A Christmas message from Aleppo’s bishop: hope for joy, peace

Aleppo, Syria, Dec 22, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As Christmas approaches, the Melkite Catholic bishop of Aleppo has written a letter to his diocese looking forward to the feast of hope, urging his people to practice charity to the less fortunate, much like in diocese around the world. But Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart's letter also voices profound hope that peace will return to their country in the next year. “Christians all over the world are preparing the beautiful … [Read more...]

Boko Haram suspected in reported kidnapping of 200

Abuja, Nigeria, Dec 19, 2014 / 11:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Nigerian gunmen suspected to be with the militant Islamist group Boko Haram reportedly killed 35 people and kidnapped about 200 young men, women and children in northeast Nigeria on Sunday. “They gathered the people, shot dead over 30 people and took away more than 100 women and children in two open-top trucks, said villager Maina Chibok, who visited the remote village of Gumsuri shortly after the attack. She added that the … [Read more...]

Catholic Radio bringing voice to voiceless in Uganda

Arua, Uganda, Dec 19, 2014 / 08:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A small community radio station in rural Uganda, running almost entirely on solar power, is spreading the Gospel and giving “voice to the voiceless” in regions of conflict and suffering. Radio Pacis, located in Arua, Uganda, was recently the recipient of Eurosolar's European Solar Prize for 2014 in the category of One World Corporation, for its promotion of solar power. “We produce more power during the day than … [Read more...]

In Central African Republic, Catholics reach out to Muslim ex-rebels

Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec 18, 2014 / 04:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims. Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the president of the bishops' conference and archbishop of the capital city of Bangui, recently visited a camp where former members of the Seleka rebel militia, most of whom … [Read more...]

Debt, illness, discrimination – Syrian refugees struggle in Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 17, 2014 / 02:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After losing their homes and their livelihoods, Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now finding their plight worsened by the financial costs, medical stresses, and prejudices that can accompany living in a foreign land. “You can imagine how a person feels after working 35 years and losing your shop and house, basically losing your future. That’s all gone,” Mariam Hasan Hallak, 66, told CNA Nov. 1 in an interview at a … [Read more...]

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

Bethlehem, West Bank, Dec 16, 2014 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity over the weekend as part of their preparations for Christmas. As they walked the five miles between the cities on Dec. 13, the faithful prayed the rosary for the intention of peace in Palestine and Israel. The pilgrimage is held annually by the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy … [Read more...]

Does the West ignore Iraqi Christians because they lack economic stake?

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 14, 2014 / 06:06 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- The leader of the Syriac Catholic Church has lashed out at Western governments, charging that they ignore the plight of displaced Christians in Iraq because they represent no economic stakes. In an interview in the French capital with international charity Aid to the Church in Need, Patriarch Joseph III Younan of Antioch and All the East said the Western world had been largely silent about the situation facing Christians … [Read more...]