explosion cripples crumbling Lebanon

    Tom Atema was working remotely in the United States rather than from his office in Beirut, Lebanon, when news of Tuesday’s blast reached him. The head of Heart for Lebanon—a Christian nongovernmental organization that’s worked with churches in the capital city and with Syrian refugees... Read more
  • Church leaders praise John Hume for dedication to cause of peace in N. Ireland

     John Hume was “a person of vision, who lifts us up to see and think beyond the confines of our own, much narrower, perspectives,” according to the Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh. Hume, who died Aug. 3 at the age of 83, was principal architect of Northern... Read more
  • Congressional hearing highlights case of missing Chinese Catholic bishop

    The fate of a long-imprisoned Catholic bishop in China was the focus of a congressional hearing on Thursday, amid growing concern he may have died in the custody of the Communist government. “President Xi Jinping: Where is Bishop Su, and what have you done to him?” Rep. Chris Smith... Read more
  • The Nantes Cathedral fire is a symptom of a growing problem across Europe

    This past Saturday morning, many awoke to images of another French cathedral on fire—this time in the heart of Nantes. In the early morning hours of July 18, a fire began in the Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral. Passers-by saw flames through a window of the cathedral and alerted emergency... Read more
  • Chinese Christians told to replace Christ with Mao or lose government support

     Government authorities in Shanxi, China, are ordering people who receive government assistance to replace religious symbols in their homes, including pictures of Jesus, with pictures of Chairman Mao and President Xi Jinping. Refusal to comply results in the assistance being taken... Read more