Indonesia’s Prominent Priest Demands End To Church Attacks Ahead Of Presidential Poll

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife reporting from Jakarta, Indonesia

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BosNewsLife)-- The priest of Jakarta Cathedral, Indonesia's most known Catholic parish, has urged the government to prevent a repeat of attacks against churches ahead of upcoming presidential elections. Markus Yumartana, 53, said he hopes authorities would continue on the path of religious tolerance that he claimed surrounded the recent Asian Games, the largest sports event ever held in terror-prone Jakarta, the capital.

Abducted Indian Priest Begging For Life In Video

By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife

NEW DELHI/SANAA (BosNewsLife)-- Christians in the Arabic Peninsula have urged prayers for an Indian priest abducted in Yemen by Islamic militants on March 4, 2016, as New Year's Day was overshadowed by uncertainty over his condition and whereabouts. The appeal came after priest Tom Uzhunnalil was seen begging for his life in video footage published by social media, a day after Christmas.

The Cozy Church (Column)

By Martin Roth, BosNewsLife Senior Columnist

FatherHamelMELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (BosNewsLife Columns)-- The recent murder of a Catholic priest at his church in northern France, by two young men claiming allegiance to Islamic State, brings starkly to Europe a morbid taste of the horrors that have terrorized the church in parts of the Middle East for the past several years.

Vietnam Frees Long-Time Jailed Priest, But Pastor “Killed” By Military

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

indexpriestHANAOI, VIETNAM (BosNewsLife)-- Church officials in Vietnam say one of the country's longest serving prisoners of conscience was released under pressure from the United States, but Christians remain concerned about an alleged Communist government-led crackdown on devoted believers, which included killing an evangelical pastor and a Christian convert.

BREAKING NEWS: Islamic Militants Release Priest Aziz In Syria (UPDATE)


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bospriestmissing

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Suspected Islamic militants have freed Franciscan priest Dhiya Aziz, some two weeks after he was kidnapped in Syria, BosNewsLife learned early Tuesday, January 5.

NEWS ALERT: Priest Missing In Syria As Islamic State Frees Christians


By BosNewsLife Middle East Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos
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DAMASCUS, SYRIA (BosNewsLife)-- Syrian Christians fear that a prominent priest has become the latest victim of ongoing kidnappings by Islamic militants, though dozens of believers were reportedly released by the Islamic State group on Christmas Day.