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Shahnaz Bhatti: testimony of a Catholic nun who served in Afghanistan

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“The most trying thing was not being able to move about freely, because, as women, we always had to be accompanied by a man.”

Iraq’s Islamist extremists are emboldened by Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

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“It is definitely true that the mentality of ISIS still exists in Iraq and Syria among certain parts of the population.”

‘After the Taliban killed my parents, I fled Afghanistan when I was eight years old’

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“One day I came home from school to find that the Taliban had destroyed our home and killed my parents. My brother and I were forced to flee Afghanistan.”

Sister Clara’s dream for the future of children in Iraq comes true

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“Our goal was to offer young people a place of reconciliation and healing after being displaced by ISIS and living for so many years as refugees.”

Missionary: ‘our exit from Afghanistan was a real miracle’

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“If we hadn’t left on that day, we might quite possibly not have been able to get away.”

Taliban-linked threat in Pakistan: churches increase security

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“Now that the Taliban are back, it will strengthen Islamist groups and so there could be attacks.”

A Catholic community in Vietnam is still not recognized by government

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 “Catholic communities here are not granted permits to buy land to erect chapels, so they have to use their houses as chapels.”

Living in fear and misery after church attacks in Bangladesh

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“As the attacks took place, I fled to the forest with my family out of fear.”

In Afghanistan, a dark future for religious freedom

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“All those who do not espouse the extreme Islamist views of the Taliban are at risk, even moderate Sunni.”

Irish dioceses are reviving ‘Mass Rocks’ tradition

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Protestant England sought to extinguish the Catholic faith from the island. That was the time when Catholics gathered in remote and isolated spots where Mass was celebrated in secret.

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