For South Africa’s bishops, the Year of Mercy is a time to heal racial division

Pretoria, South Africa, Mar 11, 2016 / 12:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Repentance, spiritual healing, and hard conversations are necessary to respond to racism and racial divisions, the bishops of South Africa said on Monday.The Holy Spirit “calls us as a country to be healed; to build and develop relationships of equality, dignity and mutual respect,” the bishops wrote. “Dialogue, rational and respectful, is necessary so that we open ourselves to receive God’s … [Read more...]

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Priest still missing after Yemen attack that killed 4 nuns

Aden, Yemen, Mar 9, 2016 / 03:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a lack of news and the prospect of difficult negotiations ahead, the Salesians remain hopeful that their priest kidnapped in Yemen last week will be freed.Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped March 4 during an attack on a convent and nursing home run by the Missionaries of Charity in Yemen.The attack resulted in the deaths of four Missionaries of Charity, two staff members, eight nursing home residents and a guard, according to … [Read more...]

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Four sisters dead in attack on Missionaries of Charity home in Yemen

Aden, Yemen, Mar 4, 2016 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- At least 16 people are dead after two gunmen attacked a Missionaries of Charity convent and nursing home for elderly and disabled persons in Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen, on Friday.Four of the victims were sisters of the Missionaries of Charity, the community founded by Blessed Mother Teresa. They have been identified by the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia as Sr. Anselm from India, Sr. Margherite from Rwanda, Sr. Reginette … [Read more...]

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Is Boko Haram on the run in Nigeria?

Ibadan, Nigeria, Jan 27, 2016 / 12:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The bishops of southwest Nigeria have praised the country’s apparent progress towards countering the Boko Haram insurgency.“Occurrences of senseless killing by the Boko Haram have decreased and many displaced people are apparently returning to their former homes. We prayerfully congratulate the Nigerian Army and the security forces for their sacrifice and commitment,” the Catholic bishops of the Ibadan Ecclesiastical … [Read more...]

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Satellite images confirm: Iraq’s oldest monastery destroyed by Islamic State

Mosul, Iraq, Jan 22, 2016 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Elijah's Monastery in Mosul dated back to the sixth century, making it the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. Muslims and Christians alike have made pilgrimages to the Chaldean Catholic monastery, invoking both poets and historians to write about its religious impact within the Middle East.The Associated Press obtained satellite images this month showing that St. Elijah's, also known as Dair Mar Elia, was demolished by … [Read more...]

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Vocations bloom in the desert: two priests are ordained in United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jan 17, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week Catholics in Southern Arabia gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.Fr. Darick Paul D'Souza and Fr. Arun Raj Manuel were ordained at a Mass in St. Joseph's Cathedral in the capital of the United Arab Emirates Jan. 8, for the Holy Trinity (Karnataka) and St. Francis (Kerala) provinces of the … [Read more...]

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In Ghana, a broken bone can mean starvation. This doctor wants to change that.

Accra, Ghana, Sep 7, 2016 / 06:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dr. Joseph Marotta, an orthopedic surgeon from Albany, New York, had always intended to use his medical skills to help people in developing countries. But the final inspiration didn’t come until he was 50 years old.“I was sitting at Mass one day and there was an Italian missionary who was working in Sudan and Somalia,” Marotta told CNA.The missionary, he recounted, said: “We need your money, I come to ask for your … [Read more...]

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