Suspension of Nicaraguan Maryknoll priest lifted

Managua, Nicaragua, Aug 4, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has revoked the 'suspension a divinis' of Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, who was in 1984 barred from exercising his priestly ministry because he had taken political office. The gesture of generosity was made after Fr. d'Escoto, 81, had sent a letter expressing his desire to “celebrate the Holy Eucharist again before dying.” The priest had been suspended for holding office in Nicaragua's … [Read more...]

Pakistani Catholics foster dialogue, fellowship with Muslims

Lahore, Pakistan, Aug 1, 2014 / 08:05 pm (CNA).- Catholics in Pakistan reached out to the local Islamic community in an effort to promote peace between the religious groups in their nation and throughout the Middle East. “The objective of this gathering is to express harmony with our Muslim brethren, to eliminate the gaps and to live peacefully with one another,” said Fr. Francis Nadeem of St. Joseph’s Parish, Lahore Cantonment, as he welcomed the … [Read more...]

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aug 1, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths. “This is the first time West Africa has experienced an Ebola outbreak,” said Michael Stulman, CRS Regional Information Officer for West and Central Africa. “A lot of people don’t know what Ebola is, or they … [Read more...]

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aug 1, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths. “This is the first time West Africa has experienced an Ebola outbreak,” said Michael Stulman, CRS Regional Information Officer for West and Central Africa. “A lot of people don’t know what Ebola is, or they … [Read more...]

Catholic charity to hold day of prayer for peace in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, Aug 1, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Aid to the Church in Need has scheduled Aug. 6 as day of prayer for Iraq, portions of which are now controlled by Islamist militants, in response to the violence threatening Christians and others in the nation. The prayer initiative is being supported by the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon, Louis Raphael I Sako, who has composed a text for the day of prayer. In a message issued for the occasion, Patriarch Sako underscored that Aug. 6 is … [Read more...]

Violence in Nigeria has ‘no boundaries’ now, archbishop says

Rome, Italy, Jul 25, 2014 / 12:33 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of two bombings this week in Nigeria, targeting both an Islamic scholar and a senior politician, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called for greater proactive efforts to identify all violent groups. “The two separate bombings in Kaduna is a further indication that there is progression rather than retrogression of violence in the northern part of Nigeria,” Archbishop Kaigama said in comments made to CNA July … [Read more...]

Ceasefire signed in Central African Republic conflict

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, Jul 25, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Rival factions in the Central African Republic signed a ceasefire on Wednesday in hopes of halting the deadly violence, but it is unclear whether it will be effective. “We have signed this ceasefire agreement today in front of everyone. Our commitment is firm and irreversible," Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, who represented the Seleka faction, said July 23. Patrick Edouard Ngaissona, head of the anti-Balaka … [Read more...]


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