New Armenian Catholic patriarch pulled from retirement to take the reins

Beirut, Lebanon, Aug 1, 2015 / 03:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a rare move, the Armenian Catholic Church has pulled their new patriarch from out of retirement to take on the role as their new head. Church leaders cited his energy and authority as necessary when dealing with current issues, particularly those in the Middle East. Gregory Peter XX Ghabroyan was elected Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians July 24. He succeeds former patriarch Nerses Pierre XIX Tarmouni, who died June 25. The … [Read more...]

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African leaders counter Obama’s ‘ideological colonization’ in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, Jul 28, 2015 / 02:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. president Barack Obama has come under fire from African politicians and Church leaders after advocating for gay rights in Kenya this weekend – a practice Pope Francis has referred to as “ideological colonization.” “Even if people don’t like us for it, our Church has always said homosexuality is unnatural and marriage is between a man and a woman,” Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja told the News … [Read more...]

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Aleppo archbishop aims to help Christians stay in Syria

Aleppo, Syria, Jul 24, 2015 / 06:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With half of Syria’s population displaced due to its ongoing civil war, Church leaders in the country are seeking to send a message of hope and support for the persecuted Christian minority who have chosen to stay. “At the time of this writing, Aleppo is undergoing a massive assault by jihadists, and bombs have been falling for hours. It is as if everything is being done to scare people and push them to leave,” Melkite … [Read more...]

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Hope for Gaza? Despite a tough year, Catholic aid group says yes

Gaza City, Jul 23, 2015 / 04:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is helping conflict victims to find new homes. “It’s hard to believe it’s been a year already. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been a particularly productive or positive year,” Catholic Relief Services country representative Matt McGarry told CNA July 22. About 117,000 Palestinians in the Gaza … [Read more...]

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Less ‘euro-centric,’ please – what African bishops want from the synod

Nairobi, Kenya, Jul 22, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- October's synod of bishops on the family should take on a global perspective, rather than sticking to isolated issues found primarily in western society, African Church leaders have said.The chance that voices of the European Church could dominate synod discussion is “a danger of a Eurocentric Synod without strong input from Africa,” Fr. Joseph Healey of the Maryknoll Society told the Catholic News Agency for Africa … [Read more...]

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Despite terror attack, Christians in Tunisia have reasons to remain hopeful

Tunis, Tunisia, Jul 9, 2015 / 01:51 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of a June 26 terrorist attack on tourists in Tunisia which killed 38 people, one of the country’s leading Catholic priests insisted that the majority of Tunisians are not extremists.  "The government also does not want an Islamic sharia state – on the contrary," said Father Sergio Perez, who is in charge of St. Vincent de Paul Cathedral in the capital city of Tunis, in an interview with … [Read more...]

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Franciscans asks prayers for kidnapped priest in Syria

Latakia, Syria, Jul 7, 2015 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The organizations of Franciscan missionaries serving in the Holy Land have requested prayers for the safe return of Father Dhiya Aziz, who was abducted by militants in Syria on Saturday. The Custody of the Holy Land have stated that they lost contact with Fr. Aziz on July 4. He is a Franciscan priest of the organization, and was parish priest at Yacubiyeh, a village in Syria's Idlib province, more than 56 miles northeast of … [Read more...]

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