Thousands Attending Beatification Of Albanian Martyrs

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife with additional reporting by Vatican Radio's Linda Bordoni in Romealbaniamartyrs

SHKODER/VATICAN CITY (BosNewsLife)--Dozens of Catholic martyrs who were killed between 1945 and 1974 by Albania's Communist regime for their devoted faith in Jesus Christ have been "beatified" according to Catholic tradition in the northwestern Albanian city of Shkodër.

Concerns Mount Over Kidnapped Catholic Aid Worker In Afghanistan


By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Corresponjudith-PTI-380dent BosNewsLife
NEW DELHI/KABUL (BosNewsLife)-- An abducted Catholic aid worker from India remained missing in Afghanistan Thursday, June 23, despite fresh appeals for her release. Judith D'Souza, 40, was reportedly kidnapped in the capital Kabul on June 9 by a crime group specialized in abducting foreign nationals.

Christian Militia – When Do We Support Them? (COLUMN)


By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The ominous words “Christian militia” have been appearing with increasing frequency in the media. In some cases the words indicate groups that are fighting against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. These are mainly Assyrian Christians who have taken up arms to defend their homelands.

Catholic Group Says Christians Face Eradication In Several Nations


By Stefan J, Bos, Chief Internationalk Correspondent BosNewsLife

aidtochurchLONDON/BUDAPEST (BosNewsLife) -- An influential Catholic charity and advocacy group warns in a new report that Christianity may be "eradicated" in several nations as persecution of Christians has worsened over the last two years in countries such as China, Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Sudan and Syria.

Report: Thousands Of Christians Attacked In India; 5 Killed


By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos

latestattackNEW DELHI, INDIA (BosNewsLife)-- Thousands of Christians faced severe persecution and at least five believers were murdered in India last year, a Catholic body said in a report monitored by BosNewsLife Tuesday, February 10. The report released by the India-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) documented 120 attacks on Christians and their institutions, including churches, across India in 2014 alone.

Pope Prays As Niger Violence Kills 15, Destroys 70 Churches

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By BosNewsLife Africa Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos and Linda Bordoni

Baptist_Church_MainVATICAN CITY/NIAMEY (BosNewsLife)-- Pope Francis has appealed for "peace and reconciliation" in Niger where anti-Christian violence killed at least 15 people and more than 70 churches were reportedly torched in what believers called the "greatest loss" in the African nation's recent church history.

Muslim Militants Release 20 Christians In Syria; Priest Under House Arrest


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service

syria-priest-717x450-440x276DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Some 20 Christians kidnapped by fighters linked to terror group al-Qaida in Syria have been released but their priest remained under house arrest Monday, October 13, awaiting an Islamic court trial, church sources said.