• Attacks against India’s Christians doubled in 2017

    New Delhi, India, Feb 21, 2018 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Compared to 2016, attacks against Christians in India by Hindu extremists more than doubled in 2017 amid efforts to label the religious minority a danger to the state. The persecution ranges from threats and physical violence to... Read more
  • Archbishop of Erbil: Christians in Iraq are ‘scourged, wounded, but still there’

    Washington D.C., Feb 19, 2018 / 04:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “Without an end to this persecution and violence, there is no future for religious pluralism in Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East for that matter,” said Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in a speech at Georgetown... Read more
  • Oppression of Iranian Churches Leads to Arrests—and Forgiveness

    Iran (International Christian Concern) – This year marks the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the beginning of 39 years of a harsh Islamic regime that would profoundly change the country and every stratum of its society. Tat Stewart, founder of Talim Ministries, is an American who... Read more
  • Islamic State has landed in lawless Somalia, bishop says

    NAIROBI, Kenya - As it loses its grip in the Middle East, the Islamic State is finding a foothold in Somalia, said a bishop who oversees the Catholic Church in the troubled country. The insurgent group - linked to mass killings, abductions and beheadings in Iraq and Syria, where it is facing... Read more
  • Despite Olympics diplomacy, North Korea relentless in persecution of Christians

    Millions of people cheered when the North and South Korean Olympic teams marched together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, which Pope Francis said “gives hope for a world in which conflicts can be resolved peacefully through dialogue and mutual... Read more
  • The return home: Syriac Christians celebrate Eucharistic liturgy in ravaged church

    Damascus, Syria, Feb 7, 2018 / 08:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in nearly six years, Christians from the eastern city of Deir Ezzor in Syria were able to celebrate a liturgy at the local church of St. Mary’s. “It’s an indescribable feeling for us to pray in a... Read more
  • Two priests murdered in Mexico

    Acapulco, Mexico, Feb 6, 2018 / 07:00 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Acapulco, Mexico, reported that two priests were murdered early Monday morning, Feb 5. Fr. Iván Añorve Jaimes, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the town of Las Vigas, and Fr.  Germain Muñiz Garcia, the pastor of Mezcala;... Read more
  • Egypt issues suspended sentence to 19 over church attack

    CAIRO, Egypt - An Egyptian court has sentenced 19 Muslim defendants to a one-year suspended sentence for attacking an unlicensed church south of Cairo. Wednesday’s sentence was handed down in Atfih misdemeanor court. The defendants will not have to serve prison time unless they get into... Read more
  • Cuban Christian Man Jailed After Police Confiscate Bibles, Told ‘Our God Is Fidel Castro’

    Details have emerged about the arrest and imprisonment of a Cuban Christian rights activist who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison late last year after authorities raided his home and confiscated Bibles and crucifixes. Misael Diaz Paseiro, a dissident who is a member of the... Read more
  • Priests, nuns arrested for anti-Kabila protests in Congo

    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo have arrested ten priests and two nuns in the aftermath of Sunday’s protests against President Joseph Kabila. According to local news reports, at least 200 persons - probably lay Christians - were also taken. Church... Read more