Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, Sep 2, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society. This was the message given to women from nearly twenty countries across Africa who convened this week in Nairobi, Kenya for “The African Women Moving Towards the African Year of Reconciliation” conference. The three-day meeting was organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in collaboration with the Association of … [Read more...]

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Why women are needed to help end violence in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, Sep 2, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Women are the key to reconciliation in both the family and society. This was the message given to women from nearly twenty countries across Africa who convened this week in Nairobi, Kenya for “The African Women Moving Towards the African Year of Reconciliation” conference. The three-day meeting was organized by the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in collaboration with the Association of … [Read more...]

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Bishop in Swaziland seeks prayer, reflection after country’s deadly truck accident

Manzini, Swaziland, Sep 2, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishop of the small, southern African kingdom of Swaziland has called for prayer and reflection in response to a road accident that killed as many as 65 young girls preparing for the country’s Reed Dance festival. “We mourn the death of so many young girls,” Bishop Jose Ponce de Leon of Manzini said Aug. 29. “Each one of us had been entrusted by God with the safety and dignity of these young … [Read more...]

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‘Africa will save the family’ – one cardinal’s prediction on the Church’s future

Cotonou, Benin, Sep 1, 2015 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent – he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe. “I have absolute confidence in African culture,” Cardinal Robert Sarah told the Catholic weekly La Croix du Benin. “I have absolute confidence in the faith of the African people, and I am sure Africa … [Read more...]

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Amid threat of violence, CRS works to ease food shortage in Mali

Bamako, Mali, Aug 26, 2015 / 12:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a hazardous situation in the African country of Mali, Catholic Relief Services is working to support displaced people and hungry school students, while calling for more humanitarian aid to help stabilize the country.   “Only last week, two CRS staff were stopped in Timbuktu while traveling by car, they were blindfolded and forced to kneel, and then all of their belongings were stolen,” Niek de Goeij, CRS country … [Read more...]

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Islamic State destroys ancient Catholic monastery in Syria

Homs, Syria, Aug 21, 2015 / 03:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Reports surfaced on Thursday that Islamic State militants have bulldozed Mar Elian Monastery, an ancient structure located just outside a Syrian town captured by the group earlier this month. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a British-based monitoring group, on Aug. 20 said that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery using bulldozers. Photos of the destruction were soon released online by the militant Sunni Islamist … [Read more...]

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Dozens of new grads join the ranks of Kenya’s Catholic nurses

Nairobi, Kenya, Aug 20, 2015 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What began as a training facility for rural health care workers in the 1970s has now turned into a Catholic nursing school with hundreds of graduates. This year, during the Aug. 14 graduation ceremony held in Nairobi for St. Luke’s Registered Community Health Nursing School, Bishop Joseph Mbatia of Nyahururu told the 54 new nurses that they have been trained for a very distinct reason. “The Church and indeed the Kenyan … [Read more...]

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