Turkish Police stand guard outside the scene of an armed attack at a Catholic Church in Istanbul, Turkey, on Jan. 28, 2024. Credit: Rudolf Gehrig/EWTN

Victim of Istanbul Attack was a Muslim Who Often Went to Catholic Mass

Jan 31, 2024

The sole victim of Sunday’s attack on a Catholic church in Istanbul was a Muslim man who regularly attended Mass, according to his relatives.

Pope Francis invoke the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace and Mother of Mercy at a prayer vigil for peace in St. Peter's Basilica, Friday, Oct. 27. | Credit: Courtney Mares

Pope Francis to meet with families of Israeli hostages and Palestinians with relatives in Gaza

Nov 18, 2023

Vatican spokesman says that with these meetings, "exclusively humanitarian in nature," Pope Francis wants to show his spiritual closeness to the suffering of each person.

Smoke increases after Israeli airstrikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Anas-Mohammed/Shutterstock

Dozens Killed in Surprise Hamas Attacks on Israel; Netanyahu Says country "at war"

Oct 7, 2023

Surprise attacks by Hamas on Israel early on Saturday killed at least dozens of people.

Janada Marcus, 22, was forced to flee Boko Haram with her family twice before the terrorists attacked them again, killing her father and kidnapping her. | Aid to the Church in Need

"My parishioners shot dead in cold blood": Priests, Lay Faithful Describe Attacks in Niger

Mar 8, 2023

“Oh, what sorrow to have watched three of my parishioners shot dead in cold blood, right before my eyes — and I couldn’t do anything,” Nigerian parish priest Father Bako Francis Awesuh, 37, shared in a new Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) report published Friday.

St. Francis Xavier Owo Parish. Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC)

ISIS Affiliate Group Suspected as Perpetrators of Ondo Church Massacre in Nigeria

Jun 10, 2022

A Nigerian government official has laid blame on an Islamic militant group for the deadly church shooting on Pentecost that left dozens dead.

President Muhammadu Buhari/Logo of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Credit: Courtesy Photo

Double Efforts to Halt Menace of “terrorism, all banditry in Nigeria”: Christian Leaders

Oct 24, 2021

Nigeria’s Federal government needs “to double efforts” at all levels to stop the threat posed by terrorism and banditry in the country, Christian leaders in the West African nation have said.

Some participants attending the refresher course organized by UCAP Burkina Faso for Catholic Journalists in West Africa. Credit: UCAP Burkina Faso

Catholic Journalists in West Africa Cautioned against Promoting Terrorism in News Reports

Sep 13, 2021

Catholic Journalists in West Africa have been cautioned against a journalism practice that seems to promote activities of terrorism in the Sahel region.

Map showing Nigeria's Kaduna State and other neighboring states. Credit: Public Domain

Nigeria’s Militants Enjoying High Level Protection to Terrorize Christians: Global Charity

Sep 3, 2021

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights organization, has condemned the sharp increase in attacks targeting Christians in Nigeria’s Plateau State since the August 14 attack and killing of 23 commuters in the Nigerian State, saying that those behind the subsequent killings appear to be enjoying high level support to advance their agenda.

Ash Wednesday celebration at St. Patrick cathedral in Maiduguri, Feb. 26, 2020/ AFP/Getty

Despite Danger, Clergy of Nigeria’s Maiduguri Diocese Ministers to Refugees of Terrorism

Jul 17, 2021

Father Joseph Bature Fidelis of the Diocese of Maiduguri is aware of the danger priests face from local Islamist terror groups.  

Francis Cardinal Arinze during the Holy Mass at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso. Credit: Vatican Media

At Vatican’s Holy Mass for Peace in Burkina Faso, Nigerian Cardinal Reflects on Terrorism

Jun 22, 2021

At the Eucharistic celebration organized at the Vatican to pray for peace in Burkina Faso, Francis Cardinal Arinze reflected on terrorism in Africa, delinking the menace from religion.

Fr. Norbert-Éric Abekan/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

Ivorian Priest Calls for Collaboration in Tackling Terrorism after Burkina Faso Killings

Jun 13, 2021

A Catholic Priest in Ivory Coast is advocating for collaborative strategies in the fight against terrorism following last weekend’s attack on Solham village in Burkina Faso during which at least 160 people lost their lives.

Portraits of Nadine Devillers, Vincent Loques, and Simone Barreto Silva. / Screengrab from the livestream of the Nice attack victims' memorial Nov. 7, 2020.

Pope Francis to Meet with Families of the Victims of the Nice Basilica Attack

Nov 8, 2020

Pope Francis will meet with families of the victims of the Nice basilica attack, the city’s mayor said Saturday at the national memorial service for the victims.

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN).

Burkina Faso’s Bishops Outline Four Conditions for Peaceful November Elections

Nov 7, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Burkina Faso have outlined four conditions that could guarantee peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections in the West African nation slated to take place on November 22.

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square on January 31, 2018. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

One Year After Declaration on Fraternity, Pope Calls for End to Terrorism

Feb 4, 2020

Pope Francis Tuesday marked the first anniversary of the joint signing of the Abu Dhabi document on human fraternity with a video message urging an end to extremism and terrorism.

UCAP Members at the end of their Annual Recollection that held at the Don Bosco Centre in Akosséwa (Lomé), Sunday December 1, 2019. / UCAP-Togo

Catholic Journalists in Togo Pray for Murdered Priests and Victims of Terrorism

Dec 3, 2019

Following the murder of two Salesian Missionary priests working in Burkina Faso earlier this year, members of the Catholic Press Union in the west African nation of Togo (UCAP-Togo) have, on the occasion of their annual recollection day Sunday, December 1, offered special prayers for Fr. César Antonio Ferdnandez and Fr. Fernando Hernàndez as well as other victims of terrorism across the globe.

Protestors demonstrate against terrorism in central Ouagadougou on August 19, 2017. / AFP/Getty Images

Gunmen kill six during Mass in Burkina Faso

Jun 23, 2019

A group of gunmen burned down a Catholic Church during Sunday Mass and killed at least six people, including a priest, in the west African nation of Burkina Faso this morning.