A year after ISIS invasion, religious minorities in Mosul could disappear

Washington D.C., Jun 9, 2015 / 03:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One year after ISIS invaded Mosul, the Iraqi city’s diverse religious heritage is on the verge of extinction, warned a U.S. government commission on Tuesday. If appropriate actions are not taken, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) warned, the diverse heritage of Christians, Yazidi, Sunni and Shi’a living together could be lost completely from northern Iraq. “One year ago, the world … [Read more...]

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Among the ruins of Iraq, Christians’ faith burns brightly

Erbil, Iraq, Jun 9, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the potential threat from the nearby Islamic State, several monks and students in northern Iraq have found refuge in an ancient monastery, certain they are in God's hands no matter what happens. Erbil’s Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said that those who have chosen to remain in the fourth century Monastery of Saint Matthew have “expressed their faith that this is a secure place.” He told CNA June 8 that … [Read more...]

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Ethiopia’s Cardinal Souraphiel brings African family values to the college of cardinals

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Jun 7, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Elevated to the rank of cardinal in February, Ethiopian Archbishop Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa has brought the richness of African values to bear in the College of Cardinals. “Africa may be poor in material things but is very rich in values, especially traditional values; family values; the treasure of the extended family; the value for life; respect of elders; the value of receiving the pilgrim, the … [Read more...]

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African, European bishops’ meeting promotes an authentic ‘joy of the family’

Maputo, Mozambique, Jun 5, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A group of bishops from across Africa and Europe met last weekend pledging to redouble their efforts in favor of families, and examining challenges of the 2014 Synod on the Family as well as prospects for the 2015 synod. The bishops who gathered in Mozambique at the May 28-31 Seminar on the Family were from the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe (CCEE). The … [Read more...]

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For Boko Haram victims – and their babies – Catholics pledge full support

Abuja, Nigeria, May 28, 2015 / 04:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Many escapees of the terrorist group Boko Haram include women and girls who are pregnant as a result of rape, and Nigeria's Catholics have been swift to show solidarity and support for the victims. “To the women who are victims of the criminal actions by the Boko Haramists, we extend special concern and empathy,” the country's bishops said in a May 25 letter. “We appeal to them to keep faith in God Almighty … [Read more...]

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Syrian Catholic archdiocese asks prayers for kidnapped priest

Homs, Syria, May 22, 2015 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed on Friday that a priest in the diocese has been kidnapped, and has asked for prayers for the priest’s safe release. According to Fides, the Homs archdiocese “asked all the faithful to invoke the Lord in prayer so that Father Jacques is released and can return to his life of prayer, to serve his brothers and all Syrians.” Father Jacques Mourad was reportedly kidnapped … [Read more...]

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Despite support from their president, Egypt’s Christians are attacked by their neighbors

Cairo, Egypt, May 21, 2015 / 04:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Egypt’s Christians continue to face worrisome persecution, despite the words and actions of its president to show goodwill to the community, an expert in religious freedom testified to the US Congress on Wednesday. Egypt has historically has been more tolerant and  relaxed towards Christians than its Middle Eastern neighbors, said Samuel Tadros, an Egyptian native and a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute’s Center for … [Read more...]

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