Iraqi Christians say there’s no going home after rise of Islamic State

Amman, Jordan, Jan 7, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians lived in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but the violent rise of the Islamic State has convinced many Christian refugees they must forever leave their homeland. “No, we will never go back,” Taif Hanna, an engineer from Mosul, told reporters in Amman Oct. 28. “ISIS tried to kill us,” he said. The militant group offered three choices: conversion to Islam, payment of an extortionate tax, or … [Read more...]

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In Zimbabwe, poverty is the Church’s biggest enemy

Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe, Dec 30, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Felix Tachiona Mukaro is disappointed in his country’s politicians, as many Zimbabweans are, saying they are more concerned with power than the peoples' poverty. “All they care about is influence and power, not the country itself or the fact that the economy is in shambles and people don’t know how they are supposed to make it through the day,” he said in a recent interview with international … [Read more...]

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In refugee limbo, Iraqi Christians keep the faith

Amman, Jordan, Dec 29, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Threatened by forced conversion or death at the hands of the Islamic State, many Iraqi Christians have had to flee their homes – but one refugee family sheltered at a Jordanian church has declared their continued faith. “We are nearly every day going to the church here. We are praying. Still we have the faith,” Dr. Imad Ibraheem Daood, a 47-year-old surgeon and father of four, told CNA Oct. 28. “We lost many … [Read more...]

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Catholic refugee relief opens hearts in Syria

Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 26, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. “The Church is a very big player in the humanitarian efforts,” said Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso, the pontifical council’s secretary. “The fact that we are helping the whole … [Read more...]

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How the Church has helped fight AIDS in Uganda, Malawi

Kampala, Uganda, Dec 23, 2014 / 09:35 am (CNA).- Catholic leaders in Uganda and Malawi have issued largely positive informal progress reports on local Church efforts to combat HIV/AIDS in the African nations. A report from the Uganda Episcopal Conference that was provided to CANAA (Catholic News Agency for Africa) stressed “the contributions that the Catholic Church has made through one of its currently running projects to the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of … [Read more...]

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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...]

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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...]

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