Christian community in Nigeria rocked by new wave of attacks

Abuja, Nigeria, Aug 7, 2012 / 05:32 pm (CNA).- Nigerian Christians are losing patience after an Aug. 6 attack on a church service in a central region of the country that killed twenty-five Christians. There is “not any religion in the world that accepts the killing of innocent people at their worshipping centers,” Tunde Ishaku, a leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria told the Christian Science Monitor. “We have to be serious now and take urgent action for the … [Read more...]

Cardinal urges newly ordained to not let priestly life become routine

Lima, Peru, Aug 7, 2012 / 04:06 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Juan Cipriani of Lima exhorted a group of five newly ordained priests not allow their ministries to become mundane, and to remember that friendship with Christ means sacrifice for others. “Don’t let the treasure of the sacrament of holy orders be harmed by routine. Let your faith allow you to see the light,” Cardinal Cipriani said at the Mass of ordination for the new priests on Aug. 4. “Remember always the day … [Read more...]

Advocate says disabled have right to live, experience God’s love

Madrid, Spain, Aug 7, 2012 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In response to societal discrimination against those with disabilities, a blind Spanish advocate says people with handicaps have the right to live and encounter the love of God and others. Disabled persons “have a right to discover and experience in their lives that God is their companion on their journey, that he is committed to their lives and makes a covenant with them,” said Ignacio Segura Madico, vice president of the … [Read more...]

Two more Iranian pastors imprisoned for Christian faith

Washington D.C., Aug 7, 2012 / 11:45 am (CNA).- Two Christian pastors in Iran have been put in prison and are “facing grave danger” due to their faith, said the leader of a Washington, D.C.-based law center that advocates global religious freedom. Pastors Farshid Fathi and Behnam Irani have been “targeted by the Iranian government” and are “being punished for their Christian beliefs,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law … [Read more...]

Pope’s support for Knights shows religious freedom not partisan

Anaheim, Calif., Aug 7, 2012 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore believes that Pope Benedict's praise for the Knights of Columbus' efforts to defend religious freedom shows that the issue is broader than the confines of American politics.The Pope's recent letter affirming the Knights, Archbishop Lori added, puts to rest suggestions that the group's religious liberty efforts have right-wing affiliations.“This letter from the … [Read more...]

French bishops ask faithful to pray for families and country Aug. 15

Paris, France, Aug 7, 2012 / 02:27 am (CNA).- Leaders of the Catholic Church in France have asked all Catholic dioceses to unite in prayer for the country's future and common good on the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.Monsignor Bernard Podvin, the French Catholic bishops’ conference spokesman, said in a July 30 announcement that social and economic crises made it “essential to raise awareness” and ask for guidance regarding “our personal and collective … [Read more...]

Bishops protest advance of Philippines ‘reproductive health’ bill

Manila, Philippines, Aug 7, 2012 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A “reproductive health” bill that would mandate sex education in schools and subsidize contraceptives will be “tragic and catastrophic” for Filipinos if it is passed into law, the Philippines’ Catholic bishops said.The bill advanced in the Philippine Congress on Aug. 6 after 14 years of consideration.“May God have mercy on our Congress,” said Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo of Jaro, … [Read more...]