Asia Bibi – First woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan is freed

May 2019 After a long battle for justice Asia Bibi left her native Pakistan to travel to Canada to be reunited with her family. Arrested on charges of blasphemy in 2009, she was found guilty in November 2010, becoming the first woman to be sentenced to death by hanging for the crime. She continually protested […]

Bombing of Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Philippines

January 2019 Two bombs exploded during Sunday Mass on 27th January. Twenty people were killed and dozens wounded during the blasts at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, southern Philippines. Father Romeo Saniel, Apostolic Administrator of Jolo, told Aid to the Church in Need: “No words can describe the sorrow and […]

Attack on St Ignatius’s Church, Nigeria

April 2018 Father Joseph Gor and Father Felix Tyolaha were among 19 Catholics who died after gunmen opened fire at a 5.30am mass in St Ignatius’s Church. Around 30 terrorists entered the church in Mbalom in Nigeria’s Middle Belt on 24th April 2018. Nine-year-old altar server Oryiman Akule said: “As soon as the priest started […]

RITA HABIB – Daesh (ISIS) captive returns home to Qaraqosh, Iraq

April 2018 Rita Habib – one of the Christian women abducted from Qaraqosh by Daesh (ISIS) and forced into sex slavery – was finally reunited with her father. Ms Habib was transferred from Qaraqosh – the last Christian-majority town in Iraq before falling to the Islamists – to Mosul, before being moved to Syria some […]