Christians assess damage on Iraq’s Nineveh plain, ravaged by ISIS

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 24, 2017 / 12:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “I don't understand how people can harm each other so much,” sighs security guard Louis Petrus. Petrus recently returned to his hometown for the first time: the Christian city of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, which he had to flee in August 2014, when Islamic State captured the largest Christian city on the Nineveh plain.He told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need: “Look at my house: it is … [Read more...]

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‘We must never become accustomed’ to the Holy Land occupation

Jerusalem, Jan 20, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The 50 year-long of occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza by Israel must be at the attention of every Christian and demands resolution, the chair of the Holy Land Coordination said Thursday.“Our Coordination has called for justice and peace every year since 1998, yet the suffering continues. So this call must get louder. As Bishops we implore Christians in our home countries to recognize our own responsibility for … [Read more...]

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Don’t give in to complacency, Nigerian archbishop warns

Shendam, Nigeria, Jan 19, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A prominent Nigerian archbishop last week advised his fellow clergy against a sense of complacency and security which ends up damaging the Church.“I have observed among us priests and religious is a lack of proper sense of mission, a lack of serious missionary commitment and a lack of missionary creativity,” Archbishop Mathew Man’Oso Ndagoso of Kaduna said in his Jan. 11 homily for the episcopal consecration of … [Read more...]

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Is a Christian pastor facing trumped-up charges in Sudan?

Khartoum, Sudan, Jan 8, 2017 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Charges have been dropped against one Christian pastor in Sudan, but another pastor could face execution for what his defenders say are trumped-up charges based on animosity toward their religion.In November 2015, Kuwa Shamal and Hassan Abduraheem attended a Christian conference where Abduraheem was a speaker, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which is supporting the pastors.During his speech, Abduraheem showed a … [Read more...]

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Egyptian cathedral restored after December bombing

Cairo, Egypt, Jan 5, 2017 / 06:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Egyptian army corps of engineers has completed the restoration of Saint Mark's Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, where a terrorist attack last month left 27 dead.In a statement published on their Facebook page, the Egyptian Army reported that the areas of the church damaged by the attack were quickly repaired by direct order of President Abdel Fattah Sisi so that Coptic Christians could celebrate the feast of Christmas there.Coptic … [Read more...]

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In Egypt, Christians maintain trust in God amid sorrow

Asyut, Egypt, Jan 4, 2017 / 06:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, Egypt, commenting on the Dec. 11, 2016 suicide bomber attack that killed 26 people and wounded scores at an Orthodox church in Cairo, confirms that the country’s Christian community fears further violence and terror.But in a Dec. 22, 2016 interview with international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, he also sounded a note of hope, citing the efforts of Egyptian … [Read more...]

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What Christians are finding as they return to the Nineveh Plain

Mosul, Iraq, Jan 3, 2017 / 11:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As villages on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain are liberated from Islamic State forces, the Christians who lived there have returned, only to find destruction and betrayal.“(When) we went to see what happened to our hometowns, we could not believe the hatred and the revenge that ISIS has against us,” said Sister Diana Momeka, a nun with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena who ministers to those displaced by … [Read more...]

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