Nigerian bishop says Boko Haram murdered 2,500 in his diocese

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sep 18, 2014 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri has denounced the militant Islamist group Boko Haram for the murders of more than 2,500 faithful in his Nigerian diocese. Bishop Doeme is currently taking refuge in the Nigerian state of Adamawa, together with thousands of faithful, Fides news agency reports. The bishop denounced Boko Haram in an interview with the newspaper ThisDay. He said most of the refugees in his area escaped being … [Read more...]

Being honest about our sin ‘opens us to the Lord’s caress’

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2014 / 06:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At daily Mass, Pope Francis drew from the Gospel reading of the woman who washed Christ's feet with her tears – noting God's tender response to those who have the humility to acknowledge their sin.“...the ability to acknowledge our own sins, to acknowledge our misery, to acknowledge what we are and what we are capable of doing or have done is the very door that opens us to the Lord’s caress, His … [Read more...]

Catholic women’s conference refreshes moms, forges friendships

Austin, Texas, Sep 18, 2014 / 04:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A pair of Catholic authors has found a new way to give mothers some time off while helping break the social isolation that can sometimes come with modern parenting: throw a weekend-long party just for moms. “We just felt a need to bring all these women together and just let them relax and be pampered and put their feet up and just be rejuvenated through relaxation,” conference co-founder and author Hallie Lord told … [Read more...]

Curia reform advances as cardinals, minors protection group meet

Vatican City, Sep 18, 2014 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Pope Francis' council of cardinals for curia reform gather this week in Rome, the newly-created Pontifical Commission for Protection for minors will soon meet to finish creating its statutes. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican's press office, announced in a briefing with journalists Sep. 17 that the commission will hold its next meeting Oct. 4-5. Monsignor Robert W. Oliver was appointed secretary of the … [Read more...]

Cardinal O’Malley: Congress must remedy taxpayer abortion funding

Washington D.C., Sep 18, 2014 / 02:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the U.S. bishops’ pro-life committee has renewed a call for Congressional action after a new report verified the bishops’ repeated warnings of taxpayer-funded abortion in the Affordable Care Act. “This report confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage that we raised both before and after enactment of the Affordable Care Act by Congress,” said Cardinal Seán … [Read more...]

Pope’s visit will change Philippines, Cardinal Tagle hopes

Manila, Philippines, Sep 18, 2014 / 12:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines in January will be an opportunity to lead the Church in the country down “new roads in the faith and in the mission,” said Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila. “Pope Francis’ pastoral visit, centered on mercy and compassion, will undoubtedly offer great opportunities to experience grace, to hear a call, to question our comfortable surroundings, to value the … [Read more...]

Relief workers welcome US action against Ebola

Washington D.C., Sep 17, 2014 / 04:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- President Barack Obama’s announcement of personnel and other aid to combat the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa drew praise from relief workers involved in the region. “The situation in West Africa requires an unprecedented response, and we appreciate President Obama’s commitment to scale-up U.S. government resources so the current outbreak can be contained,” Michael Ghebrab, Catholic Relief … [Read more...]


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