This priest in Cameroon evangelizes through soccer

Mamfe, Cameroon, May 25, 2016 / 04:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father William Cañón is a Colombian missionary in Cameroon who transforms into a soccer coach every Sunday, helping to bring joy to some 60 local children through sport and camaraderie.“After going to the Eucharist, we gather and provide a time of Christian formation; then, with my limited knowledge of sports, we play soccer,” Father Cañón told Pablo Romero of El Tiempo, a Colombian daily.The … [Read more...]

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With Albino killings on the rise, Malawi’s bishops speak out

Lilongwe, Malawi, May 25, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid increased violence against albinos in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, the bishops' justice and peace commission has condemned their killing, which is linked to the practice of witch doctors.“Albinos are being abducted and killed for ritual purposes. Graves have been exhumed and some people have been caught by the police with bones and other albino body parts,” Martin Chiphwanya, acting national … [Read more...]

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Don’t love concepts – love people, Pope Francis tells aid workers

Istanbul, Turkey, May 24, 2016 / 04:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Addressing a global summit on humanitarian aid, Pope Francis offered encouragement and a reminder – don’t ever forget that each suffering person you encounter has a name.“(T)here must be no family without a home, no refugee without a welcome, no person without dignity, no young man or woman without a future, no elderly person without a dignified old age,” the Pope said.“‘Leaving no one … [Read more...]

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Nun attacked in South Sudan dies from gunshot wounds

Juba, South Sudan, May 23, 2016 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Slovak nun and medical doctor died Friday from gunshot wounds she suffered in an attack in Yei, South Sudan last week.Sister Veronika Terézia Racková was shot and wounded by three soldiers on May 16, and died from her injuries on May 20, said Martin Kramara, spokesperson of the Slovak Bishops Conference (KBS), according to Slovak news sources.The sister had been driving a patient to a nearby hospital when she was … [Read more...]

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The suffering of Syria’s Christians taught him how to be a priest

Madrid, Spain, May 18, 2016 / 12:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.“They wake us up to the essential and important things in life,” he told the Spanish daily ABC. The witness of the persecuted Christians in Syria is “an antidote for the mediocre and decadent world of our societies.”Fr. Miranda is a member of the … [Read more...]

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‘I am a Kurd and a Jew’: an interview with Iraq’s Sherzad Mamsani

Erbil, Iraq, May 12, 2016 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- Terrorist attacks don’t phase Sherzad Omar Mamsani, even when an attack claimed one of his arms and left shrapnel throughout his legs. There’s a reason he was a target: he is a Kurdish Jew.“This is my calling. How can I run away from it? This is my history. This is my faith. This is not something I do just for a living. It is my life,” Mamsani told CNA .Last year, Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government appointed Mamsani … [Read more...]

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Aleppo archbishop calls for solidarity with Christians in Syria

New Haven, Conn., May 7, 2016 / 05:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The future of Christianity in the Middle East remains uncertain, and it is critical that the international community remain engaged, said a Melkite Catholic archbishop from Syria.Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo delivered these comments during a two-day visit to Connecticut that culminated with meetings at the international headquarters of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven.The visit began Sunday night with a talk … [Read more...]

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