Central African bishop recounts Holy Week kidnapping

Bossangoa, Central African Republic, May 13, 2014 / 04:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Central African bishop who was abducted on Holy Wednesday by Seleka rebels, and on his way to be executed, has called the incident “a great misfortune.” Bishop Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia of Bossangoa was in a car with three priests of his diocese on their way to Immaculate Conception parish in Batangafo on April 16. “Around 5 p.m. we were intercepted by Seleka rebels under the … [Read more...]

Nigerian cardinal urges action to free kidnapped girls

Abuja, Nigeria, May 7, 2014 / 10:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has called for “concrete action” to save the hundreds of girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, saying his country is “ashamed” by the failure to find them. “Up until now we are hearing practically nothing concrete on the issue,” Cardinal Onaiyekan told Vatican Radio May 6. “I think almost every Nigerian is taken aback. We cannot explain what is … [Read more...]

Rhode Island military chaplain introduces Boston Marathon to Afghanistan

Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 3, 2014 / 09:08 am (CNA).- A year ago, Father Lukasz Willenberg could never have imagined that this year, despite racing under a most unique set of conditions in one of the most inhospitable areas of the world, he would manage to top his finishing time in last year’s Boston Marathon.Instead of a bright, sunny morning with a light breeze blowing in off the ocean, Father Luke, and more than 500 runners representing all branches of the Armed Forces taking … [Read more...]

Argentine nun heads to Syria after Pope’s call to peripheries

Gaza City, Apr 30, 2014 / 04:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A religious sister from Argentina, who has been serving for four years in the Gaza Strip, is preparing to go to the Syrian city of Aleppo, in response to Pope Francis’ call to aid those who are “forgotten.” At his first General Audience after being elected, Pope Francis on March 27, 2013, called on Catholics to learn “to come out of ourselves … in order to go to meet others, to go toward the outskirts of … [Read more...]

Health workers in West Africa respond to Ebola outbreak

Conakry, Guinea, Apr 10, 2014 / 05:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Health care workers are joining forces with Catholic charities and local communities in response to a deadly outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. “I've been here 37 years as a missionary and through five wars, and I say to myself, 'I never thought we'd have Ebola now to look at.' But it's what happened and we have to fix it,” said Sister Barbara Brilliant, a Franciscan Missionary of Mary. Sr. Barbara … [Read more...]

Migrants in Holy Land look forward to papal visit

Jaffa, Israel, Apr 10, 2014 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Migrant workers in the Holy Land are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' pilgrimage to Palestine, Israel and Jordan next month, and are praying for its success. “The migrant workers' communities are eagerly awaiting the Pope with joyful expectation,” Fr. Tojy Jose, OFM, head of the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land, told CNA April 5. Pope Francis will travel to the Holy Land May 24-26, marking the 50th anniversary of … [Read more...]

Priest murdered in Syria witnessed to Christ’s love

Homs, Syria, Apr 7, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA).- A priest of the Society of Jesus who refused to leave his flock in the Syrian city of Homs was murdered by an unknown gunman Monday morning. Fr. Frans van der Lugt, a native of the Netherlands, was killed April 7. He was caring for the fewer than 30 Christians who remain in the Old City district of Homs, which has been blockaded by the Syrian regime for nearly two years. “Where people die, their faithful shepherds also die with them,” … [Read more...]