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Mission Conference and Mass in NI this weekend

The response to Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Missionary Month has been hugely successful in the Catholic Church across the world - The Irish News.

2019.10.19.

New UN Day of remembrance for victims of sectarianism must lead to concrete action, says ACN

International reports on religious freedom confirm time and again that Christians are the most persecuted group, says ACN.

2019.08.23.

Restrictions on religion on the increase globally, says Pew Research Center

Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion – laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices – increased markedly around the world, says report.

2019.07.21.

Persecution of Christians in Middle East and North Africa is close to genocide, says UK report

“Widespread evidence shows that today, Christians constitute the most widely persecuted religion.”

2019.05.04.

Pope lends solidarity to those persecuted for their faith

Meeting between Pontiff and the husband and daughter of Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Christian sentenced to death for alleged blasphemy, as well as Nigerian Rebecca Bitrus, who escaped from Boko Haram after two years in captivity.

2018.02.27.

Kidnapped nuns released in Nigeria

"We are happy; to God be the glory", said Sister Agatha Osarekhoe, Superior General of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart of Christ, announcing the release of the sisters.

2018.01.11.

Women’s Interfaith Council in Nigeria honours Irish missionary

Sr Kathleen McGarvey helped set up WIC in 2010 to enable Muslim and Christian women tackle issues of common concern such as health, literacy, unemployment and violence – both domestic and interreligious.

2017.10.31.

Kildare & Leighlin to be twinned with Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria for WMF2018

“We talk a lot about the challenges of family life but those of you who are here today are here because you know that overall the family brings a fulfilment into your lives that is quite unique.”

2017.08.29.

Gun attack on Nigerian Catholic church leaves 11 dead

“The gunmen came thinking that their target was in the church but he was not.”

2017.08.08.

Nigerian schoolgirls freed by Boko Haram

The Nigerian government announced the release of the young women who were among 300 abducted from the high school in Chibok in April 2014. Ever since then a high profile campaign has been under way under the title ‘Bring Back Our Girls’.

2017.05.11.

Christian are the most persecuted

“Christian responses to persecution are almost always nonviolent and, with very few exceptions, do not involve acts of terrorism,” states recent report.

2017.04.27.

Thousands attend OLA-SMA Knock pilgrimage

“Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger and exploitation, much like our forefathers at the time of the famine."

2016.06.01.

OLA nun helps victims of Boko Haram in Nigeria

Sr Anne Falola OLA reports on the efforts of the newly opened Maria Centre in the Nigerian capital Abuja to support those displaced by Boko Haram’s violence.

2016.03.12.

Report highlights difficulties of Nigerian Christians

In several areas the Christian presence has become virtually extinct; elsewhere congregations have grown due to an influx of Christians fleeing violence.

2016.03.07.

Syrian Archbishop recounts desperate suffering

“At this very moment, bombs are raining down on the residential neighbourhoods of the city. There may be as many as 60 dead and 300 wounded."

2015.10.01.

ACN gave €100m in aid to persecuted Christians

Charity provided eight schools in Dohuk and Erbil in Kurdish northern Iraq to where 120,000 Christians fled last summer after attacks by so-called Islamic State.

2015.06.10.

Family relieved as Irish priest released from captivity

Delight in Co Mayo as missionary Fr Billy Sheridan SMA, who was kidnapped north-west Nigeria, released unhurt.

2015.05.23.

Women and girls rescued from Boko Haram

The Nigerian army has found graves containing hundreds of decomposing bodies including those of women and children in Damasak, Borno State.

2015.05.04.

Kidnapped schoolgirls remembered in Nigeria

“Not only have the girls not been released but nothing is known about their fate" - Mgr Kaigama.

2015.04.16.

Christians are called to be people who treasure life

“I cannot celebrate the light of Christ without thinking of those students in Kenya singled out to be killed precisely because of their Christian identity" - Archbishop Martin.

2015.04.05.

Offensive against Boko Haram amid elections

Up to 90% of the area occupied by Boko Haram has been freed in recent weeks by the Nigerian army.

2015.03.30.

Nigerian bishops concerned by election deferral

Aid to the Church in Need has highlighted fears of a Muslim-Christian conflict during the election period.

2015.02.12.

Drastic action needed on Boko Haram: Bishop

Western military intervention is the only viable option in the fight against Nigerian militants, who are now allied to Islamic State.

2015.01.21.

Up to 2000 feared dead in Boko Haram attack

Amnesty International warns that Boko Haram has deliberately targeted civilians through raids and bomb attacks, both of which have been increasing in frequency and severity.

2015.01.12.

PLC’s Cora Sherlock makes BBC’s 100 women list

Pro-life activist is the only Irish woman to make it on to the prestigious list of 'women to watch for the future'.

2014.10.30.

Boko Haram’s terror continues despite ceasefire

Bishop Oliver Doeme of Maiduguri warns "There is a religious undertone to this whole mess.”

2014.10.28.

2,500 Nigerian catholics dead in Boko Haram violence

Bishop of Maiduguri takes refuge with thousands of his faithful in parish in Yola in Adamawa state.

2014.09.17.

Pope concerned by anti-Christian violence in Africa

Pontiff warns of urgent need to promote a dialogue of life with Muslims to discourage violence against Christians.

2014.09.08.

Over ninety more Nigerians kidnapped

"What is happening today lies in the years of corruption and mismanagement of state resources which consigned our citizens to a life of misery and squalor” - Bishop.

2014.06.26.

Search for kidnapped Nigerian girls scaled down

More than 69 days since schoolgirls were taken from their school by Boko Haram.

2014.06.23.
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