Ankawa bomb attack strikes unease in refugees with nowhere else to go

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 18, 2015 / 02:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A car bomb explosion in front of the American consulate in what is considered the safest city in Iraq has left many unnerved and anxious, praying that nothing else will penetrate the stronghold. “Certainly, everyone will be very concerned about this situation. We hope nothing more comes. We hope this refuge remains solid and strong, safe. This is what we hope because we have nowhere else to go,” Fr. Behnam Benoka told CNA from Erbil April 17 … [Read more...]

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Kidnapped Nigerian girls deserve more than just a hashtag, activist says

Jos, Nigeria, Apr 15, 2015 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls abducted a year ago by the group Boko Haram deserve a major, sustained rescue effort, says a Nigerian lawyer who urges far more global attention for the wider crisis in the country. “Every day of captivity for these girls is a dark day in their lives and their parents’ lives. It's harder to keep hope alive,” international human rights lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe of the U.S.-Nigeria Law … [Read more...]

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With Iraqi Christians besieged, these are the priests and nuns who choose to stay

Alqosh, Iraq, Apr 15, 2015 / 04:31 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- “At night we often hear gunfire,” says Father Steven, a priest in Alqosh, Iraq. “But luckily we are quite a bit away from the fighting,” he adds. In fact, as the crow flies, the town of Alqosh is only 10 miles away from the front line, where the heavily armed Kurdish Peshmerga forces and ISIS fighters are facing off. When the weather is good, you can see the Christian towns on the Nineveh Plane that … [Read more...]

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Kenyan bishop laments terrorism, calls for unity

Nairobi, Kenya, Apr 13, 2015 / 10:48 am (Aid to the Church in Need).- In the wake of the recent massacre of 148 people – mainly Christians – at a university in the Kenyan city of Garissa, Cardinal John Njue, the Roman Catholic archbishop of the capital Nairobi, has called on all citizens for a spirit of unity. Cardinal Njue read a declaration April 8 at Nairobi’s Chiromo mortuary, where the bodies of the victims had been collected. In his statement – a copy of which … [Read more...]

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Slovak ‘Charity Battalion’ aids displaced Christians in Iraq

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 9, 2015 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- It seems to be just another house in the city of Ozar on the outskirts of the Iraqi city of Erbil, but a small sign shows it is different from the rest: the Saint Elizabeth Clinic is where Zuzana Dudova has set up operations along with her small contingent of Slovakian Catholic volunteers who are serving Christian refugees displaced from their homes by the Islamic State.Dudova, a young doctor who graduated from Saint Elizabeth University … [Read more...]

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Patriarch welcomes court’s ‘courageous’ decision to block Israeli wall through West Bank

Jerusalem, Israel, Apr 8, 2015 / 02:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has praised an Israeli Supreme Court decision prohibiting the country's army from routing a security wall through Palestinian land in the West Bank, which would have separated 58 Christian families from their land. The patriarch welcomed the April 2 decision as “a victory for Israeli justice itself since it had the courage to take such a decision.” He also noted “the efficacy … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends rosaries, Easter cakes to Iraqi Christians

Erbil, Iraq, Apr 7, 2015 / 03:37 pm (CNA).- The Solemn Easter Vigil in Erbil, Iraq, concluded in a spirit of joyful celebration with the distribution of dove-shaped Easter cakes and rosaries sent by Pope Francis to thousands of Chaldean Christians displaced by ISIS. More than 70,000 Christians fled to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, after their villages came under attack by the Islamic State (ISIS) last June. The militants have since established a caliphate and have persecuted … [Read more...]

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