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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Child labor, sexual abuse, death – the plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2016 / 04:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The life of a refugee is rarely easy. But it is particularly difficult for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, most of whom cannot obtain legal status and are vulnerable to exploitation, says a new report by the group Human Rights Watch.The new Lebanese residency policies adopted in 2015 “are making life impossible for refugees in Lebanon and are pushing them underground,” stated Nadim Houry, the group’s deputy Middle East … [Read more...]

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After second abduction, Franciscan priest freed in Syria

Latakia, Syria, Jan 5, 2016 / 12:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan priest Fr. Dhiya Aziz, who had been briefly kidnapped by unknown jihadist militants in Syria in July and was abducted a second time just before Christmas, and has again been set free by his captors.“Today we received the communication that Fr. Dhiya Azziz has been liberated and that he is doing well,” a brief Jan. 4 statement from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land read.The statement reported that the … [Read more...]

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Doing the Father’s will: how Orthodox rabbis see common ground with Christians

Jerusalem, Israel, Dec 14, 2015 / 07:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent statement from Orthodox rabbis calls for “fraternal partnership” between Christians and Jews, reflecting on their commonalities and on recent efforts by Catholics to improve relations with Jews. “We Jews and Christians have more in common than what divides us: the ethical monotheism of Abraham; the relationship with the One Creator of Heaven and Earth, Who loves and cares for all of us; Jewish Sacred … [Read more...]

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How can we live the Year of Mercy? Suggestions from Southern Africa’s bishops

Bethlehem, South Africa, Dec 12, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time to reach out to others as “missionaries of God’s mercy,” the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference said on Tuesday. They cited Pope Francis’ words from his proclamation of the Year of Mercy: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.” “It is this mercy which has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit,” … [Read more...]

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Military action frees 900 captives of Boko Haram, Cameroon official says

Yaounde, Cameroon, Dec 4, 2015 / 06:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cameroon’s government has said a multi-national military action has freed 900 hostages of the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram. Joint forces from Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria and Benin reportedly killed over 100 militants and arrested 100 more in late November. The military operations appear to have taken place in the Sambisa Forest, located in northern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria. Soldiers who raided the Boko Haram … [Read more...]

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Seeking peace and mercy, Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Bangui

Bangui, Central African Republic, Nov 29, 2015 / 09:20 pm (CNA).- “Bangui is today the spiritual capital of the world,” Pope Francis said as he opened the Holy Door of Bangui’s cathedral on Sunday--the first time a Pope has opened a Holy Door outside Rome. Pope Francis proclaimed: “We all pray for peace, mercy, reconciliation, pardon, love. Throughout the Central African Republic and in all the nations of the world which suffer war, let us pray for peace. And together … [Read more...]

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