Masses suspended in Niger due to church burnings

Niamey, Niger, Jan 22, 2015 / 04:32 pm (CNA).- The bishops of Niger have canceled Masses and activities at Catholic schools, health care facilities and charity outreaches after Muslim extremists set fire to dozens of churches across the country. Reports indicate that more than 40 churches were torched over the weekend to protest the new caricatures of Mohammed published by the Charlie Hebdo magazine in its latest edition. The publication of the images is a response to an attack on the … [Read more...]

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Suffering in Sierra Leone, hard-hit by Ebola, reminds bishop of civil war years

Kenema, Sierra Leone, Jan 22, 2015 / 02:01 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- From providing spiritual support to ensuring preventive care, the Diocese of Kenema in the eastern part of Sierra Leone is deeply involved in the country’s fight against the Ebola virus. This vital struggle continues, even as the epidemic has largely dropped from the headlines in the US. Bishop Patrick Koroma of Kenema told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need about a full range of … [Read more...]

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Malawi’s Bishop Joseph Zuza dies in car accident

Mzuzu, Malawi, Jan 15, 2015 / 02:30 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics in Malawi are mourning the death of Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza of Mzuzu, who died in a car crash on Thursday at the age of 59. The communications secretary of the Malawi bishops conference, Fr. Andrew Kaufa, confirmed the death to CNA on Jan. 15. The bishop was driving himself along the Chikangawa-Nthungwa road, returning to Mzuzu, and his car rolled several times. He was rushed to the hospital in Mzuzu, where he … [Read more...]

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In Kurdish Iraq, new beginnings for exiled nuns and priests

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 14, 2015 / 04:07 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- In 2014, more than 120,000 Christians in Iraq, among them dozens of priests and religious, had to flee from the Islamic State. Many have found refuge in the autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq after having lost everything, among them Sister Sanaa Hana. The nun is mother superior of a community of Sacred Heart Sisters. “ISIS blew up our convent in Mosul on Nov. 24. They first tried to blow up the four crosses on the … [Read more...]

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In Kurdish Iraq, new beginnings for exiled nuns and priests

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 14, 2015 / 04:07 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- In 2014, more than 120,000 Christians in Iraq, among them dozens of priests and religious, had to flee from the Islamic State. Many have found refuge in the autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq after having lost everything, among them Sister Sanaa Hana. The nun is mother superior of a community of Sacred Heart Sisters. “ISIS blew up our convent in Mosul on Nov. 24. They first tried to blow up the four crosses on the … [Read more...]

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In Kurdish Iraq, new beginnings for exiled nuns and priests

Erbil, Iraq, Jan 14, 2015 / 04:07 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- In 2014, more than 120,000 Christians in Iraq, among them dozens of priests and religious, had to flee from the Islamic State. Many have found refuge in the autonomous Kurdish regions of Iraq after having lost everything, among them Sister Sanaa Hana. The nun is mother superior of a community of Sacred Heart Sisters. “ISIS blew up our convent in Mosul on Nov. 24. They first tried to blow up the four crosses on the … [Read more...]

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Twenty-one Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya

Misrata, Libya, Jan 14, 2015 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Libyan affiliate of the Islamic State claimed the abduction of 21 Coptic Christians on Monday, releasing pictures of those they had captured. “State of Tripoli”, Islamic State's affiliate in Libya, published three pictures Jan. 12 of the kidnapped Copts with the caption “Soldiers of the Islamic State captured 21 Christian Crusaders,” according to the New York Times. Family members of some of the … [Read more...]

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