South Sudanese diocese evacuated due to violence, looting

Malakal, South Sudan, Mar 18, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The South Sudanese Malakal diocese has been evacuated as many areas there have been “completely destroyed” following violence committed by rebel forces, the diocesan administrator says. “We have lost everything – all our possessions. Many of our churches, homes and so on have been razed to the ground – and everything has been looted,” Msgr. Roko Taban, administrator of the Diocese of Malakal, … [Read more...]

Boko Haram violence continues in attacks on barracks, school

Abuja, Nigeria, Mar 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of militants believed to be members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked an army barracks in Nigeria March 14, the latest event in the country’s years of violence from the group. The army said it had repelled the attack on the barracks in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, in Borno state. “They set many houses on fire and killed innocent people,” Jamila Yusuf, a local resident, told the Nigerian … [Read more...]

Bishop hopes to create new home for Catholics in Arabia

Awali, Bahrain, Mar 17, 2014 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in the Arabian peninsula look forward to building a new cathedral in Bahrain, creating a permanent home for the Church and a place to help support Catholics coming to the region. “Our mission is to form a better society, to witness with our love that God loves all,” said Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia, in a March 13 interview with CNA. The Northern Arabia vicariate apostolic serves … [Read more...]

Three years in, Catholics note brutality of Syrian conflict

Damascus, Syria, Mar 15, 2014 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As today marks the third anniversary of uprisings which led to civil war in Syria, Catholic leaders there and in neighboring Lebanon have reflected on its devastating effect on both countries. “It creates a huge impact on (the Lebanese) in all aspects, and in terms of security issues…it's had a huge impact,” Wadih Daher, assistant to Archbishop Issam John Darwish, told CNA in a March 13 interview. Daher spoke … [Read more...]

Abducted Orthodox nuns released by Syrian rebel group

Damascus, Syria, Mar 10, 2014 / 03:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of Greek Orthodox nuns in Syria, as well as women from their convent’s orphanage, were returned safely Sunday, following their kidnapping by the rebel al-Nusra Front. “God did not leave us,” said Mother Pelagia Sayyaf of the convent of St. Thekla, when they arrived in Damascus Monday, March 10. One dozen nuns and three workers were abducted from St. Thekla convent in Ma’loula, located 35 miles north … [Read more...]

Missionaries reflect on anniversary of expulsion from South Sudan

Juba, South Sudan, Mar 9, 2014 / 08:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fifty years after their expulsion from South Sudan, missionaries reflected on the challenges and unexpected blessings borne out of the dismissal, as well as upon the future of the country. "The expulsion: was it a sign or an inevitable misfortune?" asked Fr. Daniele Moschetti and Sr. Giovanna Sguazza, provincial superiors of South Sudan of the Comboni Missionaries and Comboni Sisters, a missionary religious order, in a Feb. … [Read more...]

Churches critical to development of South Sudan, author says

Washington D.C., Mar 6, 2014 / 04:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With unique knowledge and solidarity with the people, churches play an essential role in helping cultural development in South Sudan, said an author familiar with the region. “I think it’s crucial for people to understand that South Sudan is fundamentally dependent on the churches,” said Gabriel Meyer, a Catholic journalist and author who has written and lectured extensively on the region. Development in South … [Read more...]


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