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A parish destroyed by Boko Haram during its Oct. 29 seizure of Mubi, in Nigeria's Adamawa state. Credit: Diocese of Maiduguri.
A parish destroyed by Boko Haram during its Oct. 29 seizure of Mubi, in Nigeria's Adamawa state. Credit: Diocese of Maiduguri.


Facing Boko Haram: Nigerians ‘Storm The Heavens With Prayers’

Boko Haram’s expansion has meant murders, forced conversion, and forcible expulsion from homes, causing Catholics in Nigeria to pray and to reach out to help and console the militant Islamist group’s victims. “Brothers and sisters, there is no better time to storm the heavens with prayers and petitions than now,” Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos […]

Myanmar - Burma
Myanmar - Burma


Catholic Church Marks 500 Years In Myanmar

By John Zaw and Michael Sainsbury, Thousands of Catholics arrived in Yangon on Friday for the start of a three-day celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Catholicism in Myanmar. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai, attended the opening ceremony of the celebration at St Mary’s Cathedral in Yangon on behalf of Pope […]

al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem. Photograph taken by Mark A. Wilson
al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem. Photograph taken by Mark A. Wilson


West Bank Clashes After Friday Prayers

Several riots were reported throughout the West Bank Friday afternoon following weekly sermons. Around 350 Palestinians demonstrated in Hebron, Israel Radio reported. Rioters were hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, who were responding with non-lethal means to disperse the protesters. Another hundred people were demonstrating and assaulting security forces near Nablus, where soldiers were […]

Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India, which holds holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Photo by Nima Sareh, Wikipedia Commons.
Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, India, which holds holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Photo by Nima Sareh, Wikipedia Commons.


India: Millions Arriving In Goa For Francis Xavier

Five million people are expected to flood Goa, India in order to venerate the remains of 16th century Spanish missionary Francis Xavier. The remains will be on display for 40 days beginning this weekend ans it is a decade event. Officially called the “Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier”, it has become […]

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh


Grand Mufti: Steer Clear Of Anti-Islamic Websites

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Ifta, said the cyber war waged by anti-Islamic websites are promoting division among Muslims. He called on young men and women to be cautious of these misleading sites, which seem to call for good, but are actually causing dissemination […]