Nigerian bishop says Boko Haram murdered 2,500 in his diocese

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sep 18, 2014 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri has denounced the militant Islamist group Boko Haram for the murders of more than 2,500 faithful in his Nigerian diocese. Bishop Doeme is currently taking refuge in the Nigerian state of Adamawa, together with thousands of faithful, Fides news agency reports. The bishop denounced Boko Haram in an interview with the newspaper ThisDay. He said most of the refugees in his area escaped being … [Read more...]

Death toll rises in Central African violence

Bangui, Central African Republic, Sep 16, 2014 / 02:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands more people have died in ongoing violence in the Central African Republic since December, and many more of the dead may never be counted, new estimates suggest. The Associated Press tallied the dead by consulting survivors, Christian and Muslim clergy and aid workers across 50 communities. The tally suggests that at least 5,186 people have died in the fighting, an increase from the U.N. estimate of 2,000 … [Read more...]

Report: Boko Haram threatens regional capital in Nigeria

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sep 13, 2014 / 06:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The militant Islamic group Boko Haram has surrounded Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, according to local leaders who charge that the national government is not doing enough to combat the group. “The insurgents have rendered impassable almost all the roads leading to Maiduguri,” the Boko Elders Forum said. The forum also said that the insurgents intend to attack the city “from all directions,” the BBC … [Read more...]

Iraqis will be seen like early Christian martyrs, priest predicts

Baghdad, Iraq, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Argentinian priest caring for the Catholic community in Baghdad says the faith of persecuted Iraqi Christians is moving and will continue inspiring future believers for generations.   “The number of martyrs the Middle East is giving to the world is amazing. It is not well known but it will be in many years, and we will speak of them like we do of the acts of the martyrs of the early years of Christianity,” Father Luis … [Read more...]

Indians in Holy Land eager to celebrate Nativity of Mary

Jerusalem, Israel, Sep 4, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Spiritual preparations for the Nativity of Mary blending culture and faith are underway in the Holy Land, where the Indian Chaplaincy serves emigrants from Goa and elsewhere in India. “A grandiose celebration of the Nativity of Virgin Mary, called the ‘Monti Fest’ by the Konkani speaking group, is being organized by the Indian Chaplaincy in Holy Land with traditional gaiety and religious fervor,” said Fr. Tojy … [Read more...]

Islamist extremists capture two more cities in Nigeria

Maiduguri, Nigeria, Sep 3, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid increasing attacks at the hands of the Islamic State in the Middle East, the similarly radical Islamist group Boko Haram has captured at least two additional cities in different states in Nigeria in recent days. The group has killed thousands since 2009, including at least 2,000 in 2014 alone. Madagali: Christians flee, parish looted then set ablaze In late August, Boko Haram captured the town of Madagali in Nigeria's … [Read more...]

Interfaith women’s group begs UN to act in Middle East

Lahore, Pakistan, Sep 1, 2014 / 04:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An inter-religious women’s group in Pakistan has appealed to the United Nations to offer support and protection for those suffering in Iraq and Gaza. Organized under the patronage of the Council for Interfaith Dialogue in the Archdiocese of Lahore, Pakistan, an inter-faith group of more than 50 women - including lay and religious - gathered Aug. 26 for a special prayer service, offered for the deceased Christians and Muslims in … [Read more...]