Syrian children to unite in prayer for an end to violence

Aleppo, Syria, Sep 26, 2016 / 04:17 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christian and Muslim children of Aleppo, Syria will gather together in prayer on October 6 to plead for an end to the violence and devastation in their city and country.Archbishop Boutros Marayati, the head of the Armenian Catholic archieparchy in Aleppo, told a mission society news agency that the initiative will involve mostly primary school-aged children, who will add their signatures and fingerprints to an appeal to all world … [Read more...]

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Mysterious deaths of mentally ill draw concern from South Africa bishops

Johannesburg, South Africa, Sep 22, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The unexplained deaths of three dozen mentally ill patients in a South African province show the need for action to help this vunerable population, the country’s bishops have said.“As a society, we should never forget that the lives of the mentally ill are precious before God. The lives of the mentally ill should therefore be considered to be more important than the dictates of fiscal efficiency and profit … [Read more...]

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In Ethiopia, Church-run small business program aims for a better tomorrow

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sep 1, 2016 / 08:35 am (CNA).- Making a living is tough in parts of Ethiopia, but a Catholic-run program aims to change that.“When we first began people said to us that we were wasting our time and we would not be successful but we were not discouraged and continued to strive. Within just a year look at what a different story it has become,” said Addisu Mutturu, a beneficiary of the program.The program, called Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience, is run … [Read more...]

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In Ethiopia, Church-run small business program aims for a better tomorrow

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sep 1, 2016 / 08:35 am (CNA).- Making a living is tough in parts of Ethiopia, but a Catholic-run program aims to change that.“When we first began people said to us that we were wasting our time and we would not be successful but we were not discouraged and continued to strive. Within just a year look at what a different story it has become,” said Addisu Mutturu, a beneficiary of the program.The program, called Supporting Horn of Africa Resilience, is run … [Read more...]

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Will Egypt take step towards religious freedom with new law?

Cairo, Egypt, Aug 30, 2016 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians in Egypt are hoping that a new law will make it easier for them to build churches, particularly after old laws effectively forced Christians to celebrate Mass in house churches.“It is vital that the final law that gets passed should be acceptable to all parties and fully consistent with Article 235 of the constitution,” Dwight Bashir, co-director of policy and research at the U.S. Commission on International … [Read more...]

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‘We cannot keep quiet’ – Ugandan archbishop stands against domestic violence

Tororo, Uganda, Aug 26, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An archdiocese in southeastern Uganda aims to eliminate domestic violence.“It’s a concern for the family, it’s a concern for the society, above all, it’s a concern for the Church, and we cannot keep quiet,” Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo of Tororo told the Catholic News Agency of Africa Aug. 17.He said domestic violence is a major challenge present “in almost every family” in his diocese.The … [Read more...]

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In war-torn Syria, Our Lady of Peace Cathedral needs help

Homs, Syria, Aug 11, 2016 / 10:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The war-torn Cathedral of Homs sits in the heart of western Syria.When the area was occupied by the Syrian civil war’s opposition forces, they turned the cathedral into a military headquarters.The occupation took its toll. Icons of the cathedral were stolen, severely damaged or defaced. The marble columns were almost completely ruined. The ambo has been targeted by gunfire, while many furnishings were burned.In the crypt, the … [Read more...]

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