Is Boko Haram on the run in Nigeria?

Ibadan, Nigeria, Jan 27, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of southwest Nigeria have praised the country’s apparent progress towards countering the Boko Haram insurgency.“Occurrences of senseless killing by the Boko Haram have decreased and many displaced people are apparently returning to their former homes. We prayerfully congratulate the Nigerian Army and the security forces for their sacrifice and commitment,” the Catholic bishops of the Ibadan Ecclesiastical … [Read more...]

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Satellite images confirm: Iraq’s oldest monastery destroyed by Islamic State

Mosul, Iraq, Jan 22, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Elijah's Monastery in Mosul dated back to the sixth century, making it the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. Muslims and Christians alike have made pilgrimages to the Chaldean Catholic monastery, invoking both poets and historians to write about its religious impact within the Middle East.The Associated Press obtained satellite images this month showing that St. Elijah's, also known as Dair Mar Elia, was demolished by … [Read more...]

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Vocations bloom in the desert: two priests are ordained in United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jan 17, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week Catholics in Southern Arabia gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.Fr. Darick Paul D'Souza and Fr. Arun Raj Manuel were ordained at a Mass in St. Joseph's Cathedral in the capital of the United Arab Emirates Jan. 8, for the Holy Trinity (Karnataka) and St. Francis (Kerala) provinces of the … [Read more...]

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In Ghana, a broken bone can mean starvation. This doctor wants to change that.

Accra, Ghana, Jan 15, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dr. Joseph Marotta, an orthopedic surgeon from Albany, New York, had always intended to use his medical skills to help people in developing countries. But the final inspiration didn’t come until he was 50 years old.“I was sitting at Mass one day and there was an Italian missionary who was working in Sudan and Somalia,” Marotta told CNA Jan. 8.The missionary, he recounted, said: “We need your money, I come to ask … [Read more...]

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Child labor, sexual abuse, death – the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2016 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of a refugee is rarely easy. But it is particularly difficult for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, most of whom cannot obtain legal status and are vulnerable to exploitation, says a new report by the group Human Rights Watch.The new Lebanese residency policies adopted in 2015 “are making life impossible for refugees in Lebanon and are pushing them underground,” stated Nadim Houry, the group’s deputy Middle East … [Read more...]

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After second abduction, Franciscan priest freed in Syria

Latakia, Syria, Jan 5, 2016 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan priest Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who had been briefly kidnapped by unknown jihadist militants in Syria in July and was abducted a second time just before Christmas, and has again been set free by his captors.“Today we received the communication that Fr. Dhiya Azziz has been liberated and that he is doing well,” a brief Jan. 4 statement from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land read.The statement reported that the … [Read more...]

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Doing the Father’s will: how Orthodox rabbis see common ground with Christians

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 14, 2015 / 07:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent statement from Orthodox rabbis calls for “fraternal partnership” between Christians and Jews, reflecting on their commonalities and on recent efforts by Catholics to improve relations with Jews. “We Jews and Christians have more in common than what divides us: the ethical monotheism of Abraham; the relationship with the One Creator of Heaven and Earth, Who loves and cares for all of us; Jewish Sacred … [Read more...]

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