Bishop: government corruption a factor in Boko Haram violence

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jun 24, 2014 / 05:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of a northern Nigerian diocese said at a conference last week that among the factors which has led to violence by a radial Islamist group there is the government's corruption and lack of administration. “The grounds (Boko Haram) have against the Nigerian state are basically the same as ordinary Nigerians have about the persistence of corruption, the growing inequalities, the fact that the … [Read more...]

Discrimination order sparks fears over religious liberty

Washington D.C., Jun 24, 2014 / 04:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While affirming the dignity of every human person, Catholic and family advocates are voicing concern over reports of an anti-discrimination executive order that could undermine religious freedom. A group of U.S. Catholic bishops issued a statement noting “great concern” over “the reported intention of the President of the United States to issue an executive order forbidding what the Administration considers … [Read more...]

AP issues massive correction on Ireland child burial story

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 24, 2014 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Associated Press has retracted key claims from its reports of an Irish Catholic home for unwed mothers supposedly burying hundreds of unbaptized infants in a septic tank. A correction issued June 20 explained that “the AP quoted a researcher who said she believed that most of the remains of children who died there were interred in a disused septic tank; the researcher has since clarified that without excavation and forensic … [Read more...]

Pope: a Christian does not announce himself, but the Lord

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 09:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily for the feast of John the Baptist’s birth, Pope Francis emphasized that a true Christian puts oneself aside in order for God to be seen, as St. John the Baptist did.  “A Christian does not announce himself, he announces another, prepares the way for another: the Lord,” the Pope observed in his June 24 daily Mass. Celebrating the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the Roman Pontiff … [Read more...]

Sudanese woman sentenced to death re-arrested

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 07:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After having her death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith revoked by a Sudanese court yesterday, Meriam Ibrahim has been re-arrested along with her husband at an airport. According to the BBC, close to 40 security officers detained Ibrahim along with her husband, Daniel Wani - who is a U.S. citizen - and their two children Tuesday at an airport in Sudan’s capitol while attempting to leave the country. Further … [Read more...]

Vatican cricket team to play Church of England in first tour

Vatican City, Jun 24, 2014 / 05:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Peter’s Cricket team begins their “Light of Faith Tour” this fall, which includes a warm-up game against a team from the Royal Household and a final match against the Anglican Church at Canterbury. “We’re very happy that we were able to organize a cricket match against the Anglican Communion,” Fr. Eamon O’Higgins told CNA during a June 24 press conference announcing the cricket team’s … [Read more...]

Saint Faustina play brings message of Divine Mercy to life

Seattle, Wash., Jun 24, 2014 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A once-obscure nun from 1930s Poland would probably be surprised to find that she is the subject of a play travelling all across the United States in 2014. But popular demand was what ultimately drove Leonardo Defilippis, founder of St. Luke productions, to create “Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy”. “It’s amazing how there’s an interest in her. She was kind of hidden (in her life), but Divine Mercy … [Read more...]