South Africa says assisted suicide will remain illegal

Pretoria, South Africa, Dec 9, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While countries around the world such as Canada, Germany and Japan have passed legislation to legalize physician assisted suicide, one has ruled to reject it: South Africa.The country's Supreme Court of Appeals overturned a high court ruling on Tuesday that would have allowed Robin Stransham-Ford, a 65-year-old retiree who had prostate cancer, to kill himself with the help of a doctor.“A court addressing these issues … [Read more...]

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How one young Ethiopian made 300 Christian converts

Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, Dec 7, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A distant part of Ethiopia last week celebrated the baptisms of 300 adult catechumens, youth, and infants.“Today when you receive this great Sacrament of Baptism you become sons and daughters of God, people of God and members of the Church; this brings great joy in heaven and great joy on earth for the entire Church,” Bishop Lesanu-Christos Matheos Semahun of the Bahir Dar-Dessie Ethiopian eparchy said in his Nov. 27 … [Read more...]

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How the Catholic Church could help the crisis in the DRC

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dec 6, 2016 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In late September, Pope Francis met with the controversial president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila.But instead of greeting him in the same room where he usually meets other visiting leaders, a “glum looking Francis” waited for President Kabila in his library. Many interpreted the breach of protocol with Kabila as a subtle Vatican snub.During the brief exchange, translated … [Read more...]

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Nigerian Catholics reflect on mercy: God never fails to forgive

Benin City, Nigeria, Nov 29, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy came to a close, a gathering of Nigerians took the time to reflect on God’s mercy and prayed to be more merciful towards others in their lives.“All who are suffering and who feel that God is distant should have recourse to the mercy of God who forgives and who cannot abandon his children,” the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria said in a statement. “God does … [Read more...]

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In Syrian monastery, priest who escaped ISIS sees signs of hope

Homs, Syria, Nov 27, 2016 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The fourth-century saint Mar Elian’s relics survived the Islamic State’s destruction of the Syrian monastery that bears his name, and a priest who escaped captivity says these are among the signs of hope for Syria.“In Mar Elian, we have always hoped to welcome everyone. Mar Elian was really a sign of hope for the Syrian people,” Fr. Jacques Mourad told CNA. “Everything changed when I was taken hostage. But we … [Read more...]

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Christianity returns to the towns of Iraq’s Nineveh Plain

Mosul, Iraq, Nov 22, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two years after the sound of church bells was replaced by the sound of explosives in Bashiqa, Iraq, just north of Mosul, Christians are again celebrating Mass after forcing the Islamic State out of their homeland.Christian liturgies have been celebrated yet again in the Church of Mar Korkeis, after Bashiqa was taken back by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters Nov. 7, according to Reuters. The event marked the first time that Christian liturgies … [Read more...]

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‘Forgive us’ – Rwandan bishops on Catholic role in genocide

Kigali, Rwanda, Nov 21, 2016 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Rwanda have apologized for Christians' role in the deadly 1994 genocide.“We apologize for all the wrongs the Church committed. We apologize on behalf of all Christians for all forms of wrongs we committed. We regret that church members violated (their) oath of allegiance to God’s commandments,” said Rwanda's Conference of Catholic BishopsThe statement, read at parishes across Rwanda, … [Read more...]

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