We must forgive: a bishop’s message after a horrendous Nigerian massacre

Abuja, Nigeria, Jun 22, 2016 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After the sorrow of an April massacre in southeastern Nigeria, a Catholic bishop said the killers of dozens of people must still be forgiven.“Although we may find it hard to forgive the violent attack that has brought us so much grief, we know that an unforgiving spirit will never bring us peace,” Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah of Nsukka said at a burial service for nine of the victims.In April, invaders suspected to be … [Read more...]

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Vacation Bible School is a light in darkness for Syrian children

Aleppo, Syria, Jun 21, 2016 / 02:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For children growing up in Aleppo, Syria, life is anything but easy. In a city devastated civil war, bombings are common and death is never far away.But for some 350 Christian children in the city, there is a light amid the chaos: Vacation Bible School.The children gather under the motto “Be merciful as our Father is merciful” to pray for their country and to pray for the conversion of the jihadists.“We're not … [Read more...]

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South Sudan’s bishops encourage a way forward for war-torn nation

Juba, South Sudan, Jun 21, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Reconciliation and work for the common good, not assumptions of perpetual doom, are necessary to overcome the problems facing South Sudan, the country’s bishops have said.“We regret the amount of negativity and pessimism that we hear – from South Sudanese who are still steeped in the old ways of power and tribalism; from the international community; on the internet; in the media; on social media; within the … [Read more...]

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Christians in Aleppo offer food to poor Muslims during Ramadan

Aleppo, Syria, Jun 17, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the war raging around them, Syriac Orthodox Christians in Aleppo have decided to provide food to poor Muslim families throughout the Islamic month of Ramadan.According to Agenzia Fides, the information service of the Pontifical Mission Societies, faithful of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo are offering breakfast and evening meals to “the poorest Muslim families” living in the predominantly Christian and … [Read more...]

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Pakistan murder shows Christians not immune from ‘honor killing’ custom

Lahore, Pakistan, Jun 16, 2016 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A teenage Christian girl in Pakistan was reportedly killed by her own brother this week in a so-called “honor killing” over her plans to marry.The young woman, Anum Ishaq Masih, was in her late teens. She had insisted that she would marry a Christian neighbor, but the family did not agree to the marriage.Saqib Ishaq Masih, 23, allegedly smashed his sister’s head with a log while she slept early Sunday morning, … [Read more...]

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Is the situation in Nigeria about to get much worse?

Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2016 / 04:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigeria is a ticking time bomb, with violence and discrimination threatening to tear the country apart and spread its existing refugee crisis throughout the region, a new report claims.“Nigeria is a country on the verge of fracturing along religious fault lines,” stated a report “Nigeria: Fractured and Forgotten” released by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative June 8.“What is unfolding in Northern … [Read more...]

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As Ramadan begins, Chaldean patriarch prays for Iraqi Muslims

Baghdad, Iraq, Jun 9, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Muslims celebrating Ramadan will have the prayers of Chaldean Catholics, Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Babylon has said.The Chaldean patriarch said that “We as a Church … bind our wishes with yours, expressing our solidarity, sincere feelings, respect and prayers from the bottom of our hearts that God may watch over Iraq and protect Iraqis.”He said Chaldean Catholics will pray for Muslims so that “your … [Read more...]

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