• ‘Let Nothing Disturb You’ — Syrian Priest and Former ISIS Hostage Finds Hope

    Father Jacques Mourad spent five months in the jails of Islamic State militants, in constant danger of death. One day after the Palmyra offensive, May 21, 2015, as the Syrian civil war had been raging for four years, Father Mourad, superior of the monastery of Mar Elian in... Read more
  • Kidnapped Nigerian priest has been released

    The Nigerian priest who was abducted by gunmen last week has been freed. Fr. Nicholas Oboh was kidnapped last week in the southwest region of Nigeria and was freed Tuesday evening, his diocese reported. “I am pleased to inform this house that our priest who was kidnapped last week... Read more
  • Latest Burkina Faso Church Attack Kills 24, Including Pastor

    Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation. The mayor of Boundore commune, Sihanri Osangola Brigadie, said... Read more
  • BREAKING: Nigerian priest abducted in new attack

    A Catholic priest was kidnapped in Nigeria Friday. Fr. Nicholas Oboh of the Diocese of Uromi has been abducted by gunmen in the state of Edo in the southwest region of the country. “We are sure that he is alive, and since the incident, steps have been taken to ensure that Rev. Fr. Nicholas... Read more
  • Seminarian’s killing a ‘defining moment’ for Christians in Nigeria

    At the funeral Mass for Michael Nnadi, the 18-year-old seminarian abducted and killed by gunmen last month, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto said he hoped the death would be a turning point for persecuted Christians in Nigeria. “This is a solemn moment for the body of Christ,” Kukah... Read more
  • White House says U.S. killed Qassim al-Rimi, leader of al-Qaeda in Yemen

    The White House said Thursday that the U.S. has killed Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. A White House statement said al-Rimi was killed in Yemen but did not say when. The counterterrorism operation was conducted at the direction of President Donald Trump, it... Read more
  • Kidnapped Nigerian seminarian has been killed

    One of four Nigerian seminarians kidnapped last month has been killed, reportedly by his abductors. The three seminarians kidnapped along with him were released in the weeks following their kidnapping. “With a very heavy heart, I wish to inform you that our dear son, Michael was murdered by... Read more
  • Nigeria: Child terrorist executes Christian student

    The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), an offshoot of the Boko Haram terrorist group, has released a video showing the execution on 20 January of a 22 year-old Christian student from Plateau State, Nigeria, by a minor. Ropvil Daciya Dalep from Jing village in Pankshin Local... Read more
  • Nigerian diocesan spokesman: Bridal party beheaded en route to wedding

    Father Francis Arinse, communications director of the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, confirmed that a bride-to-be, Martha Bulus, and her bridal party were beheaded Dec. 26 at Gwoza, in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state. Arinse told Catholic News Service that Bulus and her companions were... Read more
  • Cardinal Dolan: Antisemitic attacks ‘sickening’ and must be ‘condemned completely’

    On Sunday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York condemned the recent spate of attacks against Jewish people in New York, following a stabbing that left five people injured during a Hanukkah celebration at a rabbi’s home on Saturday night. “The news of last night’s attack at the home of a... Read more