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Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala, Uganda.

“It is forbidden to distribute, receive Holy Communion in the hands”: Ugandan Archbishop

By Jude Atemanke, PML Daily, February 4, 2020 In what could be considered a controversial move, the Archbishop of Kampala in Uganda, has issued a decree forbidding the reception of Holy Communion in the hand in order to promote reverence for the Eucharist and to stop... read more

Writers’ body to take Nigerian crisis to the Vatican, White House

Christians are subjected to all sorts of violence in this West African country By Lucie Sarr, LaCroix, January 17, 2020 The Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has said it would inform Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump about the repeated attacks on Christians in... read more

29 Missionaries lost their lives in 2019, Vatican says

By John Burger, Aletia, January 7, 2020 Africa bears the greatest burden for second year in a row. Twenty-nine missionaries were killed throughout the world in 2019, according to Fides, the information service of the Vatican’s Pontifical Mission Societies. Most of those killed were... read more

Cardinal Sarah: Nigerians killed by the Islamic State are “martyrs”

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Jan 2, 2020 / 12:00 pm (CNA).- African Church leaders have responded to the reported Dec. 26 execution of 11 Nigerian Christians by a terrorist group affiliated with the Islamic State. The priest’s comments referred to a Dec. 26 video depicting militants beheading 10... read more

Pope appoints new archbishop for booming African diocese

CNA, December 30, 2019 Pope Francis has promoted an African bishop known for his emphasis on family, community, and traditional values. In an announcement released on Monday, the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the pope has named Bishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya as the new Archbishop of Bamenda in... read more
Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Church Unearthed in Ethiopia Rewrites the History of Christianity in Africa

Archaeologists now can more closely date when the religion spread to the Aksumite Empire Site By Andrew Lawler, SmithsonianMag.com, December 10, 2019 In the dusty highlands of northern Ethiopia, a team of archaeologists recently uncovered the oldest known Christian church in sub-Saharan... read more

ISIS terrorists mark Christmas by beheading 10 Christians on video

By Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, December 27, 2019 Ten Christians were beheaded and one other was shot dead by an ISIS-linked group in Nigeria in an act designed to coincide with Christmas. A video recorded before the execution in the war-torn state of Borno shows a group of 12 men and... read more
Author with Fulani men in Nigeria.

The New War Against Africa’s Christians

Fulani raiders ‘are Islamic extremists of a new stripe, more or less linked with Boko Haram,’ but present throughout Nigeria. By Bernard-Henri Lévy, WSJ, Dec. 20, 2019 5:16 pm ET A slow-motion war is under way in Africa’s most populous country. It’s a massacre of Christians, massive... read more

There were over 800 extremist attacks in West Africa in 2019

By Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency, December 19, 2019 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso- Extremist attacks have risen dramatically in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, from 180 incidents in 2017 to more than 800 violent attacks in 2019, according to the Center for Strategic and International... read more

Burkina Faso bishop: As violence continues, ‘nobody is listening’

Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso, Dec 5, 2019 / 12:09 am (CNA).- Following the death of more than a dozen Christians in a church shooting over the weekend, a Burkina Faso bishop said Western governments have a responsibility to stop the flow of weapons to militants in the region. Kientega argued that... read more

UN suspends work with Catholic charity in CAR after CNN investigation into pedophile priest

By Richard Roth, Samantha Tapfumaneyi and Sebastian Shukla, CNN, November 22, 2019 The United Nations has temporarily suspended its work with the Central African Republic branch of Caritas Internationalis after it emerged that the director of the Catholic charity there was a convicted... read more
Churchgoers pray during a morning service at the Saint Charles Catholic Church, the site of a 2014 bomb attack blamed on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, in Kano, northern Nigeria (Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis.)

Anti-Christian carnage in Nigeria could be global security nightmare

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