For Boko Haram victims – and their babies – Catholics pledge full support

Abuja, Nigeria, May 28, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many escapees of the terrorist group Boko Haram include women and girls who are pregnant as a result of rape, and Nigeria's Catholics have been swift to show solidarity and support for the victims. “To the women who are victims of the criminal actions by the Boko Haramists, we extend special concern and empathy,” the country's bishops said in a May 25 letter. “We appeal to them to keep faith in God Almighty … [Read more...]

Syrian Catholic archdiocese asks prayers for kidnapped priest

Homs, Syria, May 22, 2015 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has asked for prayers for the priest’s safe release. According to Fides, the Homs archdiocese “asked all the faithful to invoke the Lord in prayer so that Father Jacques is released and can return to his life of prayer, to serve his brothers and all Syrians.” Father Jacques Mourad was reportedly kidnapped … [Read more...]

Despite support from their president, Egypt’s Christians are attacked by their neighbors

Cairo, Egypt, May 21, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday. Egypt has historically has been more tolerant and  relaxed towards Christians than its Middle Eastern neighbors, said Samuel Tadros, an Egyptian native and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for … [Read more...]

A modern-day St Francis? Archbishop works to rebuild Syrian Church amid destruction

Aleppo, Syria, May 15, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A four-year civil war in Syria has left a mounting death toll and displaced millions of persons, but one bishop is staying to rebuild the Church in Aleppo, in the northwest corner of the country. “The Church is living,” Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo told CNA earlier this month. “Here, I am building, I am restoring, I am maintaining a lively Church in which every stone is a human being and who can … [Read more...]

Pope urges bishops in African nation to oppose violence toward women

Vatican City, May 8, 2015 / 12:56 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians in the west African nation of Mali to provide a strong witness of the family, and exhorted their bishops to give special attention to the situation of women there. “The Christian witness of the family still needs greater coherence: in your cultural context, also marked by divorce and polygamy, Catholics are called upon to concretely proclaim, through their witness, to the Gospel of life … [Read more...]

Facing uncertain future, Iraqi refugees sacrifice for education

Erbil, Iraq, May 5, 2015 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- Less than a mile away from the local coffee shops, fancy restaurants, and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, some 60,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are taking refuge, tucked away in the mostly Christian neighborhood of Ankawa. Having fled the violence of the Islamic State, some 150 Christian families have begun to settle into their new surroundings, which typically take the form of tents and shipment … [Read more...]

Bishop: Boko Haram is spreading to Cameroon – while the world looks the other way

Abuja, Nigeria, Apr 24, 2015 / 01:23 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- A bishop in Cameroon has sent out an urgent message that the militant Islamist group Boko Haram is increasingly spreading into his country – but that media around the world are paying no attention.   In a memorandum made available to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Bruno Ateba of the Diocese of Maroua-Mokolo lamented that the violence perpetrated in northern Cameroon by Boko … [Read more...]