Do not become a prisoner of fear, Nigerian bishop urges

Jos, Nigeria, Aug 6, 2014 / 02:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, a city in northern Nigeria, has stressed the importance of remaining present to his people despite the looming threat posed by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram. “I go out. I never miss any public functions or ceremonies. That tells (my priest and religious) that I am with them, and with the people,” Archbishop Kaigama told Aid to the Church in Need July 31 while in New York. “I go … [Read more...]

Aid workers grateful for Gaza ceasefire, but remain wary

Jerusalem, Israel, Aug 5, 2014 / 04:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is offering locals and aid workers invaluable time to safely secure essential supplies, but many remain skeptical that it will bring an end to the region’s ongoing violence. “Everyone, unfortunately, has become very skeptical of the ceasefires at this point,” said Matthew McGarry, Catholic Relief Services’ representative for Jerusalem, Gaza and the West … [Read more...]

Catholic religious brother dies of Ebola in Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia, Aug 5, 2014 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saint Joseph’s Catholic Hospital and the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God in Liberia have announced that a hospital director passed away Aug. 2 after contracting the Ebola virus. Brother Patrick Nshamdze, 52, had been a member of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God for 23 years. He reportedly contracted the Ebola virus on July 29, just two weeks after testing negative for the illness. So far the Ebola virus has … [Read more...]

Suspension of Nicaraguan Maryknoll priest lifted

Managua, Nicaragua, Aug 4, 2014 / 05:57 pm (CNA).- Pope Francis has revoked the 'suspension a divinis' of Fr. Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann, who was in 1984 barred from exercising his priestly ministry because he had taken political office. The gesture of generosity was made after Fr. d'Escoto, 81, had sent a letter expressing his desire to “celebrate the Holy Eucharist again before dying.” The priest had been suspended for holding office in Nicaragua's … [Read more...]

Pakistani Catholics foster dialogue, fellowship with Muslims

Lahore, Pakistan, Aug 1, 2014 / 08:05 pm (CNA).- Catholics in Pakistan reached out to the local Islamic community in an effort to promote peace between the religious groups in their nation and throughout the Middle East. “The objective of this gathering is to express harmony with our Muslim brethren, to eliminate the gaps and to live peacefully with one another,” said Fr. Francis Nadeem of St. Joseph’s Parish, Lahore Cantonment, as he welcomed the … [Read more...]

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aug 1, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths. “This is the first time West Africa has experienced an Ebola outbreak,” said Michael Stulman, CRS Regional Information Officer for West and Central Africa. “A lot of people don’t know what Ebola is, or they … [Read more...]

Education crucial to limiting Ebola outbreak, relief agency says

Freetown, Sierra Leone, Aug 1, 2014 / 05:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As the deadly Ebola virus continues to claim victims in West Africa, Catholic Relief Services is working to fight the outbreak by educating affected communities and dispelling local myths. “This is the first time West Africa has experienced an Ebola outbreak,” said Michael Stulman, CRS Regional Information Officer for West and Central Africa. “A lot of people don’t know what Ebola is, or they … [Read more...]


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