Will Boko Haram honor a ceasefire? Probably not.

Abuja, Nigeria, Oct 17, 2014 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A reputed ceasefire and agreement to return scores of abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria merit skepticism given Boko Haram’s violent ideology and the previous failures of the Nigerian government, one observer says. “We have heard that these girls have been rescued by the military - twice in the last six months. We have also heard of ceasefires twice in as many years. As with all information coming out of government circles, … [Read more...]

Violence subsides in Central African capital, but what next?

Bangui, Central African Republic, Oct 14, 2014 / 06:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Violence has subsided in the Central African Republic’s capital of Bangui after a week of conflict, but the lack of security and an ineffective justice system are enduring problems, a relief worker in the country has said. “A tense calm prevails over Bangui, as it has for many months, interspersed with violent spells,” Leann Hager, Catholic Relief Services’ country representative in the Central … [Read more...]

‘Our Church is in danger’: Catholics in Aleppo, Homs

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 9, 2014 / 03:26 pm (Aid to the Church in Need).- Sister Maria of Nazareth has committed herself to an extraordinary mission. The Argentine nun from the Institute of the Incarnate Word has been living in Aleppo, Syria, for the past two months.She has been ministering to a traumatized Christian community in the former million-strong metropolis in the north of the country, which has suffered some of the worst violence of the three year-old civil war. Previously based in the … [Read more...]

For Liberia’s faithful, only Christ offers hope amid Ebola panic

Monrovia, Liberia, Oct 9, 2014 / 11:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With hundreds dead from the devastating Ebola virus and no signs of relief on the horizon, one archbishop in Liberia says the people’s faith is what helps them maintain hope. “The people of Liberia are very religious people who believe and hope in eternal life,” Archbishop Miroslaw Adamczyk, the Holy See’s apostolic nuncio to Liberia, said Sept. 30. “Liberians have suffered much and continue to have a … [Read more...]

Kidnapped Franciscan priest in Syria released by militants

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 9, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Custody of the Holy Land announced Thursday that the Franciscan priest who was abducted in Syria by rebels over the weekend has been released, and is under house arrest at the convent in his town. “Fr. Hanna Jallouf has been released this morning,” the Custody of the Holy Land said in an Oct. 9 statement, adding that “he is under House Arrest” at the convent of Qunaya. Fr. Jallouf, O.F.M., is 62 and a … [Read more...]

Iraq has done ‘absolutely nothing’ for displaced Christians

Erbil, Iraq, Oct 8, 2014 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Iraqi bishop whose community is hosting more than 70,000 Christians who fled violence in Mosul and its surroundings has expressed dismay at the national government in Baghdad for failing to offer assistance. “The reality is that Christians have received no support from the central government. They have done nothing for them, absolutely nothing,” Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil told Christian … [Read more...]

Franciscan priest, Christian villagers abducted by Syrian militants

Aleppo, Syria, Oct 7, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Militants linked to al-Nusra Front kidnapped a Catholic parish priest and as many as 20 people from a Christian village in Syria on Sunday night. The priest has been identified as 62-year-old Father Hanna Jallouf, O.F.M. “Let us pray for him and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war,” the Custody of the Holy Land said on its website. The Custody of the Holy Land, which oversees Franciscan activity in … [Read more...]