Catholic groups unite to help Iraqis ousted by extremists

Mosul, Iraq, Aug 6, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services and Caritas have agreed to a common plan to help those who have fled from their homes in the portions of northern Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State. The militant Sunni Islamist organization Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was among the rebels fighting in the Syrian civil war; this spring it spread its operations to Iraq, taking control of Mosul and swaths of territory in the country's north and west. It has … [Read more...]

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Do not become a prisoner of fear, Nigerian bishop urges

Jos, Nigeria, Aug 6, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, a city in northern Nigeria, has stressed the importance of remaining present to his people despite the looming threat posed by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. “I go out. I never miss any public functions or ceremonies. That tells (my priest and religious) that I am with them, and with the people,” Archbishop Kaigama told Aid to the Church in Need July 31 while in New York. “I go … [Read more...]

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Boston cardinal chides new Massachusetts buffer zone law

Boston, Mass., Aug 6, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston has criticized a new Massachusetts law re-establishing buffer zones around abortion clinics after the old law was recently struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In an Aug. 1 statement, the cardinal lamented that “the effect again is to make it very difficult for citizens seeking to offer alternatives to women contemplating an abortion.” The law would forbid anyone from … [Read more...]

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Aid workers grateful for Gaza ceasefire, but remain wary

Jerusalem, Israel, Aug 5, 2014 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is offering locals and aid workers invaluable time to safely secure essential supplies, but many remain skeptical that it will bring an end to the region’s ongoing violence. “Everyone, unfortunately, has become very skeptical of the ceasefires at this point,” said Matthew McGarry, Catholic Relief Services’ representative for Jerusalem, Gaza and the West … [Read more...]

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Bring Jesus to those outside Church, Pope tells altar servers

Vatican City, Aug 5, 2014 / 04:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday met with more than 50,000 altar servers on an annual pilgrimage to Rome from Germany, urging them to bring Jesus to the world, especially those outside the Church. “You are called to speak of Jesus to your contemporaries, not only those within your parishes or associations, but especially to those outside,” he told the altar servers after a Vespers prayer service Aug. 5. He stressed that there must … [Read more...]

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Catholic religious brother dies of Ebola in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia, Aug 5, 2014 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Liberia have announced that a hospital director passed away Aug. 2 after contracting the Ebola virus. Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, had been a member of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God for 23 years. He reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29, just two weeks after testing negative for the illness. So far the Ebola virus has … [Read more...]

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Three US states back EWTN religious liberty lawsuit

Washington D.C., Aug 5, 2014 / 12:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alabama, Georgia, and Florida each filed legal briefs on Monday in support of EWTN in a lawsuit over the HHS mandate, saying the federal rule unjustly and illegally burdens the network’s religious freedom. “We are grateful for all the support that we have received in our fight for religious freedom,” EWTN chairman Michael Warsaw said Aug. 4. With their “amicus curiae” briefs, the three states join 20 … [Read more...]

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