Nun in Mali kidnapped by alleged jihadists

Bamako, Mali, Feb 10, 2017 / 02:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Colombian bishops are asking for prayers after a religious sister from Colombia was kidnapped for the home where she served in Mali.Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Mary Immaculate, was abducted by armed men Tuesday night, according to officials.The men forced Sister Cecilia to hand over the keys to the community’s ambulance, according to the superior, Sister Noemi Quesada. The … [Read more...]

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Bishop says the Christian influence in Jordan is still strong

Amman, Jordan, Feb 10, 2017 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jerusalem Bishop William Shomali, newly appointed to the Latin Patriarchate of Jordan, says that although Christians are a very small minority in Jordan, through the Catholic schools, hospitals and charities their presence is strongly felt in the communities.Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, after consultation with the Bishops Council and the Consultative Council of the … [Read more...]

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Proceeds of Vatican art project will go to children’s hospital in CAR

Bangui, Central African Republic, Feb 7, 2017 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Inspired by Pope Francis’ trip to Central African Republic in 2015, a children’s hospital in the country will receive a substantial donation from the proceeds of a mercy-themed art project.The project, entitled “Christo’s box, between Art and Mercy, A Gift for Bangui” was presented at the Vatican Museums in May 2016, during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.When the project came to the Vatican, … [Read more...]

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Nigerian bishop: Evangelize though family, social media

Abuja, Nigeria, Feb 1, 2017 / 09:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For one Catholic bishop in Nigeria, social media and family life are two keys for evangelization and sharing the values of the Catholic Church.“We need to invent new means of forming people’s consciences. We need to form new means of confronting the agents of non-values that are among us. We need to form new means of colonizing the media so that people can hear the voice of the Church,” said Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese … [Read more...]

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Ivory Coast bishops call for dialogue, prayer after mutinies

Katiola, Ivory Coast, Jan 26, 2017 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After two weeks of mutinies over pay by Ivory Coast's army and paramilitary, the nation's bishops are calling for open dialogue on unemployment, working conditions, and the cost of living.“Feelings of frustration and revolt still harbor in the hearts of so many Ivorians,” the Ivory Coast bishops' conference said in a Jan. 23 statement at the conclusion of their plenary assembly in Katiola. “Several … [Read more...]

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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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