The Story of a Young man who saved the Blessed Sacrament from ISIS and became a Priest

Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the imminent invasion of Islamic State terrorists in his hometown. Now, he is returning to his native village as a priest, ready to serve the people through the Eucharist. On August 6, 2014, Baani… Continue reading The Story of a Young man who saved the Blessed Sacrament from ISIS and became a Priest

Coptic Christians massacred by gunmen in Egypt

Reports say 26 Coptic pilgrims were killed while travelling to a monastery At least 26 Coptic Christians have reportedly been killed by gunmen in Egypt. The Christians were travelling by bus to a monastery when they were attacked. Many of those killed were children, according to the New York Times. Health officials said that the… Continue reading Coptic Christians massacred by gunmen in Egypt

Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel is officially opened

The Archbishop of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass The Diocese of Rouen has opened the canonisation Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel, who was murdered while celebrating Mass last year. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen announced the news at a Chrism Mass, where all the diocesan priests were gathered, according to La Croix.… Continue reading Cause of Fr Jacques Hamel is officially opened

Death toll rises following Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

ISIS claims responsibility for the latest attacks on the country’s Christian minority that have left at least 43 people dead and more than 100 injured Bombs exploded at two Coptic churches in different cities in northern Egypt as worshippers were celebrating Palm Sunday, killing at least 43 people and wounding about 100 in an assault… Continue reading Death toll rises following Egypt church bombings on Palm Sunday

Egyptian Christian shot dead by militants in front of his wife and child

The murder – the sixth in less than a month – comes after ISIS promised to step up its attacks Egyptian security officials say suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian inside his home in northern Sinai, the sixth such killing in a month’s time in the restive region. The officials said on Friday that… Continue reading Egyptian Christian shot dead by militants in front of his wife and child

Militants kill two Christians in Egypt’s Sinai

The murders come days after an ISIS video vowed to increase attacks on minority groups Egyptian security officials say suspected militants have killed two Christians in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, days after an ISIS affiliate group vowed to step up a wave of attacks on Christians. The officials said Saad Hana, 65, was… Continue reading Militants kill two Christians in Egypt’s Sinai

Innocent children forced into horrid orphanages and a life of terrorism

Innocent and terrified boys, aged from three to 16, entered what appeared to be a Mosul orphanage with tears streaming down their faces asking about their parents. The boys’ parents went missing after Islamic State militants raided through Northern Iraq in 2014, and the boys were taken straight to an Islamic State training facility in… Continue reading Innocent children forced into horrid orphanages and a life of terrorism

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017 Last year proved beyond all doubt that journalists are terrible at predicting the future. Few commentators foresaw Brexit, the emergence of François Fillon in France or Donald Trump’s presidency. With that in mind, we offer this guide to 10 topics that are likely… Continue reading Ten stories to watch in 2017

Egyptian cathedral restored after December bombing

Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Cairo has been rebuilt by the Egyptian army corps of engineers after a terrorist attack last month left 27 dead. The restoration was by direct order of President Abdel Fattah Sisi so that Coptic Christians could celebrate the feast of Christmas there. The Egyptian army corps of engineers has completed… Continue reading Egyptian cathedral restored after December bombing

Turkish bishop says Catholics are ‘afraid of coming to Mass’ after terror attacks

Bishop Tierrablanca said police had stepped up security at churches since last year’s coup attempt A Church leader in Turkey has said that Catholics are fearful about attending church after recent terrorist attacks, but insisted that Christians could count on government protection. “Although we can move around freely, people are understandably afraid of coming to… Continue reading Turkish bishop says Catholics are ‘afraid of coming to Mass’ after terror attacks

Islamic State takes responsibility for MONSTROUS ATTACK on 600 innocent people celebrating New Year

A gunman opened fire on an Istanbul nightclub holding 600 innocent people early New Year’s day. One-hundred-and-eighty bullets rained out of the gunman’s AK-47 in just under seven minutes. Thirty-nine people were murdered, and 70 others were injured. The gunman escaped during the chaotic uproar, causing Turkish police to launch one of their biggest manhunts… Continue reading Islamic State takes responsibility for MONSTROUS ATTACK on 600 innocent people celebrating New Year

Terrorists responsible for St. Mark's Cathedral attack finally named

When St. Mark’s Cathedral was attacked, 25 people – primarily women and children – were killed. At least 25 people were killed and another 49 were injured in the explosion. The investigation continues but many witnesses reported a bomb was placed in the women’s seating section of the cathedral by a woman who then left… Continue reading Terrorists responsible for St. Mark's Cathedral attack finally named

Bombing of Coptic chapel during Mass in Cairo kills 25 people

The attack is one of the deadliest against Egypt’s Christians in recent memory A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday Mass, one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory and a grim reminder of Egypt’s… Continue reading Bombing of Coptic chapel during Mass in Cairo kills 25 people

Syriac Catholic patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’

Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month The Syriac Catholic patriarch said he was horrified to see widespread devastation and what he called “ghost towns” during a recent visit to northern Iraq. Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan wrote in an email to Catholic News Service that there was little… Continue reading Syriac Catholic patriarch ‘horrified’ after seeing Iraqi ‘ghost towns’

TOUGH CLASS: The one class these children take to determine if they live or die

As children return home to their villages in northern Iraq, they are expected to take a very important class. How they do in that class will determine if they live or die No class in the world is as serious as the one offered to Iraqi schoolchildren returning to their liberated villages outside of Mosul.… Continue reading TOUGH CLASS: The one class these children take to determine if they live or die

Iraqi Christians determined to return to their homes, says archbishop

Archbishop Bashar Warda said 100,000 people have begun preparations to return to ancient towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain Displaced Iraqi Christians are determined to return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIS, according to the bishop who has led the relief effort during their period of exile. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil… Continue reading Iraqi Christians determined to return to their homes, says archbishop

Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

The villagers have been moved to a nearby camp for their safety Iraqi special forces have moved more than 1,000 people from villages near the front lines of the battle to retake the ISIS-held city of Mosul. Special forces Maj Gen Haider Fadhil says the residents of Tob Zawa and other nearby villages have been taken… Continue reading Iraqi forces evacuate 1,000 civilians from Mosul front lines

12 dead in latest Mandera shooting – Christians targeted in attack

Islamic extremists opened fire in Kenya’s northern Mandera County on Tuesday, killing twelve people. Somalia’s al-Shebab rebels claimed responsibility for the shooting, which occurred on the Bishaaro Guest House. Andalus, the terrorist’s radio station, reported the attack was meant to target Christians. Mohamed Saleh, Mandera’s regional commander, said the group made their way into Bishaaro… Continue reading 12 dead in latest Mandera shooting – Christians targeted in attack

10-year-old girl prays for miracle and God delivers

Ten-year-old Aysha lived in Kafer, Iraq, just outside the ISIS-held city of Mosul. The Islamic State fought fiercely just outside her village, leaving a trail of death, horror and grief. Kafer was under ISIS control for over two years until October this year, when Iraqi troops fought their way into the village on their way… Continue reading 10-year-old girl prays for miracle and God delivers

France to ban all Christian symbols in latest attempt to 'fight the advance of political Islam'

In a desperate attempt to keep Muslim women from wearing their religious garb, National Front leader Marine Le Pen has offered a controversial proposal. The conservative leader suggested all religious clothing and symbols should be banned in France. According to Christian Today, Le Pen made the announcement on Sunday. Should she be elected France’s next… Continue reading France to ban all Christian symbols in latest attempt to 'fight the advance of political Islam'