Church Bombings In Philippines Kill 20, Injure Dozens

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by Linda Bordoni and Robin Gomes MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife) -- Two bomb blasts shook a Catholic cathedral in the troubled southern Philippines where Islamic militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding some 80 others, police officials said.

MISSION WATCH: ‘Trigger-Happy’ Philippines President Enabling Missionaries To Preach Gospel Among Drugs Addicts, Dealers

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)-- Christian missionaries in the Philippines say "trigger-happy" President Rodrigo Duterte is enabling them to "spread the Gospel" and help drugs addicts and victims of Islamic terrorism. "Hundreds of thousands of users and sellers of illicit drugs have surrendered to avoid being gunned down by police under President Duterte's lethal crack-down," noted the Christian Aid Mission (CAM) group.

Philippines Concerns Over Christian Hostages As Fighting Intensifies

Listen to Alastair Wanklyn via Vatican Radio: RealAudioMP3 By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by Correspondent Alastair Wanklyn philippinesZAMBOANGA CITY (BosNewsLife)-- Hundreds of residents, including many Christians, remained trapped or were held hostage as fighting intensified in the Southern Philippines Saturday, September 14, between government forces and Muslim separatists in suburbs of Zamboanga city.

BREAKING NEWS: Concerns Over Philippines Christian Hostages As Rebels Extend Fight

By BosNewsLife Asia Service maximumrebelsMANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)-- Muslim rebels joined forces to fight government troops Thursday, September 12, raising concerns about a pastor and several other Christians who were believed to remain among some 180 hostages in the southern Philippines.  

BREAKING NEWS: Pastor Among Hostages Held By Muslim Rebels In Philippines; 8 Killed

By BosNewsLife Asia Service philippines460_794328cMANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)-- About 200 Muslim rebels were holding a pastor and nearly 300 other people hostage on Monday, September 9, in the southern Philippines following fierce clashes with government forces that left at least eight people dead, officials and a Christian aid group said.

Global Christmas Celebrations Overshadowed By Violence (ROUND-UP)

By BosNewsLife News Center with reports from Vatican, Africa, Asia and Middle East
VATICAN CITY/MANILA/ABUJA/BAGHDAD/JERUSALEM (BosNewsLife)-- Christmas celebrations have been overshadowed by deadly violence against Christians in Africa and Asia, while several church services in the Middle East were canceled due to concerns over terror attacks.

BREAKING NEWS: Philippines Church Blast Injures Six People

By BosNewsLife Asia Service
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)-- Six people were injured when a bomb rocked an early morning Christmas mass in a church at a military base on a Muslim-dominated southern island in the Philippines, the military said.

Freed Priest Denies Islamic Rebel Group Kidnapped Him

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with reporting by BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos fr_michael_sinnott1MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)-- A frail 79-year-old Irish Catholic priest, who was released after one month of captivity in the Philippines, denied Friday, November 13, that an Islamic rebel group had kidnapped him.

BREAKING NEWS: Al-Qaeda-linked Group Beheads Kidnapped Christian Farmer

By BosNewsLife Asia Service with BosNewsLife's Stefan J. Bos MANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)-- An elderly Christian farmer who was abducted in the Philippines nearly a month ago has been beheaded by a group with links to the Al-Qaeda terror group, the latest in a series of attacks against Christians, rights investigators confirmed Tuesday, May 19.

Christians Among Executed, Tortured People in Philippines

By BosNewsLife Asia Service militarynowMANILA, PHILIPPINES (BosNewsLife)-- A Protestant pastor who says he was tortured while being detained in the Philippines has warned of widespread killings and other attacks against church members in the Asian nation.