Fr. Tom still missing, but bishop hopeful about his release

Aden, Yemen, May 4, 2016 / 10:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Two months after being kidnapped in Yemen, Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil remains missing, although a bishop involved in his case remains hopeful about his timely release.“The last words, which are quite reassuring, I received indirectly about ten days ago. I was told that Father Tom is alive, and that his return to freedom could be imminent,” said Bishop Paul Hinder OFM Cap, Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia.“But since … [Read more...]

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South African bishops rebuke government for spending billions on weapons

Cape Town, South Africa, May 4, 2016 / 06:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of South Africa have criticized the government for excessive weapons spending given the country’s major social problems. “We insist that, in the absence of discernible external military threat to our country, and in a country which is struggling to recover from high levels of unemployment and extreme poverty, it is ethically irresponsible and unnecessary to spend billions of scarce resources … [Read more...]

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Nigerian bishop warns against embracing violence after attack by herdsmen

Nsukka, Nigeria, May 3, 2016 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Diocese of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria is still searching for answers following the massacre of dozens of Christians, Bishop Godfrey Igwebuike Onah has urged locals to embrace peace even in the face of such “persistent provocation.”“The Catholic Diocese of Nsukka is in mourning for her dead children and in pains for the displaced ones. We are also living in fear because we do not know where and when the … [Read more...]

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Why Iraq wasn’t what I thought

Erbil, Iraq, May 1, 2016 / 04:02 pm (CNA).- Loai Behnam Toubia pulls up his shirt, uncovering a thick, dark scar – probably 10 inches long – that tears vertically down his large, round belly.With a cockeyed arm he points to three smaller scars that decorate the left side of his misshaped abdomen, marking the times he was shot when ISIS opened fire on his car last year.I stand in the dust surrounded by rows of boxy prefab trailers listening to his story. I focus on the scar … [Read more...]

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French bishops travel to Iraq in support of Christian students

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 21, 2016 / 12:36 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A delegation of bishops and priests from France are visiting Iraq April 17-21 to aid young Christian students living in the refugee camps.The visiting bishops are the Archbishop of Marseilles, Georges Paul Pontier and the Bishop of Pontoise, Stanislas Lalanne. Also accompanying them are  Father Pascal Gollnisch, director general of l’Oeuvre d’Orient, a French aid society for Christians in the Middle East; and Father … [Read more...]

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Two years after Boko Haram’s schoolgirl kidnappings, has anything changed?

Abuja, Nigeria, Apr 14, 2016 / 04:05 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Two years ago, radical Islamists with the militant group Boko Haram stormed a school in Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapping 276 teen girls. The event initially sparked global outrage, with high-profile personalities taking pictures on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag, #BringBackOurGirls.The press coverage and social media campaigns eventually died down. But today, two years later, 219 of the girls are still missing.And … [Read more...]

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‘Astounding’ – Cardinal Dolan talks about his trip to Iraq

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 13, 2016 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As he leaves Iraqi Kurdistan, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said what struck him most during the visit were the people’s faith and hope, despite violent persecution.“These people from an earthly point of view don't have much, but my, oh my, their sense of resilience and hope were simply astounding,” Cardinal Dolan said in an interview with CNA.“Do they mourn the past? Yes they do, but they’re about the present … [Read more...]

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