Kidnapped Priest Still Missing After Yemen Attack That Killed Four Missionaries of Charity

Kidnapped Priest Still Missing - ADEN, Yemen — Despite a lack of news and the prospect of difficult negotiations ahead, the Salesians remain hopeful that their priest kidnapped in Yemen last week will be freed.

Father Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped March 4 during an attack on a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen.

The attack resulted in the deaths of four Missionaries of Charity, two staff members, eight nursing home residents and a guard, according to reports.

Father Tom — a Salesian from Kerala, India — was praying in the chapel of the convent at the time of the attack and was then kidnapped by the attackers....Read more

Vatican: Number of Catholics Increasing at Faster Rate Than Rest of the Population - VATICAN CITY — The number of Catholics has increased at a faster rate than the rest of the population, newly released statistics by the Vatican reveal.

Over the course of nine years, the number of Catholics worldwide has increased by 17.8%, compared to the global population, which increased by 17.3%.

From 2005 to 2014, the number of Catholics grew from 1.12 billion to 1.27 billion...Read more