Saudi Bombers ‘Seriously Damage’ Church in Yemen

 – May 2015

According to Agenzia Fides, a Catholic church in Yemen was seriously damaged during a Saudi bombing raid around mid-May.

The church of the Immaculate Conception in Aden was earlier occupied by Houthi rebels who had vandalized the interior of the church.

The air strike by Saudi bombers—in support of the Yemeni government in its struggle with the rebels—did further damage to the structure.

Only one Catholic priest remains in Yemen. Two priests fled the country to escape the violence, while another, who was out of the country when fighting began, has been unable to return.

Twenty members of the Missionaries of Charities have chosen to remain in the war-torn country, tending to the sick and the poor.