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Dozens still in captivity after Christmas Day attack in Nigeria, Catholic priest says

Jan 11, 2023

By Jude Atemanke

On Christmas Day 2022, militant Fulani herdsmen and other terrorists attacked Angwan Aku village, reportedly killing one person and abducting... Read more

Police and residents of Wumat, a farming town 45 miles south of Jos, Nigeria, arrive to survey damage and help survivors of a terrorist attack on Nov 22, 2022.

Despite incessant attacks, Nigerian Catholics keep their faith

Dec 2, 2022

By Douglas Burton, Masara Kim

Attacks by groups of Islamist militia variously called “herdsmen,” “bandits,” or “unknown gunmen” increasingly victimize farming towns in Nigeria. Read more

Sister Marie-Sylvie Kavuke Vakatsuraki, who was killed in Maboya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Oct. 19, 2022.

Islamist rebels kill nun, six others at Catholic hospital in DR Congo

Oct 21, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

A Catholic nun serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was among the seven people killed Wednesday evening when... Read more

Sister Maria De Coppi, who was killed by Islamist terrorists at a mission in Chipene, Mozambique, Sept. 6, 2022.

Italian missionary nun killed in Mozambique

Sister Maria De Coppi, a Comboni missionary sister, was murdered by Islamist terrorists on Tuesday in Mozambique, where she had... Read more

St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Enugu, Nigeria was vandalized Nov 4, 2013.

Sympathizers in Nigeria's high-ranking positions stall fight against militants, priest says

Jul 23, 2021

By ACI Africa

Boko Haram sympathizers and others who support Nigeria being an Islamic State are stalling the fight against militants in the... Read more

Flag of mozambique in the world map.

‘Do not abandon Mozambique’: Catholics appeal for help amid jihadist attacks

Jul 21, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Churches have been burnt, people beheaded, and girls kidnapped. Read more

A woman stands in a burned out area after an extremist attack on the village of Aldeia da Paz, Mozambique, Aug. 24, 2019.

Mozambique’s bishops lament Islamist violence in Palma

Apr 19, 2021

The Catholic bishops of Mozambique on Friday condemned the attack by Islamist militant insurgents on Palma, a city in Cabo... Read more

Catholic bishops in DR Congo worried by killings, forced conversions in east

Apr 9, 2021

By Jude Atemanke

Renewed violence in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo that has resulted in the killing of civilians... Read more

Displaced persons in Maiduguri, who are being cared for by the local Church, in September 2014.

Islamists in Nigeria kill Christian hostages

Dec 27, 2019

The Islamic State group in Nigeria released a video Thursday claiming to show the killing of 11 Christian men.  Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculation Conception in Ouagadougou.

There were over 800 extremist attacks in West Africa in 2019

Dec 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Extremist attacks have risen dramatically in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, from 180 incidents in 2017 to more than 800... Read more

Hope continues for captured Filipino priest sighted alive

Jun 27, 2017

Captured priest Father Teresito “Chito” Suganob was seen alive on Sunday in a part of a Philippines city under Islamist... Read more

Kidnapped Filipino priest pleads for help in video

May 30, 2017

By Elise Harris

A week after Islamist militants kidnapped some 240 Catholics in the Philippines, a video has surfaced online showing one of... Read more

Soldiers take positions while evading sniper fire as they try to clear Marawi of armed militants one street at a time, May 25, 2017.

Cardinal pleads for Islamist militants to release Philippines hostages

May 25, 2017

A Filipino cardinal has prayed for the release of Catholic hostages held by Islamist militants who have seized parts of... Read more

Sunni Tehreek supporters protest in favor of Mumtaz Qadri, convicted killer of Salmaan Taseer, during a rally at Mall road in Lahore, Oct. 1, 2011.

In Pakistan, mass arrests halt rally backing blasphemy law

Jan 6, 2017

Supporters of Pakistan’s strict blasphemy law attempted to march in Lahore on Wednesday, but were thwarted when police made more... Read more

A Fulani herdsman in Cameroon.

In Nigeria, Fulani herdsmen are new Islamist terror threat to Christians

Jan 3, 2017

Islamist violence and terrorism has killed more than 12,000 Christians in Nigeria, destroying some 2,000 churches. Boko Haram has perpetrated... Read more

A Fulani herdsman in Cameroon.

Islamic aggression takes different form in Nigeria, bishop explains

Aug 11, 2016

Bishop Charles Hammawa heads the Diocese of Jalingo, located in the eastern part of the Nigeria's so-called “Middle Belt.” The... Read more

Islamist extremists capture two more cities in Nigeria

Sep 3, 2014

Amid increasing attacks at the hands of the Islamic State in the Middle East, the similarly radical Islamist group Boko... Read more

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos.

Do not become a prisoner of fear, Nigerian bishop urges

Aug 6, 2014

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, a city in northern Nigeria, has stressed the importance of remaining present to his people... Read more

Seleka members in Central African Republic, October, 2013. Photo courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need.

Ceasefire signed in Central African Republic conflict

Jul 24, 2014

Rival factions in the Central African Republic signed a ceasefire on Wednesday in hopes of halting the deadly violence, but... Read more

Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil, whither many Christians from Mosul have fled in recent weeks.

Iraqi bishop urges prayer as Christians expelled from Mosul

Jul 21, 2014

By Kate Veik

On the eve of an ultimatum issued by Islamists to Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Chaldean bishop... Read more