How a Malawi bishop argues against abortion

Karonga, Malawi, Nov 11, 2016 / 12:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Joseph the Worker’s care for the infant Jesus is the model for opponents of an abortion bill in Malawi.Archbishop Thomas Luke Msusa of Blantyre praised St. Joseph’s bravery in accepting responsibility to care for, defend, and protect the infant Christ from all harm.The chairman of the Malawi bishops' conference spoke in Karonga Nov. 5 at the consecration of a cathedral named for St. Joseph the Worker, the Catholic … [Read more...]

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Christ’s burial slab uncovered for the first time in centuries

Jerusalem, Israel, Oct 28, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Have you ever wondered what the tomb of Jesus Christ looks like? National Geographic recently detailed the “moment of revelation” at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which exposed the rock slab on which Christ's body is held to have been placed after his death.The slab had been covered for centuries by a marble structure to protect it."The marble covering of the tomb has been pulled back,” … [Read more...]

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Iraqi archbishop remains hopeful: ‘there will always be Christians’ here

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 28, 2016 / 12:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- Iraqi Christians stranded in Kurdistan have some reason for hope, now that the battle for Mosul and the Nineveh Plane has begun. However, the Chaldean archbishop who, for two years now, has played a pivotal role in taking care of the humanitarian and spiritual needs of the exiled community, urges caution in painting too rosy a picture for Iraq’s embattled minorities.“Iran, Turkey and the Kurds all have a stake in … [Read more...]

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‘Heinous’ desecration at site of Christ’s Transfiguration

Jerusalem, Israel, Oct 26, 2016 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Suspected burglars’ desecration of the Church of the Transfiguration has prompted outcry from leading Christians in the Holy Land.“The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, together with all Churches and the Custody of the Holy Land, condemn this desecration as a heinous crime and an act that violates the sanctity of the Holy Sites,” the patriarchate said Oct. 25.“We also ask the police to conduct an … [Read more...]

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With just one place to worship, Somalia is a dangerous place for Christians

Djibouti, Djibouti, Oct 25, 2016 / 12:03 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “Even if work has to be done silently, it is better to be here than not be here.” These are the words of Bishop Giorgio Bertin, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Mogadishu.The prelate, who has been in the region for almost 40 years and is also Bishop of Djibouti, was hinting at the grave risks Christians face in the Horn of Africa.There is only a single church in Somalia: St. Anthony of Padua in … [Read more...]

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Christian girls who barely escaped ISIS credit Mary for their safety

Kirkuk, Iraq, Oct 23, 2016 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven young women in Kirkuk credit the Virgin Mary for their safety after spending a harrowing eight hours hidden underneath beds while Islamic State group fighters used their room as a hideout during an assault on the city.“The Virgin Mary was with them,” Fr. Roni Momika told CNA Oct. 23.The priest, who ministers in refugee camps of Ankawa, Erbil in northern Iraq, was in cell phone contact with two of the girls while they … [Read more...]

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Holy See and Benin sign agreement on Church’s legal status

Cotonou, Benin, Oct 22, 2016 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See and the Republic of Benin have signed an agreement formally recognizing the legal status of the Catholic Church in the country, guaranteeing the Church’s ability to carry out her mission in service of the common good.Representatives from both the Holy See and the Republic of Benin gathered at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Cotonou, the African country’s largest city, … [Read more...]

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