Seeking hope, Central Africans pray novena for peace

Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec 19, 2013 / 04:37 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As severe violence continues to afflict the Central African Republic, Catholics are praying a novena for peace and encouraging forgiveness amid the “desolation.” Bishop Nestor Desiré Nogo Aziagbia of Bossangoa has said that his country is in “shambles” after a year of fighting and political unrest. “The Central African Republic has become a shadow of its former self,” said … [Read more...]

Release abducted nuns, Orthodox bishop urges Syrian rebels

Homs, Syria, Dec 17, 2013 / 04:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An Orthodox bishop in Syria has called for the release of 12 nuns kidnapped by Islamist rebels, saying they “have done no harm to anyone.” “We’ve now reached the point where even nuns are being abducted. What have they done wrong? It’s a crime. The abductors want to demonstrate that they show no mercy,” Bishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Homs and Hama, told Aid to the … [Read more...]

Zimbabwean bishops concerned by polarization after elections

Harare, Zimbabwe, Dec 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- The bishops of Zimbabwe have released a proposal for restoration and peace in the country following the national elections which were held in July and which have polarized the nation's people. “We write this Pastoral Letter three months after the national elections were conducted, when the dust from those elections has settled down somewhat,” the bishops wrote in their Dec. 3 letter, released by charity Aid to the Church in … [Read more...]

Central African Republic mired in violence amid threat of genocide

Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec 10, 2013 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A year of violence threatening the stability of the Central African Republic has escalated in recent weeks, leaving more than one million people in need amidst calls for foreign aid and warnings of the potential for genocide. “In the capital Bangui, where I am, there has been shooting on the streets and people hacked to death with machetes,” said Renee Lambert, Catholic Relief Service's country manager … [Read more...]

Shipwrecked man survives underwater for three days praying psalms

Lagos, Nigeria, Dec 5, 2013 / 01:02 pm (CNA).- After a shipwreck off the coast of Nigeria, a 29-year-old man survived three days at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean while constantly reciting a psalm his wife mentioned to him during their last conversation. Harrison Okene was a Nigerian cook on the tugboat Jascon 4, which was one of three vessels pulling an oil tanker. It capsized and sank about 32 kilometers off the coast of Nigeria in late May with its 12 crewmembers aboard. Although the … [Read more...]

Bishops urge New Evangelization for Ghana

Accra, Ghana, Nov 20, 2013 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic bishops of Ghana called for “renewed zeal” to spread the Catholic faith, saying all Christians are called to participate in the New Evangelization.“Ghana has in recent years been touted not only as a peaceful and an emerging stable democracy but also as a profoundly religious nation,” the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference said in a communique.The bishops cited the growing Christian … [Read more...]

South Sudanese bishops praise national progress, urge reform

Juba, South Sudan, Nov 19, 2013 / 05:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The  bishops of South Sudan find “much to celebrate” in the newly independent country, praising peaceful advances, while also noting causes for concern. “Building a new nation is not a quick nor easy task. Most of our people are living in peace and democracy for the first time in decades. There is religious freedom, with Muslims, Christians and followers of African traditional religion able to practice their … [Read more...]